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A resource guide for topics in health policy.
Last Updated: Sep 19, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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  • ProQuest Research Library
    Searchable full text database of articles in the humanities, sciences and social sciences.
  • PubMed
    One of the largest biomedical databases, PubMed includes both clinical and basic research. Use the USciences link to PubMed so that you can access the library’s journal holdings.
  • Wall Street Journal (via ProQuest)
    Full text of the Wall Street Journal.
  • CQ Researcher
    In-depth reports on current social and political topics. Each report includes statistics and references to other reliable sources.
  • Health Statistics Subject Guide (National Library of Medicine)
    This free guide helps users locate sources of health statistics and other numerical data. Resources include print and online publications, databases, datasets, online tools, and websites. The majority are from U.S. Government agencies, with a selection of international sources.
    JSTOR is a digital archive of academic journals in the humanities, social sciences, and mathematics.
  • MedAbbrev
    Dictionary of medical abbreviations. Based on "Medical Abbreviations: 32,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communication and Safety, 15th ed." by Dr. Neil M. Davis. Contains "over 37,000 possible meanings for the acronyms, symbols, abbreviations, and slang terms listed."
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (via ProQuest)
    A summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.

Other Law Resources

    Official federal legislative information provided by the Library of Congress. Included is information on current and past legislation, Congressional committees, members of Congress, the status of Presidential nominations, and more.
  • FDsys
    FDsys is a database of the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO). Use it to search Codes of Federal Regulations (CFR), U.S. Code, Supreme Court Decisions, and Public and Private Laws of the Congress going back to 1995.
  • Government
    Search U.S. state regulations and codes from this directory within the site.

Find Journals/Articles by Title

The J.W. England Library maintains both print and electronic subscriptions to many journals. The best way to determine if we subscribe to a specific journal (and to look up articles within it) is to search Our Journal List/e-Book List. Here is how to proceed:

1.    Make sure the Journals tab is selected (blue) before you search, to ensure you are searching journals and not e-books.

2.    Enter all or part of the journal title in the Quick Search box and click Search. Make sure you enter a journal title and not an article title.

3.     Titles matching your search will be displayed. Note the Online Coverage column which shows the date range of full text online holdings for each title.

4.    Look for the journal title you need and note whether the title is available through full text (online) access and/or if the library has print holdings. This will be indicated if there is a checkbox under the appropriate column.

5.    Online Journals - To see a journal that is available online, click on its checkmark (fulltext and print checkmark) under Full Text Access. The link should take you directly to the online journal located within a database or collection. Once inside, you can navigate to your article.  If you are off-campus, you will need a valid username and password to view most online articles.  Some online journal articles are not available from off-campus due to vendor or technical barriers.

6.    Print Holdings - To see which volumes of a journal the library holds, click on the checkmark (fulltext and print checkmark) under Print Holdings. The link will take you to the journal's entry in Our Catalog (cataLyst). Sometimes instead of a single entry, a results list will appear. Choose your journal from the results list. Scroll down through the entry to find the location of the journal and the library's holdings. Most bound and unbound journals are on the library's second floor.

      (View tutorials including "Basic Searching", "More on Using the Search Button" and more)


What if the Library Doesn't Have a Journal?

  • If you need an article from a journal that we do not subscribe to, you can request the article via ILLiad, our free interlibrary loan service. Learn more about ILLiad and other interlibrary loan options here.
  • If you need the article right away, you may be able to visit another library and access it there. There are many other libraries in the city, several of which are located close to USciences. Learn more about using other libraries.

    Search Google Scholar

    Google Scholar is Google’s tool for searching scholarly literature.

    • Just search using the field below. In your search results, look for the Find Full Text at USciences link next to individual results and click it to access full text via our e-resource subscriptions. (The link should only appear next to full text items in our collection.)
    • If you do not see the Find Full Text at USciences link next to an item you would like to read, look beneath the citation for a link that reads All (#) versions. If present, click this link to see all the locations the item is hosted online. In some instances, free access to the item may be available through one of these locations. If not, consider placing a request via ILLiad for the item.

    Important Note: Google Scholar's search results are not exhaustive, so do not assume that you have found "everything" on your topic via Scholar. It is just one tool to employ in your searches.

