MedlinePlus for Librarians and Health Educators*

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Discover the history, selection criteria and sources of MedlinePlus through hands-on exercises and knowledge checks. Designed to take about an hour to complete, this narrated tutorial explains how to locate information on health topics, drugs, supplements, genetics and medical tests at It also highlights additional tools and the authoritative sources from which draws its health information. is the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier health information portal for consumers.

Course Objectives:

After taking this tour, you should be able to:

  1. Explain why MedlinePlus is an authoritative source of health information for consumers
  2. Identify website features
  3. Find information on specific health topics and tools
  4. Find information on specific drugs, herbs and supplements
  5. Find information on genetics and medical tests


1) Why MedlinePlus? (5 minutes)

2) Health Topics (10 minutes)

3) Drugs and Supplements (10 minutes)

4) Genetics (5 minutes)

5) Medical Tests (5 minutes)

6) Additional Features (10 minutes)

7) End of Course Review (15 minutes)

MLA CE Credits: 1