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Tools and Resources

You can access these resources from within the Community Health Education Center and some can be access from home or work computers.


VCU Libraries Catalog Use the library catalog to search for books located in CHEC.



Clinical reference resource with over 1100 medical e-books, 600 full-text journals, procedural videos, drug information, practice guidelines, patient education handouts, and more.

Consumer Health Complete
Online consumer health information database for use in the Community Health Education Center. Search full-text health reference titles, find information on prescription drugs, find images, and view video clips about a variety of health topics.
Facts On File Health Reference Center
Health Reference Center is a great starting point to find basic information about health topics. Includes diseases, mental health, wellness, and information about the body systems. Also, contains basic information on a variety of lab tests. For use in the Community Health Education Center.
(National Organization for Rare Disorders) – Find information on many rare diseases. Available in the Community Health Education Center.

Reference Resources


These guides contain information on a variety of health topics such as cancer, diabetes, grief, financial resources, pediatric health, smoking cessation, and many other topics.

Recommended Web sites and Web-based Directories

Did You Know?

90 may be the new 85? The number of people 90 and older is on the rise. In 1980, there were 720,000 people aged 90 and older in the United States. In 2010, the number was 1.9 million. By 2050, it could be 9 million. – MedlinePlus Magazine