From October of 2012 until July of 2016 I was the library manager at a small school in Ohio that specializes in Alternative Medicine. What do you think alternative medicine is? I have no idea. There are many experts! They rarely agree with each other. We each have to figure it out for ourselves.

Lets start with the literature of health sciences.

PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations (2016) for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

PubMed Online Training

Tutorials, quick tours, saving searches, managing your results, webcasts and videos, handouts, and more.

MedLine Plus

The National Institutes of Health provide this website for patients and their families and friends.

MedlinePlus Guide to Healthy Web Surfing

What should you look for when evaluating the quality of health information on Web sites? Content on the Internet is unregulated; anyone can publish anything on the Internet. There is sound medical information on the Internet along with dangerous information. You need to be able to tell the difference.

Using Google Scholar and other Google resources for education

On YouTube. Hang on to your hat. Daniel M. Russell of Google never specifically mentions health sciences. This is all about how to use Google for superpowered research.

OSU Health Sciences Library
OhioLINK Catalog
Mnemonics (general)

Explore and use your Memory Palace. Its free, and it works better than crib notes.

Medical Mnemonics

How to memorize lists: make up a series of odd or funny words that correspond with what you need to remember. Example: Carpal bones:

Some Lovers Try Positions That They Can’t Handle:

Scaphoid, Lunatum, Triquetrum, Pisiforme, Trapezium, Trapezoid, Capitate and Hamate.

MedicalMnemonics: the app

A free, non-profit, online searchable database of medical mnemonics to help remember the important details.

Mendeley for students and researchers

Mendeley is a free reference manager and academic social network. Make your own fully-searchable library in seconds, cite as you write, and read and annotate your PDFs on any device.


Encyclopedias and Dictionaries

If you can learn to find answers really quickly you will become very valuable. Try each of these online resources and keep watching as more pop up.

Medline Plus Encyclopedia
Merriam Webster General Language Reference
Mayo Clinic Diseases and Conditions
Medical Terminology Database: Dictionary & Glossary
InterActive Medical Terminology
MedicineNet Med Terms
Merck Manual Consumer Version
A World of Chinese Medicine
How to Find Chinese Medical Terms
Wikipedia: Medicine

Look at the links within the articles and at the end.

National Library of Medicine Profiles in Science
A Dictionary of Units of Measurement
Directory of Open Access Journals

This is best for general topics, not just medicine.

Best Research Resources for Massage Therapy

Sohnen-Moe Associates Blog

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide

A very unique and interesting guide from the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Project to Enhance Research Literacy (PERL)

Whether you are simply curious about Evidence Informed Practice (EIP) or charged with building an EIP curriculum from the ground up; you will find ideas here.



Anatomy and Physiology links are common to all health science studies.

Anatomy Arcade
dmoz: anatomy links
Gray’s Anatomy (1918)

Famous for the drawings.

Anatomy Charts

This is a Google Images search.

Coloring Books

This is a Google Images search.


This is a Google Images search.

Crimando’s Skeletal Tutorials
Web Anatomy Self Tests (University of Minnesota)


Hypermuscle: muscles in action
National Strength and Conditioning Association
PhysiMax Movement Assessment
National Academy of Kinesiology
Quiz yourself: the Art and Science of Kinesiology
Weight Training, Exercise Instruction


A&P Apps

Apps are controversial. If you find any exceptional apps please share.

WebCrawlr: anatomy and physiology apps
Pocket Anatomy
AvatarGeneration top 5
Best Study and Productivity Apps for Human Physiology and Anatomy Students


Acupuncture Links

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Giovanni Maciocia
The Three Treasures
Dr. Tan and his Balance Method
Peter Deadman’s personal website
Mastering Tung Acupuncture
Master Tung’s Magic Points
Jade Purity Foundation
Ping Ming Health
Chinese Medicine Living
Glossary of Chinese Medicine
Lao Wai How to find Chinese medical terms
Search the Qigong and Energy Medicine Database™
Energy Arts: Qi Gong
Tui Na
Tai Chi
Feng Shui
Sacred Lotus Chinese Medicine
Classical Chinese Medicine


Acupuncture apps

Apps are controversial. If you find any exceptional apps please share.

