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Finding Reliable Health Information: MedlinePlus

A brief how-to guide from the librarians at The University of South Dakota and Wegner Center's Health Sciences Libraries. This guide is designed for the general public.


  • Authoritative information from the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations
  • Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles.
  • Extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
  • Carefully selected links to Web resources with health information on over 750 topics.
  • Health topics are reviewed every six months.

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Frequently Asked Questions

MedlinePlus Mobile

Question: Is there a mobile version of MedlinePlus?


·     Yes, there is a mobile version of MedlinePlus available at

·     Wondering what the side effects are for your new prescription? Go to Mobile MedlinePlus while you're waiting for the pharmacist to fill your order!

·     Visit Mobile MedlinePlus during your train ride to work to read the latest news on diabetes. Or, the next time you're in your doctor's waiting room, visit the "Talking With Your Doctor" page on Mobile MedlinePlus to learn how to get the most out of your visit.

·     Includes a subset of content from the full Web site. It includes summaries for over 800 diseases, conditions and wellness topics as well as the latest health news, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, and information on prescription and over-the-counter medications.

·     There is a link to Mobile MedlinePlus from the MedlinePlus homepage, as well as an FAQ that includes special instructions for Blackberry users. Use the Contact Us link at the bottom of any page on Mobile MedlinePlus to send us feedback.

·     Wherever you are, Mobile MedlinePlus puts reliable health information at your fingertips.


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