Updated October 2013
By Nora St. Peter, MSIS and Katherine Costin, MLS
Alberto Culver Health Learning Center
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 E. Huron St. Suite 3-304
Chicago, IL 60611
This resource is intended as a general guide to useful materials for consumer health collections. Canadian materials are included along with standard medical and health titles. It focuses primarily on general reference works, including indexes and databases, as well as periodicals and government publications. No attempt was made to provide comprehensive listings of works on individual diseases or specific health topics.
Both works intended for the lay public and standard technical and professional works that may be useful in consumer health collections are included. Health care consumers have a wide range of information needs for which both lay and professional level sources may be appropriate.
This guide was originally prepared by Joanne Marshall, Caroline Sewards and Elizabeth L. Dilworth to accompany the article, "Health Information Services in Ontario Public Libraries" (Canadian Library Journal 1991; 48(1): 37-44). The list was expanded and updated on a regular basis by the Consumer Health Information Service staff at the Toronto Public Library through 2007, and by Susan Murray, MLS, in April 2008. The current version of the guide was revised and updated by Nora St. Peter and Katherine Costin in October 2013.
Many of these resources are available in both print and electronic formats. Charges may apply on some sites. The list is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive.