Health & Wellness


The Ridgefield Library maintains a comprehensive collection of consumer health
resources that provide our patrons with authoritative, up-to-date information on a wide
range of topics that include healthy lifestyles, nutrition, fitness, mindfulness, medical
conditions and treatments, drugs, laboratory and diagnostic tests, complementary
therapies, and much more.

Contact: Adult Service Desk 203-438-2282 x12004

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Online Resources

Authoritative sources of articles and reference information, brought to you by the Ridgefield Library unless otherwise noted. Have your library card handy for log-in.

Academic Search Premier iConnOver 4,600 academic journals on a wide variety of topics, including science, medicine, and psychology.

Consumer Reports  Search for health related products and information, find ratings, recommendations, information on reliability, and buying guides.

MainFILE Search 12,00 publications; covers all topics.
MasterFILE Premier Search magazines, reference books, images and Consumer Reports.


Recommended Websites

Comprehensive, authoritative, up-to-date health information from the National Library of Medicine.

Comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from Medline, life science journals, and online books. 

Mayo Clinic
More than 3,300 physicians, scientists, and researchers share their expertise in a consumer-friendly format.
Excellent resource on women’s health from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The most visited site for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years.

A public service of the U.S. Administration on Aging connecting users to services for older adults and their families.

National Institute on Aging
Focuses on the health issues of older adults and their caregivers.

An award-winning site maintained by oncology professionals who understand the needs of patients, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

National Cancer Institute 
The central website for the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. government’s principal agency for cancer research.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health
Trustworthy source from the National Institutes of Health.

National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD)   
A patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.

AMA DoctorFinder
Provides comprehensive information on every licensed physician in the United States.


Have further medical questions?

UConn Health Sciences Library  The Patient and Family Health Information Service links Connecticut’s patients, caregivers, and residents to information they can rely on to improve conversations with their physicians and make informed decisions about their medical care.


Core Medical Reference Collection

The 5-Minute Clinical Consult, 2019

Complete Guide to Prescription & Nonprescription Drugs
, 2018/2019

The Complete Human Body: The Definitive Visual Guide

Conn’s Current Therapy, 2018

Current Diagnosis & Treatment: Pediatrics, 2018

Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment
, 2019

Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition: DSM-5

Dorland’s Illustrated Medical Dictionary

Fischbach’s Manual of Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests, 2018

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine



Consumer Reports On Health
Cooking Light
Men’s Health
Muscle & Fitness
Psychology Today
Runner’s World
Tufts University Diet & Nutrition Letter
Vegetarian Times
Weight Watchers
Women's Health
Yoga Journal




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