Health Reference Center

Reliable, Detailed Information on Today’s Most Important Health Topics
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    An essential resource that serves both the reference and practical needs of your patrons, Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors. The up-to-date information comes from hundreds of authoritative sources—information researchers can trust. Thirty-five Topic Centers highlight specially selected content to help users find a starting point for their studies, and numerous videos and collections of illustrations make it easy to find relevant visual media on the most frequently researched topics.

    This important resource also helps improve decision-making skills, addresses social pressures and influences, and provides functional health knowledge that encourages users to practice healthy behaviors.


    • Comprehensive coverage: Health Reference Center includes a wealth of articles, videos, and illustrations on diseases and timely health topics organized with an intuitive design that brings key content to the forefront.
    • Editorially curated Topic Centers: Health Reference Center features specially selected content on key areas of health (including teen’s health, women’s health, men’s health, children’s health, and senior health), specific types of diseases and disorders (including autism spectrum disorders, cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, infectious diseases, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, and obesity), and other reference topics. These comprehensive Topic Centers provide valuable study guides and entry points into the database.
    • Suggested Research Topics: Each Topic Center in Health Reference Center includes handpicked selections showcasing the best resources for each topic—including in-depth overview essays—and providing guidance for research.
    • Journal and reference articles: In Health Reference Center, users can find hundreds of thousands of articles from acclaimed, high-level sources, including thousands of scholarly journal articles from PubMed Central and reference articles from MedlinePlus covering more than 950 diseases and conditions.
    • Daily health news videos: Health Reference Center includes a “Today’s Health” section featuring a new health news video five days a week from HealthDay TV to help users stay on top of the latest information.
    • Videos and illustrations: Health Reference Center contains more than 5,000 informational video clips and more than 2,500 searchable color illustrations, many organized into convenient collections.
    • Authoritative source list: Health Reference Center features a complete inventory, by type, of the extraordinary amount of expertly researched and written content in the database, including articles from a wealth of award-winning proprietary print titles, journal articles from PubMed Central, reference articles from MedlinePlus, images, and videos—information researchers can trust.
    • Curriculum Tools: This section of Health Reference Center features writing and research tips for students and educators, including:
      • Tips for students on topics including citing sources, evaluating online sources, research topics, avoiding plagiarism, and writing research papers.
      • Educator tools, including advice on preventing plagiarism and an essay on the importance of health education in preventing disease.


    • In-depth overview articles, giving extensive background on relevant topics
    • Detailed information on healthy lifestyle choices, recognizing diseases, and seeking treatment
    • Specific, relatable material for seniors, men, women, and teens
    • Search by Common Core, state, national, provincial, International Baccalaureate Organization, College Board AP, national STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards to find correlating articles
    • Convenient A-to-Z topic lists, including lists of drugs, medical tests, and medical organizations
    • Tag “clouds” for all content, linking to related material
    • Search Assist technology
    • BMI calculator
    • Conversion calculator
    • Listing of various hotlines
    • Real-time, searchable Reuters® newsfeed
    • Read Aloud tool
    • Google Translate for 100+ languages
    • Ability for users to set preferences for default language, citation format, and number of search results
    • Dynamic citations in MLA, APA, Chicago, and Harvard formats, with EasyBib export functionality
    • Persistent record links
    • Searchable Support Center with valuable help materials, how-to tips, tutorials, and live help chat.

    Library Journal Best Database

    “…well-organized and easy to navigate…vibrant and engaging…”
    Library Journal

    “…strongly recommended for consumer health collections.”
    Reference Reviews

    “…a unique database with deep content with great browse searching, good illustrations and videos, and useful learning centers…recommend[ed] for middle and high schools as well as for larger public libraries.”
    American Reference Books Annual

    “…a very useful entry point to reliable health information…an excellent choice for libraries wanting to provide non-specialist users with medical information.”
    Reference Reviews

    “…provides comprehensive, trustworthy health information in an interface that helps users find answers quickly.”

    “…offer[s] full-text access to information…a valuable addition to the electronic research collections of most libraries.”

    “…uniquely useful coverage…”
    Library Journal

    Health Reference Center: Check Out the New Overview Video

    An essential resource for your health curriculum, guidance department, and general student use, Health Reference Center includes comprehensive, in-depth coverage of body systems, current health issues, major diseases and conditions, treatments, and procedures, as well as health and nutrition information specific to men, women, children, teens, and seniors—but why not see for yourself? Check out the overview video below!   Our brand-new overview video gives you an up-close look at the depth and breadth of this comprehensive database, including: The authoritative Sources page listing the expertly researched and written content in the database, including articles from books and scholarly journals, images, and videos The easy-to-use Search and Browse options, including the filters to narrow down the results The editorially curated Topic Centers, featuring specially selected content on different health-related subjects, including teen’s health and diseases and disorders The browsable Resources list, with valuable links to convenient A-to-Z topic lists, videos, a BMI calculator, hotlines, and more. Read More ›

    Health Reference Center: New Video Series—Teens’ Healthy Choices

    A brand-new, proprietary video series on teen health has just been added to Health Reference Center. In the Teens’ Healthy Choices series, teens speak to teens about health issues, substance abuse, social pressure, and more, providing the facts and insight teens need to make informed decisions. Read More ›

    Health Reference Center: New Resource Pages on Drugs, Medical Tests, and Organizations

    Three new Resource pages have just been added to Health Reference Center: Drugs, Medical Tests, and Organizations. Each of the new pages contain hundreds of articles, filterable alphabetically or by category, such as by drug type or by diseases and disorders. Read More ›

    Health Reference Center: 700+ New Articles and More

    Health Reference Center features a wealth of new content and updates, including: More than 700 new, timely feature articles, with photographs and infographics, on popular health topics from more than 50 sources at the Centers for Disease Control. Read More ›

    Health Reference Center: 2017 Year in Review—Updates and More

    Health Reference Center has been updated and enhanced throughout the past year, increasing the educational value of this award-winning resource. Read More ›

    Health Reference Center: The Definitive Resource for Health Awareness

    Autism Awareness Month (April), ALS Awareness Month (May), and Children’s Mental Health Week (May) are among the awareness themes being observed this spring. Read More ›

    Health Reference Center: New Daily Health News Videos

    Infobase is pleased to announce that Health Reference Center has added a new “Today’s Health” section to its home page, featuring a short, timely video each day from HealthDay TV. Read More ›

    Health Reference Center: Educational Standards Added

    We are pleased to announce that Health Reference Center is now searchable by all major educational standards, including Common Core, national, state, provincial, International Baccalaureate Organization, College Board AP, national STEM, and Next Generation Science Standards. Read More ›

    Health Reference Center: Thousands of New Journal Articles Added

    Infobase is pleased to announce that an impressive amount of authoritative new content was just added to the newly redesigned Health Reference Center—bringing the total number of articles in the database to more than 120,000. Read More ›

    Health Reference Center: Redesigned and Upgraded

    Infobase is pleased to announce the relaunch of Health Reference Center, the first stop for current, important health information. The redesigned, upgraded database offers an expanded range of trustworthy content and exciting new features, plus a new, more intuitive design that brings key content to the forefront to better facilitate research. Read More ›

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