Blaisdell Medical Library
Health & Life Science Librarian
This webpage is a guide to finding public health information at the UC Davis Libraries, as well as freely available online resources.
These resources provide overviews, which make them a good source of background information when researching public health topics. Links to full-text should work if you are on the UC Davis Network or logged onto the VPN.
This resource guides researchers to scholarship in 65 public health topics.
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Here are a few of the electronic books that UC Davis Libraries has on public health-related topics. Search the Library Catalog for additional titles. Links to full-text should work if you are on the UC Davis Network or logged onto the VPN.
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Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological database containing bibliographic records with citations, abstracts and indexing derived from biomedical articles in peer reviewed journals, and is especially strong in its coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research and conference abstracts.Embase contains over 22 million records spanning 1974-present, with over 1 million records added annually. Each record contains the full bibliographic citation, indexing terms, and codes; and 80% of all citations in Embase include author-written abstracts. The Embase journal collection is international with over 7,500 active peer-reviewed journals more than 90 countries. All MEDLINE records produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) are included, as well as over 5 million records not covered in MEDLINE. Broad biomedical scope covering the following areas:
“Global Health brings together the resources of two internationally renowned databases – the Public Health and Tropical Medicine (PHTM) database, previously produced by the Bureau of Hygiene and Tropical Diseases (BHTD), and the human health and diseases information extracted from CAB ABSTRACTS. Together they provide a unique resource which offers a substantially deeper subject coverage of information related to human health and communicable diseases than many other sources currently available. Global Health provides an alternative, complementary point of reference with a broad analysis of foreign language journals, books, research reports, patents and standards, dissertations, conference proceedings, annual reports, public health, developing country information, and other difficult to obtain material.”
More than 27 million citations and abstracts for articles published in approximately 8,400 journals in medicine, life sciences, health administration, veterinary medicine, nursing, molecular biology and genetics. PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine on the NCBI platform.
Large interdisciplinary abstract and citiation database to academic journal literature, conference proceedings and books with broad coverage across the sciences and social sciences, includes citation tracking tools.
Provides easy access to current and historical demographic data: ◦Including over 40 billion data elements, 200,000 variables and more than 18,000 interactive maps from 1790 to 2010. ◦The entire US Census from 1790 to 2000, plus the first 2010 census data release. ◦All annual updates from the American Community Survey. ◦InfoGroup data on religious congregations for the United States for 2009, including maps for counties, and special census areas, as well as point maps of the actual congregation locations (to be updated yearly). ◦The Religious Congregations and Membership Study (RCMS) from 1980 to 2000. (To be updated in 2012.) ◦Carbon Emissions Data for 2002 from the Vulcan Project. •Creates thematic and interactive maps that make it easy to visually explore all historical and modern US census data across the centuries and even down to street level detail where available. •Creates reports at all geographic levels including the state, county, census tract, block group, zip code and census place (where the data exist).
A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas. Includes the following databases: CHEMIDplus, Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB), TOXLINE, Chemical Carcinogenesis Research Information System (CCRIS), Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology and Environmental Teratology Information Center (DART/ETIC), GENE-TOX, Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS), International Toxicity Estimates for Risk (ITER), LactMed, and Toxics Release Inventory (TRI). Other resources include Haz-Map, Household Products Database and TOXMAP.
Web of Science combines traditional bibliographic searching of journal content across the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences with broadly interdisciplinary “cited reference” search capabilities.
More than 25 million records in all life science areas, including agriculture, biochemistry, biomedicine, biotechnology, ecology, environmental sciences, genetics, microbiology, plant biology, veterinary medicine & pharmacology, and zoology. Indexes over 6000 journals, serials, books and book chapters, conference proceedings and patents.
“Indexing and abstracts for the most important scholarly business journals back as far as 1886 are included. In addition to the searchable cited references provided for more than 1,200 journals, Business Source Complete contains detailed author profiles for the 25,000 most-cited authors in the database.”
Citations and abstracts to the international agricultural literature, including veterinary medicine, human and animal nutrition, forestry, rural development, as well as other related topics such as tourism and human ecology. Covers over 11,000 journals & conference proceedings and selected books in agriculture. Produced by CAB (Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux) International (CABI) with more than 11.6 million records as of 08/10/2016.
References and abstracts on nursing, biomedical, allied health and consumer health literature. Also includes health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters, as well as Evidence-Based care sheets. Full text is provided for hundreds of journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. Includes PreCINAHL as a companion database.
A comprehensive, indexed bibliography with selected abstracts of the world’s economic literature compiled from the American Economic Association’s Journal of economic literature and the Index of economic articles in journals and collective volumes. Topics include economic theory and history, monetary theory and financial institutions; labor economics; international, regional, urban economics; and other related subjects.
The ERIC Database indexes and abstracts education and education related journals, studies and reports, with links to full-text studies and reports from 1993 forward.