App crawlr: acupuncture points
AcuRhythm Acupuncture Points
A Manual of Acupuncture Version 2.1
Acupuncture MOD-1
Adora AA=> Acupuncture Assist


Top acupuncture school libraries and research links

Oregon College of Oriental Medicine OCOM
Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
New England School of Acupuncture
Bastyr University
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Southwest Acupuncture College Library
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine
New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences
China/Asia On Demand CAOD
The Society for Acupuncture Research
Standards for Reporting Interventions in Controlled Trials of Acupuncture
Institute for Traditional Medicine

TCM Properties of Food

Ageless Herbs Food Therapy
Shen Nong Propterties of Food From a TCM Perspective
Lotus Root Acupuncture Traditional Chinese Medicine Dietary Therapy
Scottsdale Acupuncture The Energetics of Food
Mary Zhang Herbal Food Therapy
Ping Ming Health warming and cooling characteristics of common foods
Open Gate Acupuncture Diet Chinese Medicine
TCM Diet

Chinese Herbs

NCCIH Herbs at a glance
Chinese Medicine Specimen Database
Green Pharmacy
Ageless Herbs
Medicinal Plant Images Database
Chinese Medicine Specimine Database
Classical Pearls
The Healing Herbs of China


Nursing Links

For LPN and RN studies.

NCLEX: National Council Licensure Examination

The primary goal of your nursing studies is to pass the NCLEX (from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing).

National Institutes of Health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
MedPage Today
Simple Nursing
Cochrane Library
Mayo Clinic
Center Watch
Net Wellness
Community Tookbox
National Council of State Boards of Nursing
Exceptional Nurse
MediLexicon Hospitals Directory
HealthGrades Hospital Directory
List of nursing organizations
dmoz: Evidence Based Medicine
Medical diagnosis

Look at the links within the article and at the end.

Medical procedure

Look at the links within the article and at the end.

International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems

Look at the links within the article and at the end.

World Health Assembly

Never quote Wikipedia, instead look at the links within the articles and at the end.

ICD-9 codes

Look at the links within the article and at the end.

NCLEX Review on Quizlet

If you log in to Quizlet you will have more options for downloading PDF glossaries and flashcards.

List of Living Legends of the American Academy of Nursing

Look at the links within the article and at the end.


Nursing Apps

Apps are controversial. If you find any exceptional apps please share.

Medscape Mobile

Drugs and diagnoses.


Has a free pill ID feature and deeper knowledge available by subscription.


Lots of features including places to store your formulas, an Infusion Management calculator, its free but requires lots of time to load your specifics.

MDEZ Labs: Interpretive diagnostic laboratory tests

Has normals and possible differentials, not very deep.

Calculate by QXMD

Another calc program.


Not for diagnostics but good for teaching yourself about x-ray images.


Requires membership but you can earn CME credits on the fly.


Free for students, medical terms and definitions.

Appcrawlr: Nursing Apps



MedLine Plus: Drugs, Herbs and Supplements
Pharm Web
Rx List
The United States Pharmacopeial Convention
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products
Dosage Help
Drug Calculations Quiz Page
Practice Exam Dosage
Bonnie Angel Drug Calculation Tutorials



Atoms made thinkable
WebElements Periodic Table
Wikipedia Dictionary of chemical formulas

Look at the links within the article and at the end.

Creative Chemistry
Environmental Health and Toxicology Resources
IUPAC Compendium of Chemical Terminology – the Gold Book



WebPath: The Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education
HumPath: Human Pathology
Quizlet: Pathophysiology Flashcards
Pinterest: nursing pathophysiology
Carter Center: Lecture notes

Ethiopia Health Training Initiative 2008



Microbiology and Immunology On-line
Bacteriology Made Easy
The Microbial World
Histology World
Visual Histology
NCBI Introduction to Molecular Biology Information Resources


Human Biology

The Society for the Study of Human Biology
Human Biology Association
American Museum of Natural History
The Book of Humans (early 18th century)
Man and his bodies (1896)
Phylocode (Ohio University)
The Tree of Life
Wikipedia: Human Body

Look at the links within the article and at the end.


