Public Health

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

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

Search for 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: "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.

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Finding Databases about Other Subjects
 

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

2.  Click "Browse all databases"

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

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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
Medicine, Nursing, and Other Health Professions -- This page has additional information:


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 @jhu.edu 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
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, lrosman1@jhmi.edu).

Covidence

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