PATIENTS AND FAMILIES
While the Medical Library's primary purpose is to serve the faculty, students and staff of the IU School of Medicine, medical librarians also assist Indiana citizens by referring users to good online medical information resources, organizing databases of useful medical information, and answering factual questions. We do not provide medical advice or interpret medical information. Your physician or another health professional should be contacted for that type of information.
The Medical Library is open to the public: by appointment, and the following services are available:
- Medical Librarians are available from 9am-5pm, Monday through Friday for consultation by phone or in person by appointment.
- To use the printers as part of a reference consultation a copy card must be purchased at the Information Desk. There are no coin-operated printers in the library.
- Books may be checked out by Indiana University-affiliated patrons and licensed Indiana healthcare professionals only.
- If you wish to request an article that we do not own, you can request a copy by going to Document Delivery at: http://library.medicine.iu.edu/ill. Article fees start at $11 per item.
Just Starting? We recommend the following web sites as free, authoritative sources of medical information:
|MedlinePlus is an up-to-date authoritative database of medical information which includes a drug encyclopedia, medical dictionary, health directory, videos and tutorials and much more!|
|INSPIRE (Indiana Virtual Library) includes many full-text journal articles and pamphlets on health topics. Check out the HealthSource: Consumer; HealthSource: Nursing; and Medline databases. INSPIRE includes thousands of journals in business, general interest and other topics. NOTE: INSPIRE may only be used within the State of Indiana.|
|Drugs, Supplements and Herbal Information
|Internet Searching Using Google. Check the date, author and sponsor of the site. Web sites from government agencies, universities, and organizations like the American Cancer Society are usually the most authoritative.|
|For more information on evaluating health information on the web, see: Guide to Healthy Web Surfing.|
Email us at Ask-a-Med-Librarian: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Call the Information Desk: 317-274-7182
Fax us at: 317-274-4056