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NLM Databases

  • ChemIDplus
    View and manipulate chemical structures for over 388,000 chemicals. Create SIS and TRANS models, conduct structure similarity searches, and view chemical synonyms.
    Up-to-date information for locating federally and privately supported clinical trials for a wide range of diseases and conditions.
  • Dietary Supplements Labels Database
    Information about label ingredients in more than 5,000 selected brands of dietary supplements. It enables users to compare label ingredients in different brands. Information is also provided on the "structure/function" claims made by manufacturers.
  • Disaster Information Management Research Center
    This site provides access to many diverse resources, which are useful for disaster and emergency readiness, response, and recovery. Information coverage includes bioterrorism, chemical emergencies, fires, geological events such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, landslides and mudslides, pandemic disease outbreaks such as H1N1, radiation emergencies, and weather.
  • Genetics Home Reference
    Provides consumer-friendly information about the effects of genetic variations on human health.
  • Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj)
    A database providing access to ongoing grants and contracts in health services research. It contains descriptions of research in progress funded by federal and private grants and contracts for use by policy makers, managers, clinicians and other decision makers.
  • HIV/AIDS Portal
    Links to journal literature, clinical trials and treatment information, meeting abstracts, and other scientific and consumer-related resources.
  • Household Products Database
    Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products.
  • MedlinePlus
    For patients and their families and friends, this site contains information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand.
  • Meeting Abstracts via NLM Gateway
    To locate meeting abstracts, enter the conference name followed by [CN] (example: International Conference on Aids [CN])
  • Mobile Resources
    Find and use NLM mobile apps and sites.
  • My Family Health Portrait
    A place to enter and save your family health history.
  • My Medication List
    A place to track your medications
  • NCBI Bookshelf
    Bookshelf is an online searchable collection of more than 500 books, reports, databases, and other scholarly literature in biology, medicine, and the life sciences.
  • NLM Catalog
    The NLM Catalog provides access to NLM bibliographic data for journals, books, audiovisuals, computer software, electronic resources and other materials. Links to the library's holdings in LocatorPlus, NLM's online public access catalog, are also provided.
  • NLM Gateway
    "One-stop searching" for many of NLM's information resources or databases. Fact sheet
  • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)
    A catalog of human genes and genetic disorders, with links to literature references, sequence records, maps, and related databases. It is based on the book, Mendelian Inheritance in Man.
    "OMIM is a comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes that is freely available and updated daily. The full-text, referenced overviews in OMIM contain information on all known mendelian disorders and over 12,000 genes. OMIM focuses on the relationship between phenotype and genotype. It is updated daily, and the entries contain copious links to other genetics resources."
  • PHPartners
    Helping the public health workforce find and use information effectively to improve and protect the public's health
  • PubMed
    Provides free access to MEDLINE, NLM's database of citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences. UNMC Full-text (when available) can be found via the GetIt@UNMC buttons in the abstract view.
  • Specialized Information Services (SIS)
    Information resources and services in toxicology, environmental health, chemistry, and HIV/AIDS. Also includes the Outreach and Special Populations Branch (OSPB), which seeks to improve access to quality and accurate health information by underserved and special populations.
    A cluster of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas. Databases include Hazardous Substances Data Bank, Integrated Risk Information System, International Toxicity Estimates for Risk, Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System, Genetic Toxicology, Household Products Database, Haz-Map, TOXMAP, LactMed, Carcinogenic Potency Database, TOXLINE, Development and Reproductive Toxicology/Environmental Teratology Information Center, & ChemIDplus.

NLM K-12 Resources

NEW RESOURCE! Charles R. Drew Collection: Athlete, Surgeon, Innovator, Mentor. Lesson plans provide detailed class procedures, background information, suggested extension activities, relevant standards, and learning outcomes, as well as a complete set of instructional materials. Grades 7-12.

