Recommended Books Available at the State Library

Recommended Library Databases

The following databases include information resources about Health/Wellness/Medicine. Many library digital resources are only available to state of Ohio employees.

Academic Search Complete

The world’s most comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 5,300 full-text periodicals, including 4,400 peer reviewed journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,300 journals and a total of 10,900 publications including monographs, reports, conference proceedings, etc.

Alt HealthWatch

Alt Healthwatch is a full-text alternative health research database focused on complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers the latest information about the evolving practice of holistic medicine and therapies.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, nurse educators and students depend on the CINAHL Database to research their subject areas from this authoritative index of nursing and allied health journals.

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic, and integrated medicine. It contains full text for more than 250 health reference books and encyclopedias.

Electronic Book Center (OhioLINK)

The EBC provides access to more than 100,000 eBooks; titles feature reference works and American and English literature and technology titles, including the popular O’Reilly Online Learning collection.

Electronic Journal Center (OhioLINK)

OhioLINK’s Electronic Journal Center (EJC) is the first place Ohio’s college students and researchers go to find the latest journal articles. It contains over 24 million full-text articles in 10,000 journals from large publishers to small presses.

Health Source: Consumer Edition

This rich collection of consumer health information provides access to full-text consumer health magazines and reference books. It also includes searchable full text for current health pamphlets.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition

A trusted, full-text database covering nursing and allied health topics, including pediatric nursing, critical care, mental health, nursing management, medical law and more.

MasterFILE Premier (popular magazines)

MasterFILE Premier provides full text to magazines, reference books, and primary source documents. This database also provides an Image Collection containing photos, maps & flags.

MEDLINE with full text (EBSCO)

MEDLINE with Full Text provides an easy-to-use interface and powerful search functionality including basic and advanced search options. Users can effectively search and retrieve information with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) created by the United States National Library of Medicine.

Ohio Digital Library

A collection of fiction and nonfiction ebooks, audiobooks, and popular magazines in a variety of formats available to download.

O’Reilly Online Learning (formerly Safari Books)

A premier on demand digital library providing over 30,000 technology, digital media and business books and videos online.

ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health

This database provides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health professions, alternative and complementary medicine, and much more. It includes thousands of full-text titles and dissertations as well as training videos and multicultural information.


PsycINFO is an expansive abstracting and indexing database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature from the 1800s to the present in the behavioral sciences and mental health, making it an ideal discovery and linking tool for scholarly research.


PubMed® comprises more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites. Sign in using the link on our Databases A-Z page to access additional full-text content from the State Library of Ohio’s subscription databases.


SPORTDiscus provides full-text access to scholarly literature for sports and sports medicine studies. This resource contains more than 146,000 journal articles from over 660 full-text journals spanning from 1930 to the present.

Recommended eBooks and Journals


The following websites have additional resources and information. The list may include websites from governments, organizations affiliated with the topic, and for-profit companies. Inclusion on this list of organizations and commercial websites does not constitute an endorsement.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site has the latest news on public health topics, as well as traveler’s health, data, and statistics, emergency preparedness, environmental heath, and workplace health.

Mayo Clinic

The mission of Mayo Clinic is to inspire hope and contribute to health and well-being by providing the best care to every patient through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Their website includes patient-friendly information about nutrition, fitness, and other healthy lifestyle topics; diseases and conditions; tests and procedures; prescription and over-the-counter drugs; and supplements.


MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the world’s largest medical library, 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 Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through funded research and ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, a part of the National Institutes of Health, provides research-based information on complementary and alternative healing. It includes publications, alerts and advisories, and popular alternative health topics.

National Institutes of Health

The National Institutes of Health site contains links to its 28 institutes including Cancer, Mental Health, Arthritis, Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Aging, all of which offer toll-free health hotlines, the latest news in medical research, grant opportunities, and clinical trials.

Ohio Department of Health

The Ohio Department of Health advances the health and well-being of all Ohioans by transforming the state's public health system through unique partnerships and funding streams; addressing the community conditions and inequities that lead to disparities in health outcomes; and implementing data-driven, evidence-based solutions.

Ohio Department of Job & Family Services

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS) is the administrative department of the Ohio state government responsible for supervising the state's public assistance, workforce development, unemployment compensation, child and adult protective services, adoption, child care, and child support programs.