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Health and Wellness

Resources for books and websites on physical and mental health


Getting started on your search for health information can be overwhelming.  Often, entering a term in a general search engine can result in hundreds of hits.  How do you sort the wheat from the chaff?  Here are a few criteria you can use to evaluate websites for good information -   

  • Who sponsors the website? - Can it be easily identified?  

  • Who is the author(s)? - Is it clearly stated? What are their credentials?  

  • How often is the site updated? - Health information changes rapidly.  A healthcare website should be updated frequently to stay abreast with current information.  The latest update is often listed at the bottom of the page.   

  • Is the information accurate?  Does the author cite studies to back up their information?  

  • Bias/Objectivity - Does the information portray just one point of view? Is there advertising on the site?  Can you clearly delineate information from advertising?  

Health websites


Print Resources

The following articles are available as full text from the Power Library. Click on the link to take you there and access the articles with your library card number from your Pennsylvania library.


Triple jeopardy: the joint impact of racial segregation and neighborhood poverty on the mental health of Black Americans. By: Stare, Bryan G.; Fernando, Delini M. Journal of Addictions & Offender Counseling. Apr2019, Vol. 40 Issue 1, p17-35. 19p. Academic Search Main Edition. Powerlibrary


Adherence to behavioral recommendations for weight loss and associated psychosocial factors among African American adults. By: Fitzpatrick, Stephanie L.; Brooks, Neon; Bray, Bethany; Stevens, Victor J. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Oct2020, Vol. 43 Issue 5, p859-864. 6p. 2 Charts, 1 Graph Academic Search Main Edition. Powerlibrary

The role of emotional eating in the links between racial discrimination and physical and mental health. By: Hoggard, Lori S.; Volpe, Vanessa; Thomas, Alvin; Wallace, Ellie; Ellis, Katrina. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. Dec2019, Vol. 42 Issue 6, p1091-1103. 13p. 4 Diagrams, 1 Chart, 1 Graph.  Academic Search Main Edition. Powerlibrary

Age and gender differences in the reciprocal relationship between social connectedness and mental health. By: Kiely, Kim M.; Sutherland, Georgina; Butterworth, Peter; Reavley, Nicola J. Social Psychiatry & Psychiatric Epidemiology. Jun2021, Vol. 56 Issue 6, p1069-1081. 13p. Academic Search Main Edition. Powerlibrary

Why are so many women depressed? By: Leibenluft, Ellen. Scientific American Presents:1998, p30-35, 6p, 3 Color Photographs. Science Reference Center Presents. Powerlibrary

Save your breath. By Stedman, Nancy. Prevention: Jan2022, Vol. 74 Issue 1, p62-69, 8p, 3 Color Photographs. Gale Health and Wellness. Powerlibrary

Electronic Resources for Various Groups

Resources for Gender Affirming Care

The links below are specific to gender affirming care.

LGBT Centers and Community Organizations of Pennsylvania

Below are a selected list of some of the LGBTQ+ community centers in Pennsylvania. For a more comprehensive list, visit CenterLink LGBTQ Community Member Centers in Pennsylvania (

Women are involved in their own health and those of their partners and families. Below are some websites that can be accessed for taking charge of your physical and mental health.



Mental Health

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Talking to your Doctor

The best advocate for your health is you. Below are some of the websites that will help you to prepare for your trip to the doctor.


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