  • Against the Odds: Making A Difference in Global Health
    How communities work to improve quality of life. Classroom resources included. This online exhibit uses biology, health, and world study topics to engage students in global health issues and solutions from experiential and multidisciplinary perspectives. Lesson plans for grades 3-12.
  • Changing the Face of Medicine: Celebrating America’s Women Physicians
    Features the lives and work of women physicians from the 19th century. Grades 6-12+.
  • Children’s Page
    Health and safety materials for students. Includes quizzes and games. Grades 3-8.
  • Enviro-Health Links - Education, Careers, and Outreach in Toxicology and Environmental Health
    Links to Web sites about education and careers in toxicology and environmental health. Grades 6-8.
  • Environmental Health Student Portal
    Connecting middle school students to environmental health information. Grades 6-8.
  • Evaluating Internet Health Information Tutorial
    Learn how to evaluate health information found on the Web. Grades 6-12+.
  • Exhibition Program: Educational Resources on the Web
    The Exhibition Program at the National Library of Medicine creates online exhibitions that interprets and presents scholarly research in science, history, medicine, and technology in the context of time and society. The exhibition websites feature rich array of visual primary sources and inter-disciplinary perspectives. And many of them provide classroom materials as examples of how interpretive exhibition stories about peoples, places, and events related to science and medicine, may be used to foster engagement and learning among students. Grades 6-12+.
  • Finding and Using Health Statistics
    Course in understanding health statistics. Also includes strategies for locating statistics. Grades 9-12.
  • Frankenstein - Penetrating the secrets of nature
    Explores Frankenstein as a framework for discussing the ethics involved in scientific research. Grades 6-12+.
  • GeneEd
    Teachers can use the site to introduce topics, supplement existing materials, and provide as a reliable source to students conducting research. The site links to categories such as research articles, animation, games, videos, interactive tutorials, and labs and experiments. 3D images, illustrations and text from the NHGRI Talking Glossary help to enrich the user experience by providing vivid imagery to reinforce genetic concepts. Text varies from easy-to-read to advanced reading levels, which makes this a versatile tool both in and out of the classroom. Grades 9-12.
  • Guide to Health Web Surfing
    What to look for when evaluating the quality of health information on the Internet. Grades 6-12+.
  • Harry Potter’s World: Renaissance Science, Magic and Medicine
    Explore the genetics of the characters and the roots of the creatures and magic in the Harry Potter book series in terms of Renaissance science and historical lore. Lesson plans included. Grades 6-12+.
  • Haz-Map
    Choose a job, learn about its dangers. Grades 6-12+.
  • Health Occupations
    Resource links to information about health occupations. Grades 6-12+.
  • Help Me Understand Genetics Handbook
    Basic information about genetics in clear language and links to online resources. Grades 6-12+.
  • Household Products Database
    Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products. Grades 6-12+.
  • K-12 Science and Health Education
    Working with teachers and scientific experts to provide FREE reliable resources to help introduce, reinforce, and supplement education programs. Find websites for biology, careers, environmental health/chemistry, forensics and medical terminology, general health, genetics, health information tutorials, HIV/AIDS, lesson plans, projects, Spanish-language resources. Grades 6-12+.
  • Making Connections: Human Activity, Environmental Impact on Human Health Lesson Plan (PDF 31.04 KB)
    Students will gain a better appreciation for Earth by learning about the relationship between our environment and our health.Grades 6-8.
  • MedlinePlus
    Easy to read health information. An excellent information resource for all ages with over 900 health topics. Also available in Spanish, with 48 additional languages represented. Includes medical images and videos, interactive tutorials, and a medical encyclopedia. Grades 6-12+.
  • Profiles in Science
    Provides access to the archival collections of leaders in biomedical research and public health. Grades 6-12+.
  • Rewriting the Book of Nature: Charles Darwin and the Rise of Evolutionary Theory
    Explore the scientific discoveries and contributions of Charles Darwin. Grades 9-12.
  • Science Primer
    A basic introduction to the science and technology of genetics and genomes. Grades 7-12.
  • Teen Health
    Materials written specifically for teens about health and safety. Grades 7-12.
  • Tox Town
    Guide to commonly encountered toxic substances. Includes classroom materials. Also available in Spanish. Grades 7-12+.
  • ToxLearn and Toxicology Tutorials
    Written at the introductory college student level and teaches basic toxicology principles. Grades 9-12+.
  • ToxMystery
    Interactive site teaching elementary school students about toxic substances in the home. Includes lesson plans and activities. Also available in Spanish. Grades 2-6.
  • Understanding Medical Words
    Tutorial for consumers on understanding medical terminology. Grades 9-12.
  • Visible Human Project
    Complete, anatomically detailed, 3D representations of the normal male and female human bodies. Grades 6-12+.
  • Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body
    Visible Proofs: Forensic Views of the Body. Grades 6-12+.

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