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Research Guides

Georgetown Law Library, Health Law
Includes following sections: Introduction; How to Begin; More Secondary Sources; Statutory Sources; Administrative Sources; Judiciary Sources; Finding Facts; Other Web Sites

Legal Research Guide: Health Law
http://www.virtualchase.com/topics/health_law.shtml (last revised July 19, 2006)
Provides extensive list of web-based resources, arranged alphabetically, including databases, websites, portal sites, bibliographies, etc.

Gloria Miccioli, Researching Medical Literature on the Internet—2005 Update
Includes sections on National Library of Medicine databases, commercial websites, medical search engines, journals and textbooks, libraries and nonprofit organizations, and physician information

Lois C. Ambash, Medicare Resources Online (April 26, 2004)


St. Louis University School of Law, Center for Health Law Studies, Health Law Links
Includes sections on:

  • Sites by Topic, including Antitrust; Bioethics; Elder Law and Long-Term Care; Food, Drugs, and Medical Devices; Health Care Financing; Mental Health; Patient and Provider; Provider Liability; Public Health Law
  • Portals, Indexes, and Search Engines
  • Agencies and Institutions
  • Journals and Publications
  • HIPAA and Health Privacy

Duke University, Center for Health Policy, Law and Management, Duke Health Policy Gateway
Includes sections on:

  • What's What in Health Policy
  • Health Care System Profiles/Comparisons
  • Other Health Intelligence Sources
  • Key Health Policy Issue Areas, including Public Health, Health Promotion, Health Protection, Environmental Health, Preventive Services, Health Law/Bioethics, Health Regulation, Health Reform, Health Delivery Systems

George Washington University, Intergovernmental Health Policy Project, Health Policy Sites
Includes sections on:

  • Bio-ethics and medical ethics
  • Health policy, health economics, health services research
  • Insurance and benefits management
  • Associations and Interest Groups
  • Health financing, administration, and managed care
  • Rural Health and Telemedicine
  • International Health
  • Medical Informatics

Cornell Law School, Legal Information Institute, Health Law: An Overview
Provides a brief overview of the topic with a sidebar menu of links to primary source material (e.g., state and federal statutes, judicial decisions, and regulations) and key internet sources.

Justia: Health Care Law Overview
This page is part of Justia's Legal Practice Areas portal, which provides overviews and links to relevant articles, web resources, laws, news, blogs, and blog posts, with cross-references to related practice areas and subtopics, including Elder Law, Health Insurance, Medical Malpractice, and Social Security.

Pace Online Health Law Library
Includes sections on:

  • Sources of Health Law
  • Journals and Newsletters
  • Current Awareness
  • Agencies, Organizations, and Associations
  • Discussion Groups
  • Medical Research
  • Research Topics : Resources

U.S. Government Information

United States Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves. The Department has more than 300 programs. Some of them are linked below.

  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
    Supports research on health care systems, health care quality and cost issues, access to health care, and effectiveness of medical treatments.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Working with states and other partners, CDC provides a system of health surveillance to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks (including bioterrorism), implement disease prevention strategies, and maintain national health statistics.
  • Food and Drug Administration
    Responsible for safety of foods and cosmetics, and the safety and efficacy of pharmaceuticals, biological products, and medical devices.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    World's premier medical research organization, supporting some 35,000 research projects nationwide.
  • National Library of Medicine (NLM)
    NLM, located on the campus of the National Institutes of Health, is the world's largest medical library. It collects materials and provides information and research services in all areas of biomedicine and health care.
    • NLM Gateway
      Search in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM), including MEDLINE/PubMed, TOXLINE Special, MedlinePlus, ClinicalTrials.gov, DIRLINE: Directory of Health Organizations.

Portal to the websites of a number of multi-agency health initiatives and activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal departments and agencies.