    Books & e-Books

    There are several ways to search for books and e-books:

    • Library Catalog (cataLyst)
      Search the library catalog for books on your topic. Use this link to enter the full catalog interface, or use the Search field at the top of this guide to do a quick search (make sure to choose "Library Catalog (cataLyst)" from the drop-down menu first).
    • E-ZBorrow
      If you don't find what you're looking for in the Library Catalog, use E-ZBorrow to borrow books from other libraries, free of charge.
    • Our e-Book List
      Use our e-Book List to search for e-books owned by USciences. Be sure to click the e-Books tab to highlight it before searching.
    • eBook Collection (via EBSCO)
      If you don't find what you need in Our e-Book List, use EBSCO's eBook database to search for and access e-books in a variety of subjects.

    Featured Books from Our Collection

    Click a title/author link to check availability in the library catalog (cataLyst)A status of Not Charged indicates the book is available.

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    Essentials of Health Policy and Law - Joel B. Teitelbaum; Sara E. Wilensky
    Call Number: WA 33 AA1 T265 2013
    ISBN: 9781449653309
    Publication Date: 2012-04-05
    "Essentials Of Health Policy And Law Provides Students Of Public Health With A Firm Foundation Of The Basics Of American Health Policy And Law. The Aim Of This Book Is To Help Readers Understand The Broad Context Of Health Policy And Law, The Essential Policy And Legal Issues Impacting And Flowing Out Of The Health Care And Public Health Systems, And The Way Health Policies And Laws Are Formulated."

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    Understanding Health Policy, Sixth Edition - Thomas Bodenheimer; Kevin Grumbach
    Call Number: WA 540 AA1 B666 2012
    ISBN: 9780071770521
    Publication Date: 2012-02-15
    Expert practitioners in both the public and private healthcare sectors, the authors cover the entire scope of our healthcare system, from the concepts behind policy decisions to concrete examples of how they affect patients and professionals alike.
    • Covers the 2010 Affordable Care Act;
    • Coverage of structure, organization, and financing of the health care system;
    • Key principles, descriptions, and concrete examples are skillfully interwoven in each chapter to make important issues interesting and understandable;
    • Clinical vignettes clarify difficult concepts and demonstrate how they apply to real-world situations;
    • Comprehensive list of review questions reinforce what you have learned;

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    The Safety-Net Health Care System - Gunnar Robert Almgren; Taryn Lindhorst
    Call Number: W 250 AA1 A448
    ISBN: 9780826105714
    Publication Date: 2012-01-01

    A unique and authoritative guide to the US safety-net health care system, Health Care at the Margins addresses how various populations and their difficult health and socio-economic issues are dealt with and impacted by the system. Drs. Gunnar Almgren and Taryn Lindhorst, experts in the fields of social work and public health, provide critical, much-needed insight into the safety-net system and how the recession, unemployment, and reform have accelerated its growth.

    Ideal for graduate students and early professionals in the health professions, this textbook:
    • Includes narratives from patients and caregivers that will help readers understand and empathize with the poor, homeless, and other vulnerable populations affected by the safety net system
    • Discusses various health issues, including: violence, chronic diseases, mental illness, victimization, and substance abuse/addiction
    • Examines overlaps in US public health, social work, nursing, and medical education
    • Analyzes the differences between the populations that depend on safety-net system providers and more advantaged populations that have access to the mainstream health care system

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    Health Care State Rankings 2011 - Scott Morgan (Editor); Kathleen Oleary (Editor)
    Call Number: Ref. WA 900 AA1 H4342 2011
    ISBN: 9781608717323
    Publication Date: 2011-03-22
    Is your state trending toward healthier habits? What kind of exercise activities are popular among residents? Are lyme disease or salmonella infections prevalent where you live? This annual guide features more than 500 tables compiled from a wealth of authoritative sources of health care data for the 50 United States plus Washington, DC. The easy-to-use format makes it easy to compare statistics and to identify important health care trends across the nation. Discover how states rank in teen birth rates, access to doctors, infant mortality, smoking, cancer cases, and so much more. This is a must-have reference for any library serving health policy experts or enthusiasts.

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