GIDEON is the world’s premier global infectious disease knowledge management tool. GIDEON is an easy to use, comprehensive web based tool that helps you overcome information overload while saving you time through quick access to a vast knowledge database. It is used by hundreds of institutions in over 40 countries.Health professionals are constantly asking: How can we keep up to date with current information and trends? How can we diagnose and treat exotic diseases? How can we instantly access relevant information? What therapy should we use? Where can we go for expert advice? The answer to all of these questions is GIDEON.
If you have not found a particular reference in online databases, before manually entering the reference, you might want to see if Google Scholar has the citation. If so, keep in mind that the bibliographic data may be quite minimal or incomplete. You can “Import” Google Scholar references into EndNote but Google only allows importing of one record at a time.
Search for your topic in Google Scholar, click under the item you want on the link “Cite” and then choose “Import into EndNote”. Below is a box that you can check off to “Remember my bibliography manager and show import links on search result pages.” NOTE: Google does not send coding for the reference type (book chapter, conference etc.) so the record automatically goes to the “journal article” reference format. Scan carefully each imported record in case a reference type change is needed.
HAPI Online is the searchable Web version of the Hispanic American Periodicals Index. HAPI is your source for authoritative, worldwide information about Central and South America, Mexico, the Caribbean basin, the United States-Mexico border region, and Hispanics in the United States. From analyses of current political, economic, and social issues to unique coverage of Latin American arts and letters, HAPI Online contains complete bibliographic citations to articles, book reviews, documents, original literary works, and other materials appearing in more than 400 key social science and humanities journals published throughout the world.
One of the largest web-based full-text databases for current news, business and legal information, supporting a broad range of interdisciplinary research, LexisNexis Academic provides full-text access to nearly 6,000 individual titles. Includes a wide range of U.S. and foreign newspapers, plus transcripts of television and radio news programs. Business resources include business articles, accounting literature, company financial information. Legal resources include state and federal laws and regulations, a full range of case law, and law review articles.
The Ovid interface to MEDLINE.Citations and abstracts for articles published in approximately 8,400 journals in medicine, life sciences, health administration, veterinary medicine, nursing, molecular biology and genetics. MEDLINE is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Indexes all types of materials in the area of public affairs and public policy – journal articles, books and book chapters, reports, government documents. Topics include agriculture, banking, demographics, education, environment, finance, government, health, law, legislation, political science, social sciences, and statistics.
From About PILOTS: “The PILOTS bibliographic database, covering the Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress, is produced at the headquarters of the National Center for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in White River Junction, Vermont. The PILOTS database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Its goal is to include citations to all literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health sequelae of traumatic events, without disciplinary, linguistic, or geographical limitations, and to offer both current and retrospective coverage.”Resource is also publicly available from: http://www.ptsd.va.gov/professional/pilots-database/index.asp
PsycINFO is a department of the American Psychological Association (APA). It provides citations to articles in professional journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, dissertations and even important internet sites in psychology and related disciplines, most with abstracts and some citations.
Prime resource for accessing the latest research in sociology and related disciplines in the social, behavioral, and cultural studies. The database draws information from an international selection of over 2,600 journals and other serials publications, plus conference papers, books, and dissertations. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles.
Pull up a chair and browse recent issues. Licensed resources should be accessible if you are on the UC Davis Network (including WiFi) or logged onto the VPN. You can also browse all public health journals on the UC Davis University Library website. Choose Category tab; Select Health Sciences in drop-down menu; Select Public Health in the Sub-Category drop-down menu.
Database of systematic reviews on education, crime and justice, and social welfare.
DoPHER is unique in its focused coverage of systematic and non-systematic reviews of effectiveness in health promotion and public health worldwide.
This site focuses specifically on public health best evidence resources with an aim toward examining evidence-based medicine models and assessing their effectiveness to public health. Links are provided to the top 25 public health journals and to evidence-based resources in public health practice.
The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services provides the latest available recommendations on preventive interventions: screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and medication regimens for more than 80 conditions. Sponsored by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).
Developed by an independent task force with support from the CDC and Department of Health and Human Services, the Community Guide provides summaries on the effectiveness of population-based interventions for prevention and control. Recommendations are based on a systematic review process.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, have worked together to develop preformulated search strategies (structured evidence queries) that search PubMed to identify research evidence for specific Healthy People 2020 objectives in related to the Healthy People 2020 topic areas.
Prepared by the CDC and contains data on specific diseases as reported by state and territorial health departments and as well as reports and surveillance summaries on infectious and chronic diseases, environmental hazards, natural or human-generated disasters, occupational diseases and injuries, and intentional and unintentional injuries.
Developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), this is a searchable database of model practices of local health agencies across the U.S.
Sponsored by the AHRQ, this Web site provides evidence-based clinical practice guidelines with recommendations, strategies and other information that assists healthcare providers in making appropriate healthcare decisions.
