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General Medical Sites

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The CDC is the lead federal agency responsible for protecting U.S. public health and safety. Its website features a vast amount of data and fact sheets on diseases and conditions, healthy living, emergency preparedness, injury, violence, safety, environmental health, traveler's health, workplace safety, and health information related to specific life stages and populations.
    Operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), this site provides scientifically accurate health information written at a level accessible to a general audience.
    A portal to health and medical information from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations.
  • Mayo Clinic
    Provides extensive and reliable consumer health information on a large array of diseases and medical conditions, drugs and supplements, tests and procedures, healthy living, and help with diagnosing symptoms.
  • MedLine Plus  
    "MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free."
  • The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy (Professional Ed.)
    The Merck Manual is a standard text that provides medical professionals with concise information on the diagnosis and treatment of clinical disorders. This online edition contains photographs, audio, and video material not present in the print versions.
  • The Merck Manual of Medical Information (Home Ed.)
    This version of the Merck Manual is based on the standard text used by medical professionals (see above), but is written in everyday language for patients and caregivers. It "explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they're diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis."
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse
    A comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP). Guidelines are easily searchable by keyword.
    PDRhealth comes from the publishers of the Physicians' Desk Reference, the most "commonly used drug information reference available in the U.S." The site "offers consumer-friendly explanations of disease states and conditions as well as the safe and effective use of prescription and non-prescription drugs as well as herbal medicines."

General Health Information

Finding information about health topics like cancer, obesity, diabetes, nutrition, etc. is easy.  Finding reliable information, however, is more difficult.  You can avoid a lot of the garbage that's out there by using Health on the Net, which searches only websites that have been approved as reliable according to the Honcode standards of the Health on the Net Foundation

You can also use this Google custom search engine, which only searches reputable sites like the National Library of Medicine.  Just type in your search terms and click the Search button:

...or you can explore each site yourself by clicking on one of the links below:

Centers for Disease Control National Institutes of Health National Library of Medicine
Mayo Clinic PDRhealth
MedlinePlus Women's
Merck Manuals






Medical Lab Technology Sites

Other Certification Organizations

In addition to ASCP, there are two other organizations that offer a Medical Laboratory Technician certification exam: American Medical Technologists (AMT) and American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).  The certification requirements and procedures for these are available below.

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Locating Medical Lab Technology Books

Books related to medical laboratory technology are 
mainly classified in the 
R section, especially in 
RB 37-RB 57 
R 860-R 862

Books on microbiological aspects of medical laboratory technology may be found in QR, and most of the general medical books are in R-RC

CSCC Library uses the Library of Congress Classification system to organize the books on the shelf. A typical call number might look like this  RC78 .K315 2001.

For more information about what these numbers mean, take a look at the Library of Congress Classification Outline.


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