Public Health

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

Find Journal Articles, News, Conference Papers, and More

Save your time! Use these search techniques:

  • Put quotation marks around PHRASES (two or more words), so that the words are searched together
    --- Example: "chicken pox"
  • Put an asterisk at the end of words, so that you get all of the word endings
    --- Example: high* = high, highs, higher, highest
  • Think of alternate spellings or synonyms
    --- Example: healthcare or "healthcare"; malfunction or failure
  • Start by putting your search words in the Title. If you get nothing, you can take them out of the Title and move them to "Anywhere."

After you look in general sources, use *article* databases to find more specific information about your topic.

To start:

Finding Information about Everything

Use journal articles to get:

  • a narrow or specific part of your topic
  • up-to-date information

1. Library home page --> Articles and Databases --> DATABASES

2.  Click "Browse all databases"


3. Choose a subject to see the databases with information about it.


4. In each list, start with the databases under CORE -- they are the best and most relevant 

  • For a description about what's in the database, click "More Info" next to the database name


In addition to journal articles, what other specialized information should you check?

  1. Statistics -- This guide has statistics for the U.S. and the world
  2. News sources -- See the tab above called "What's the News?"
  3. Government information -- U.S. government agencies, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have web sites that are full of information
    --- Tip:  To find information from ONLY the U.S. government, put a lot of words into Google and add to your search

Evaluate the information

If you are NOT searching a scholarly database like the ones in the library, make sure that you carefully evaluate the information you have found.

In addition to the news itself, news items can also provide the names of information sources about your topics.

For business news: the best database is ABI/INFORM, and the other two under CORE

  • Library home page --> Databases by Topic --> Business --> CORE

What are people saying?

  • Polling the Nations -- Questions and responses from more than 12,000 national, state, local, and special surveys, conducted by 700 polling organizations in the United States and 70 other countries, from 1986 through the present.
    (Only 4 people at a time can use this database.)
  • Roper iPoll -- "Most of the data are from the United States, but over 50 nations are represented. You can search for datasets by keyword, country, surveying agency, timeframe, and type of sample.
    --- Users "that have an email address with the extension can self-register by clicking on the Account icon and selecting "Log In", although registration is no longer necessary to search or download when connected to the campus network. Pre-existing login credentials will not provide access to this new Roper iPoll, so you will have to create a new account.
  • PubMed -- In the top left of your results list, choose Article Types --> Customize --> [UNcheck anything that's checked] -->Editorial
  • General Science Full Text -- On the search page, scroll down to Article Type and choose Editorial, Letter to the Editor, or Opinion
Annotated bibliography summarizing the evidence in published research on the causes of obesity.
(Use AMA style [American Medical Association])

Assignment #2 is attached (below).



How to cite tables in Statista, using AMA style:

  1. Statista is an aggregator (collector) of data, which means that all of its content comes from somewhere else.
  2. Statista itself says " In publications, references should always be made to the original source of the information."

Therefore, look for the information next to each table about its original source; for example:

Then, go to the original source to get more information; for example:


  • From the table in Statista, you have the name of the table ("Global roboticare market in 2018 and a forecast for 2029"), the website (BIS Research), and the publication date (2019)
  • From the source itself (BIS Research), you can search for the word "roboticare" and get the full name of the report ("Global Robitcare etc.: Focus on etc.")
  • For electronic sources, AMA style also requires other things. Bis Research is a website, and here is the AMA info for citing a website:

"Author(s), if given (often, no authors are given). Title of the specific item cited (if none is given, use the name of the organization responsible for the site11). Name of the website. URL [provide URL and verify that the link still works as close as possible to publication]. Published [date]. Updated [date]. Accessed [date].

So a decent citation for this table, in this report, in AMA style, would be:
--- Title of the specific table (in Statista). Title of the report (on the website). BIS Research. 2019. Accessed October 27, 2020.