Child Development

CDC Child Development
Developmental Psychology
Child Development Institute
World Association for Infant Mental Health
Child Development Guide



American Geriatrics Society
Merck Manual of Geriatrics
The Portal of Geriatrics Online Education
YouTube: The Thin Edge of Dignity by Dick Weinman
AgeLab MIT
Healthy Aging Network (CDC)
Transgenerational Aging Website
Global AgeWatch


Holistic Nursing

American Holistic Nurses Association
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
American Holistic Medical Association
Wexner Integrative Medicine
Project for Integrative Health and the Triple Aim (PIHTA)
International Association for Human Caring
Institute of Noetic Sciences
Watson Caring Science Institute
Society of Rogerian Scholars
Homeopathic Nurses Association
National Association of Nurse Massage Therapists
National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy
Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine
The Tidal Model
Barbara and Larry Dossey
Functional Medicine
Nutrition in Medicine
Yoga Alliance
Yoga Asanas, videos & workouts
Uchee Pines


Massage Therapy Links



State Medical Board of Ohio
Ohio Massage Therapy Examination and License Information

The primary goal of your Massage Therapy studies is to pass the MBLEx (Massage and Bodywork Licensing Examination).

American Massage Therapy Association
Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals
American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia
MBLEx Study Guide

From Quizlet. Tip: if you sign in you get so much more than you do as a simple visitor to the cite.

Publisher: Sohnen-Moe Associates


Massage Apps

Apps are controversial. If you find any exceptional apps please share.

Massage Prep
Massage Lite
Massage app on google
APPCrawlr: Massage Therapy
AMTA Massage Exam Study App


Massage: Continuing Education

Repetitive Use Injury Therapy
Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals
Upledger Institute International, Inc.
Chikly Health Institute
Barral Institute
Vodder Schools International Ltd
Myofascial Release Treatment Centers
Eric Dalton’s Freedom From Pain Institute
Cupping Therapy
ACE Massage Cupping™ & MediCupping™ Bodywork Therapy
Center for Massage Therapy Continuing Education
Nirvana Massage CE National
Healing Touch International, Inc., dba Healing Beyond Borders
American Polarity Therapy Association
Cranial Therapy
Hawaiian Lomilomi Association
Society for Integrative Oncology
Therapeutic Touch International Association
Ida P. Rolf Research Foundation


Entrepreneurial Strategies

Acupuncture and Massage Therapy clinics are small businesses. You can grow your own. It will take a lot of work and risk but others do pretty well. Stick with it and do not take too many risks that will cost you more than you can afford.


The SBA website offers information about starting & managing businesses; finding loans & grants; all about contracting, the SBA learning center and information about local resources. If you are planning on going into your own business, make this your territory, explore it well.

A guide to starting your own business
Insights for acupuncturists
NNBA: National Nurses in Business Association

For transitioning from traditional nursing to small business ownership and self-employment.

Nurse entrepreneurs


Momentum 98
Universal Companies, Inc.
New Life Systems
Bulk Apothecary
Body Logic
Massage Warehouse
Human Kinetics
Massage Nerd
Blue Poppy Enterprises, Inc.
Redwing Book Company
People’s Medical Publishing House – USA
Yin Yang House
Chinese Bookshop


TCM Businesses

These are examples of businesses incorporating Traditional Chinese Medicine in what they do.

Shen Nong
Acupuncture Society of New York
Lotus Root Acupuncture
Scottsdale Acupuncture
Chinese Medicine Living
Ageless Herbs
TCM Health Care Centre
Taoism and Taoist Study
AcuFinder Referral Service


For Pets

The Good Dog Food Company
Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
Lifetime Pet Wellness Center