What is Public Health?
Public health encompasses many disciplines ranging from economics to epidemiology to psychology. Although there are some databases specifically focused on public health issues, sometimes you will need to look for items in several places. In this guide, you will find links to databases, journals, books, websites, data and statistics, and other resources related to the various domains of public health.
Check out the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention list of 10 Essential Public Health Services.
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Confused? Not sure where to start?
Starting a research paper or project can be really confusing and intimidating. Diving right in by searching Google or library databases isn't always the best approach. Following the process below can help reduce some of your confusion and save time in the long run.
- Develop a really good research question - clear, specific, relevant to the assignment
- Pick 2-3 key terms from your research question for your search.
- Come up with 2-3 synonyms for each key term. Write them down.
- Pick a database. This is hard, but asking a librarian, reading the descriptions, or exploring them with a quick search can help you find the right one.
- Find subject headings in the database's thesaurus for each key term you identified. Use your synonyms to help you find the right subject heading. This will make sure you're getting relevant results and will help filter out unrelated articles.
- If you need scholarly peer-reviewed articles, use a filter. It's usually titled "peer-reviewed" or "academic journals" or "journal articles."
- Getting full-text - don't ever pay for an article. Use our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) tool. We'll borrow it from a partner and deliver it to you, for free.
- Save your results - PDFs and your search strategy so you have it when you need it.
What's in this guide?
This guide covers the following topics and will help you find resources at both the Medical Library and University Library.
- Searching Tips & Tricks - practical strategies to search for quality, peer-reviewed information
- Evaluating Sources - resources & strategies to figure out whether information is reliable, relevant, and authoritative
- Writing & Citing - tools and tips to make citing your sources easier
- Journal Articles - resources and strategies for finding journal articles
- Books - resources and strategies for finding print and electronic books
- News Sources - resources and strategies for finding information from newspapers, magazines, etc.
- Web Sources - resources and strategies for finding information that doesn't fit into other categories, like grey literature, blogs, white papers, reports, etc.
- Data & Statistics - resources and strategies for finding public or open access data