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Which Resource Should I Use?

The National Library of Medicine's Environmental Health and Toxicology Portal provides a starting point for finding reliable information on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. This guide can help you select the right resource for your needs. Visit the database table for expanded descriptions and sample records for some of these resources.

Guide to choosing the right environmental health and toxicology resource
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Journal references to toxicology literature including birth defects information TOXLINE® or DART®
Summaries of peer-reviewed human health effects and emergency medical treatment for chemicals HSDB®
Animal Toxicity Studies HSDB
Environmental Fate, Exposure, Standards and Regulations HSDB
Chemical/Physical properties and safety/handling/disposal of chemicals HSDB
Manufacturing, formulation and use of chemicals HSDB
Chemical names and synonyms ChemIDplus® Lite or HSDB
Chemical structures and structure searching/drawing capability ChemIDplus Advanced
InChI and/or SMILES structure notations ChemIDplus Advanced
List of links to NLM/NIH and other government agency information for a single chemical ChemIDplus Lite
Drug-induced liver injury: Evidence-based information on prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbals, and dietary supplements. LiverTox
Carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, tumor promotion and tumor inhibition data from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). CCRIS provides historical information from the years 1985 - 2011. It is no longer updated. CCRIS
Peer-reviewed mutagenicity test data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) including species, type of assay, test result and more. GENE-TOX covers the years 1991 - 1998. It is no longer updated. GENE-TOX
Risk information: Hazard identification and dose-response risk assessment information from the U.S. EPA IRIS
Cancer testing: Results and analyses of chronic and long-term animal cancer test from government agencies and the general published literature. CPDB covers 1980 - 2011. It is no longer updated. CPDB
Genetic information: Access to scientific data describing relationships between chemicals, genes and human diseases. The database is updated several times a year. CTD™
Risk information: Cancer and noncancer oral/inhalation risk values and types from government and independent risk information groups worldwide ITER
Lactation: Drug information for breastfeeding mothers and their nursing infants including maternal/infant drug levels and possible effects LactMed®
Electronic maps of chemical releases, Superfund sites, health, census, income data and more TOXMAP®
Environmental releases of chemicals and waste management activities reported by facilities to the U.S. EPA TRI
Occupational health: Chemicals, occupations, job tasks, and associated diseases/conditions Haz-Map®
Drug information including names, descriptions, labels, drug categories and links to additional resources Drug Information Portal
Dietary Supplements: Ingredients, health benefit claims and manufacturer information for dietary supplements with links to research Dietary Supplement Label Database
Household products: Safety and health information for products used in and around the home Household Products Database
Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) and consumer product recalls Household Products Database
Disaster information: Health information and research related to natural, accidental or deliberate disasters Disaster Information Management Research Center
Gallery of mobile disaster apps and sites Disaster Apps and Mobile Optimized Web Pages
Tool about chemical, biological, and radiological agents of concern for emergency responders, with a focus on Hazmat and transportation incidents WISER®
Radiation information: Diagnosis and treatment information for radiological events and emergencies Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM)
Chemical emergency information with a focus on potential mass casualty chemicals: Chemical identification, acute patient care guidelines, and initial event activities

Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM)

Community environmental health: Interactive web site on toxic chemicals and environmental health concerns in the community Tox Town®
Resources for Alternatives to the Use of Live Vertebrates in Biomedical Research and Testing ALTBIB®
Subject guides: Selected links to internet resources on environmental issues of current interest Enviro-Health Links
Toxicology Tutorials: Online tutorials on basic toxicology principles and concepts ToxTutor
Children’s Interactive learning site about household chemical hazards ToxMystery®