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Free Health & Education Resources for Clients, Families and Caregivers

On this page, you’ll find links to health and education databases that are searchable free of charge.

211 Central

This up-to-date, accessible, searchable database provides comprehensive access to information about social, community, health and government services in the GTA.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The "Diseases and Conditions" section covers major chronic and many infectious diseases, plus birth defects, traveler's health, emergency preparedness, vaccine and immunization information, accidents and injury information, and workplace safety and health.

Education Resources Information Center 

ERIC provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences (IES).

familydoctor.org®

Reliable health information, with sections for children, teens, and seniors.  All information is written and reviewed by physicians and patient education professionals at the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Search conditions and diseases by name, symptom, or age most commonly affected.  Provides many helpful health tools, such as symptom checker, dictionary, BMI calculator, an immunization schedule, plus drug information and health management advice. 

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center

The Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD) provides the public with access to current, reliable, and easy-to-understand information about rare or genetic diseases.

Government of Canada

Find information on health recalls, diseases, vaccinations, products safety, healthy living, systems and services.

healthfinder®

Reliable information from approximately 1,400 health-related organizations.  Includes tools for finding health services and support, National Health Observances toolkits, and information about health care reform. 

healthline®

This free resource will give you an update on your symptoms, disease, disorder.  It also gives you current available information on featured medical topics.

KidsHealth®

From the Nemours nonprofit children's health system; site provides doctor-reviewed advice on physical, emotional, and behavioral topics with separate sections for parents, kids, and teens. 

Mayo Clinic

A wealth of easy-to-understand health and medical information.  In addition to comprehensive disease and condition guides the site includes descriptions of drugs, supplements, tests, and procedures; healthy living guides; a symptom checker; and expert blogs.

MedlinePlus

MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from U.S. National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations.

Merck Manual Consumer Version

The consumer version provides clear, practical explanations for thousands of medical disorders, including symptoms and what doctors do to diagnose and treat medical conditions.

National Rehabilitation Information Center

A literature database on disability and rehabilitation. The database describes over 65,000 documents covering physical, mental, and psychiatric disabilities, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology, law, employment, and other issues as they relate to people with disabilities. The collection spans from 1956 to the present.

Omnigraphics Online Health Reference Library (IP address authenticated) 

Designed for individuals with no specific medical knowledge, these easy-to-use and authoritative sources provide basic medical information for patients, families, educators, caregivers, and the general public. Users will find the eBooks to be excellent resources for reference, research, and personal information.

Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man

This database is a catalogue of human genes and genetic disorders.

Public Health Agency of Canada

A valuable and unique source of timely, trusted and credible public health information on healthy living, disease and injury prevention.

PubMed

PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources.

Talking Glossary of Genetic Terms

The Talking Glossary features more than 250 common genetic terms pronounced and explained in an easy-to-understand way by leading scientists and professionals at the National Human Genome Research Institute.  In addition to definitions, specialists in the field of genetics share their descriptions of terms, and many terms include images, animation and links to related terms.