Public Health

Articles, books, statistics, how to cite references, and more information about the multidisciplinary field of public health.

Search for Journal Articles, News, Conference Papers, and More

Find databases by Name or by Topic on the library home page:

Save your time! Use these search techniques:
  • Put quotation marks around PHRASES (two or more words), so that the words are searched together
    --- Example: "machine learning"
  • Put an asterisk at the end of words, so that you get all of the word endings
    --- Example: high* = high, highs, higher, highest
  • Start by putting your search words in the Title. If you get nothing, you can take them out of TITLE and move them to ANYWHERE.

Advanced Search -- In all databases as well as Google Scholar, always use "Advanced Search."

  • This will let you focus your search to get better results, as well as save you a lot of time








FINDIT@JHU -- In all library databases plus Google Scholar, the FINDIT@JHU link will show you all of the ways that you can get an article.

  • On a Hopkins computer, Google Scholar automatically shows you FIND IT@JHU  links

  • But on a non-Hopkins device (like your laptop), you should either

--- log in through the portal (
--- go to the library home page , choose "Articles and Databases," and use the "Google Scholar" tab

Configure Scholar to Show FIND IT -- In the upper left corner, click the icon with 3 lines; choose "Settings"; choose "Library Links"; click "Save"

  • If you do not see "FIND IT" next to a citation, look below the citation and click on the little arrow. Usually, the FINDIT link will magically appear.







News stories can also provide sources of information about your research.

Latin America
  • LILACS (English) -- This is a "comprehensive index of scientific and technical literature of Latin America and the Caribbean." Here is the list of countries which have contributed information. LILACS includes health information -- choose any of tjhe "types of study," and then use the filters on the right to focus your searches, by language, region, year, or others.
  • Scielo (Scientific Electronic Library Online) -- Scielo was created in 1997 by BIREME in Brazil, which is a specialized center of PAHO/WHO. Scielo is "a virtual library of scientific journals in electronic format which currently accommodates 967 journals from 12 Ibero-American countries." [L.E. Bravo (2014), From Printing to Scielo and PubMed Central]   

    --- For English: Do a search, then choose "English" (upper right corner) for an English platform. To get articles in English, choose it from under "Language" in the filters on the left. 

These are tools for coding your systematic review articles. For help, please contact Lori Rosman (410-614-1286,

Covidence (currently free) -- Here are its features

Rayaan (free) -- Scroll down for tutorial

RedCap (fee-based)

RevMan (used by Cochrane) -- This tool is really not for reviewing citations and creating data abstraction forms, but rather for use with your final product.

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Is My Information Reliable?

Your professors, employers, and colleagues will always need to know

  • whether you used information that was scholarly and dependable, and
  • where you found your information

The Evaluating Information guide will show you how to evaluate the reliability of information.

The Citing guide will show you how to list those information sources correctly and completely, so that others can find them.


Here is another way to evaluate information: always apply the CRAAP test to web sites or documents whose trustworthiness you are not sure about:

  • currency
  • relevance
  • authority
  • accuracy
  • purpose
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