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A resource guide for topics in public health.
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  • CINAHL: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (via EBSCOhost)
    Index to 1500 journals in nursing, medical technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant and other allied heath disciplines (pharmacy is NOT included).
    • Subjects in this discipline include: “public health,” “epidemiology” and “world health”
  • 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.
  • HealthStar (via Ovid)  
    Indexes the literature on health services, technology, administration and research.
    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."
  • 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.
  • Statistical Abstract of the United States (via ProQuest)
    A summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.
  • ToxFAQs
    FAQs on contaminants at hazardous waste sites.
  • Toxic Substances Portal
    Presented by the ATSDR, this site provides detailed information on toxic substances for a variety of audiences, including an overview of the health effects of different chemicals on bodily systems.

Other Resources

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 EBSCOhost)
      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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    Primary Care and Public Health - Committee on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health; Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice; Institute of Medicine
    Call Number: W 84 AA1 I62
    ISBN: 0309255201
    Publication Date: 2012-06-19
    "Primary Care and Public Health identifies the best examples of effective public health and primary care integration and the factors that promote and sustain these efforts, examines ways by which HRSA and CDC can use provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to promote the integration of primary care and public health, and discusses how HRSA-supported primary care systems and state and local public health departments can effectively integrate and coordinate to improve efforts directed at disease prevention. "

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    Evidence-Based Public Health Practice - Arlene G. Fink
    Call Number: WA 102 F499
    ISBN: 9781412997447
    Publication Date: 2012-01-17
    Designed for students and practitioners, Arlene Fink’s practical book shows how to do evidence-based research in public health. As a great deal of evidence-based practice occurs online, Evidence Based Public Health Practice focuses on how to find, use and interpret online sources of public health information. It also includes examples of community-based participatory research and shows how to link data with community preferences and needs. Each chapter begins with specific learning objectives and concludes with practice exercises geared to the objectives. Each chapter also contains a list of key terms that are an essential part of an evidence-based public health practitioner’s vocabulary. The book includes a comprehensive glossary, and hundreds of online and print references, examples, and charts.

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    Essentials of Public Health Communication - Parvanta, Claudia
    Call Number: WA 590 E78
    ISBN: 9780763771157
    Publication Date: 2011
    "Featuring a full chapter on informatics, this book is devoted to the competencies in health communication and informatics recommended by the Association of Schools of Public Health. With chapter contributions from some of the leading experts in public health informatics and epidemiology, health communication and evaluation, Essentials of Public Health Communications introduces concepts and examples that will prepare students to enter a local health department, community organization or government agency, and contribute to health communication research, patient counseling, materials design, program management and media relations. Written specifically for student use, this book presumes no prior knowledge of the health communication or the informatics fields. Concepts are presented in clear, jargon free language, with terms defined throughout. Key Features: Rather than simply presenting theories and cases, this text emphasizes the framework and methods, breaking down complex tasks into steps for mastery. Simplifies key concepts in public health informatics, and how data are transformed into useful information and effective presentations. Examines how health communication is actively being used by the leading public health agencies and organizations today."

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