The articles and reports found in PubMed are generally written for a scientific and academic audience. Many but not all are available in a free full text format. Links are provided to full text in most citations but often these links will take you to a publishers website where payment is required in order to access the full text. Look for PMC or PubMed Central links which offer free full text. The Consumer Health Complete database, accessible through the RI Public Libraries resources page of this guide, accesses articles from popular magazines as well as scientific journals.
The MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español are online encyclopedias, specifically designed for consumers, containing hundreds of health topic pages and links to Fact Sheets from other NIH Institutes, the CDC, etc., and other government and non government sources.
Below is a graphic of the home page of MedlinePlus. Note the sections listed on the left side of the page which allow you to restrict your search to the different formats or topics. On the right find a Twitter link, a Facebook link, and a link to the latest Medline Plus Magazine. Add an email address if you'd like to subscribe.