Billed as “the world’s largest bibliographic database on population, family planning, and related health issues. POPLINE provides citations with abstracts for over 275,000 records representing published and unpublished literature in the field.” Maintained by the Population Information Program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health and is funded primarily by the United States Agency for International Development. Coverage: 1970 to present
PubMed Health contains systematic reviews and summaries of systematic reviews undertaken or updated in roughly the last ten years. PubMed Health goals are: helping users find the evidence that could answer their questions about effects of health care and helping them understand what they find
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet. Check out the Main Topic “Education and Training,” in the left column, to discover freely available online continuing education, training opportunities, and webinars.
What is grey literature?
Grey literature includes government and non-government documents:
Many journal article databases and library catalogs contain grey literature. In addition, there are special databases for different types of grey literature, such as conference proceedings or dissertations.
Provides citations to papers and poster sessions from major scientific meetings globally. Offers coverage of science and applied science disciplines, including environmental science and clinical medicine. Coverage 1982 to present.
Online access to citations and abstracts for every title in the UMI Dissertation Abstracts database; since 1997, provides full-text access to dissertations. Access is free to UC Campus dissertations.
Coverage 1861 to present.
Use Google Expert Search techniques or Google Advanced Search to limit your Google search results.
Some searching tips:
Keyword in title: “intitle:keyword”
Phrase search: “place quotation marks around phrase”
This or that: Use “OR” or a pipe symbol “|” to include more than one way of expressing an idea
Site specific search: for example, site:ucdavis.edu; site:.edu; site:.org; site:.gov; or site:.mil
Type of file: for example, filetype:pdf
Eliminate irrelevant results: -ncbi
For country-specific results: Use the local version of Google, for example www.google.ca/
Mednar is a free, publicly available deep web search engine that uses advanced federated search technology to return high quality results by submitting your search query – in real-time – to other well respected search engines. Mednar then collates, ranks and drops duplicates of the results. Use Advanced Search to specify where to search (societies, government websites, etc.).
The New York Academy of Medicine actively collects and catalogs the grey literature in public health and health policy. Public health focus areas include: healthy aging, prevention, eliminating health disparities, engaging communities, and global health.
Index of papers presented at worldwide conferences, symposia, meetings, expositions, workshops, and congresses as received by the British Library Document Supply Centre.
An index of published conferences, symposia, congresses, meetings and expositions received by the British Library Document Supply Centre. Full record contains a list of the papers included in the proceedings. Use PapersFirst to search for papers.
OATD indexes over 1.5 million open access international graduate theses and dissertations from over 600 colleges, universities, and research institutions.
Produced by the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH), this grey literature checklist includes national and international health technology assessment web sites, drug and device regulatory agencies, clinical trial registries, health economics resources, Canadian health prevalence or incidence databases, and drug formulary web sites.
From the NLM, Disaster Lit: the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is a database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents. Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and similar materials selected from over 700 organizations for a professional audience.
HealthReach grew out of the Refugee Health Information Network (RHIN) when it became apparent that the information resources in the database are useful to all new Americans and those who have limited English proficiency. Resources provided include: health education materials in various languages and formats (brochures, handouts, audio recordings, and videos), provider information (reports, toolkits, and fact sheets), special collections on women’s health, substance abuse, and mental health.
Healthy People provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of all Americans. Each Topic Area includes an overview, objectives and data, and evidence-based resources. A sub-set of Healthy People 2020 objectives, called Leading Health Indicators, has been selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions that can be taken to address them.
The goal of IOM reports is to provide objective and straightforward advice to decision makers and the public. The IOM is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. It is the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
KFF.org is a health policy website of the private, non-profit Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, which is dedicated to health policy analysis and filling the need for trusted, independent information on the major health issues facing the US.
The National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools (NCCMT) is one of six National Collaborating Centres for Public Health in Canada. The NCCMT provides leadership and expertise in sharing what works in public health. Their goal is to strengthen public health in Canada by using evidence to inform public health policy and practice.
This website serves as a portal to explore various public health-related institutes, including: National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Aging, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Provides research on a variety of public health related topics, including health and healthcare, population and aging, obesity, public safety, education, and children and families, to name just a few.
RWJF is dedicated to improving the American public’s health and the health care system. They create leverage by building evidence and producing, synthesizing and distributing knowledge, new ideas, and expertise, often through creating partneships with key players.
Covers a broad range of public health topics, including disease surveillance. environmental health, and disease surveillance.
Provides statistics, journals and publications related to global public health and related programs.
PubMed offers a number of specialized filters to help you get to relevant results. You can access these options from the PubMed homepage, under PubMed Tools–>Topic-Specific Queries. Here are a few examples:
This PubMed filter retrieves information about articles on health disparities.
This filter aids in retrieving PubMed results about health care quality and costs.
This PubMed filter provides pre-formulated PubMed search strategies to find published literature to support achieving Healthy People 2020 objectives.
The Population Health search strategy is designed to retrieve citations about health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.
This resource filters PubMed search results for clinically relevant articles, systematic reviews, and medical genetics.
For expert advice on designing search strategies and publication data management, contact a health sciences librarian.