CRS Reports: Health Law & Policy
The Congressional Research Service, an arm of the Library of Congress, provides Congress with non-partisan and in-depth legislative research and analysis on a variety of topics. However, CRS reports are not distributed to the public and are not readily accessible. Therefore, the Thurgood Marshall Law Library has begun to create an online collection of reports from a variety of sources. Browse reports by subject or sort by date, title, or order code.

State Information

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
The IDPR is responsible for the licensing and testing of many professions and occupations, as well as the enforcement of legislative acts that regulate the conduct of those professions and occupations in Illinois and the investigation of alleged violations of any regulatory statutes under the Department's jurisdiction.

Illinois Department of Public Health
IDPH has 200 different programs designed to protect Illinois residents and visitors through the prevention and control of disease and injury. These programs include vaccinations of children, licensing hospitals and nursing homes, investigations to control the outbreak of infectious diseases, collection and evaluation of health statistics, screening newborns for genetic diseases, and programs to meet the special health needs of women.

Living in Illinois—Health & Human Services
A consumer information site with links to information on a variety of health care needs.

International Information

International Digest of Health Legislation (IDHL)
Contains a selection of national and international health legislation, with links to full texts of the legislation when available. Search by country, subject, issue or keyword.
Publisher: World Health Organization.

World Health Organization
WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.


ABA Health Law Section

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)

American Public Health Association

American Society of Law, Medicine & Ethics (ASLME)

Association of American Medical Colleges(AAMC)—Government Affairs and Advocacy

Health Privacy Project

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations

Developed by the Kaiser Family Foundation to give health policy students and faculty easy access to data, literature, news and developments regarding major health policy topics and debates.

National Health Law Program

Databases and Current Awareness

BNA DATABASES (Available to SIU Law Users Only). The law library subscribes to over 100 BNA databases. SIU Law Faculty, Staff, and Students Only: Sign up for BNA email summaries.

The following are the BNA databases on health care:

Dictionaries and Other Reference Resources

Gray's Anatomy
Gray, Henry, Anatomy of the Human Body (1918).

Online medical dictionary, containing easy-to-understand explanations of over 10,000 medical terms.

Medi Lexicon (formerly Pharma-Lexicon)
Dictionary of over 165,000 medical, pharmaceutical, biomedical & healthcare acronyms and abbreviations.

Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR) Electronic Library
The license to this database restricts access to SIU Campus Users only.

SIU Medical Library: Selected Web Resources
A good collection of online medical information for the lay person.

Health Law Blogs

Complementary & Alternative Medicine Law Blog
"Site offers resources and information of interest to health care professionals and the health care industry on a broad array of legal issues, ranging from business planning for integrative medicine practices and clinics, to malpractice and informed consent, to licensure and scope of practice questions, to food and drug issues, to health insurance and other matters." [description from Blawg]

Health Law Blog
"More or less continuous commentary on pretty much anything—if not quite everything—that is happening in the health law field, with emphasis on federal developments but including state developments, as well (especially Texas), plus occasional digressions into family law, administrative law, constitutional law, poetry, and other things that matter." [description from Blawg]

Health Care Law Blog
"Keeping an eye on health care law. Thoughts and comments on the health care industry, privacy, security, technology and other odds and ends."

Health Plan Law
"This site contains information about group health plans, claims administration and related ERISA fiduciary issues. Over 65% of Americans obtain their health insurance through their place of employment according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics, and approximately 75% of employers with 500 or more employees self-funded their health plans."

Health Affairs, the Policy Journal of the Health Sphere
"After twenty-five years as a non-profit, bimonthly print journal and six years in online publishing, Health Affairs has entered the blogosphere as a new means of engaging readers in the health policy debate. . . . Some posts (short, invited commentary) will be clustered around a hot topic. Some will be one-time postings on news items of interest. Linking and interactivity will be key. Our goal is to offer a range of views, not to push a particular agenda."


HealthLawProf Blog
"Health law resources, information, and news for the academic community." [description from Blawg]

"Health law education and information for lawyers and law and other students."

"A discussion of medical privacy issues buried in political arcana."


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