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 E-books, Medical Dictionaries and Terminology

LIRN: Library and Information Resources Network

Visit LIRN to access free e-books for your academic research. 


Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open educational resources (OER's) allow faculty and students copyright-free access to educational materials, including many no- or low-cost textbooks.  Listed below are a few of the Resource Center’s favorite resources for finding open textbooks: 


OpenStax is a non-profit digital ecosystem serving millions of users per month in the delivery of free educational content to improve learning outcomes.

Free Online Course Materials is a California State University MERLOT collection of over 35,000 open course materials.

Open Textbook Library

Open textbooks are textbooks that have been funded, published, and licensed to be freely used, adapted, and distributed. These books have been reviewed by faculty from a variety of colleges and universities to assess their quality. These books can be downloaded for no cost, or printed at low cost. All textbooks are either used at multiple higher education institutions; or affiliated with an institution, scholarly society, or professional organization.

Medical Dictionaries and Terminology Resources Online 



This medical dictionary contains over 9,000 entries written by physicians. Users can also search for information about diseases and conditions, and medications.


Medical Terminology Course

This website is a mini-course in medical terminology provided by Des Moines University. Learn the basics of what makes up medical terms so you can use, understand, recognize and learn new terms when you come across them in the future.


Medical Dictionary - Merriam-Webster

Search the most up-to-date and comprehensive medical dictionary from the reference experts at Merriam-Webster. Master today's medical vocabulary.

Practice Tests, Flashcards, Quizzes, and Games


American Association of Medical Assistants

CMA Medical Terminology Practice Exam.

Online Medical Terminology Flashcards

Vocabulary games to help you learn medical terminology. Each quiz randomly selects 20 questions from a pool of 340.



Understanding Medical Words Tutorial
from the National Library of Medicine


This tutorial teaches you about medical words. You'll learn how parts of medical words are put together. You'll also find quizzes to check what you've learned.

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