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Human Anatomy & Physiology: Home

Resources on anatomical history and modern-day learning.

Pictured: The base of the brain with part of the medulla oblongata, the blood vessels injected with wax, and the cerebellum (Table XII, figs 1-2), after Cowper in Ridley (1695); the foetal heart, the larynx and the viscera (Table XIII), after an etching by G. Vandergucht in Cheselden (1740) Etching by I. Basire, 1743. Credit: Wellcome Collection. CC BY Image has been altered by Meghan Boyd, 2019.

Are You the Right Audience?

This guide was created to serve anyone with an interest in human anatomy, pathology, and medical history. While there are resources here pertaining to learning, researching, and professional development in these fields, this guide also puts a special focus on finding rare and historic images and texts for those interested in the history of anatomy and medicine. 

Note: This guide was created with the hope of serving anyone regardless of institution. However, links to certain databases and journals may only be accessible to students of the University of Rhode Island. If you are not a student of the University of Rhode Island, I encourage you to check with your associated library to see if these databases are also available for your use.

  • Beginner & Intermediate Anatomy Students
  • Advanced Researchers looking for specialized sources
  • Researchers, Educators, and Professionals in the field of:
    • Anatomy
    • Medical History
    • Art History
  • Anyone interested in Anatomy
  • You are a medical professional looking for a fresh perspective of your profession
  • You are an artist looking for some old-school and new-school inspiration
  • You need a crash course in human anatomy
  • You are looking for anatomy resources that are not about the human body.
  • You have zero questions related to anatomy or medical history.
  • You don't have any interest in finding cool artwork, finding out about odd museums, or learning anything weird about the body.
  • You don't want to consider plans for the handling of your body when you die. 

Best Bets

Don't have time to go through this guide? Here are a few of your best bets for quick information:

The American Association for Anatomy
Professional Development | Current Data & Statistics

The Wellcome Collection
Freely Licensed Historical Images | Digitized Historical Texts

The Anatomy Zone (YouTube Channel)
Instructional Anatomy Videos, average length of 6-8 minutes

‚ÄčMedical Database containing research and articles from 1947- present

Citation Help

Citing sources and keeping track of information can be difficult. Yet it is necessary to avoid plagiarism and other intellectual property crimes. Take a look at the following links to best decide your needs. When in doubt, ASK! You can also consult your library for help on citing sources and proper formatting.

View: The University of Rhode Island's Guide to Citing Correctly and Avoiding Plagiarism.


About Me

Hi there! I'm a librarian-in-training pursuing my MLIS at the University of Rhode Island. My interest in the human body began with studies of anatomical drawings as an art history student. This interest deepened when I began volunteering as a docent at the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia in 2010. Since then, my interests have mostly developed in the fields of medical history, death,  mourning practices, and medical abnormalities.  

While anatomy is a complex and rich subject, I hope this guide is useful in providing learning and research resources that are somewhat outside of the normal scope.