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BPH 101: Introduction to the U.S. Health System: Our library session

Today's Session

Today, we will be talking about using library resources to find journals and databases and evaluating sources. By the end of this session, you should be able to:

  • Use the library website to find journals and databases relevant to Public Health
  • Use PubMed and the library journal search to search in specific journals
  • Recognize different types of sources and think critically about their content and purpose

Important links for today's class:

Useful Databases

In-class activites

The Public Health guide linked below has the link to PubMed (in the Databases - Core tab) as well as information from Purdue OWL on APA citation.

Part 1: Comparing types of information sources

Part 2: Searching for academic journal articles

Navigating the library website

Selected Journals in Public Health for this course

Remember: you can search the PubMed database and look for these journals (aka: source) in your results, or you can go to Journals & eBooks on the library homepage and click on Find Journals & eBooks.  Once the journal is displayed, you can "search within" it. 

  • American Journal of Public Health
  • Health Affairs
  • JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)
  • Journal of Health & Social Behavior
  • Medical Care Research and Review
  • NEJM (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • Preventing Chronic Disease  (open access)

Research and Instruction Librarian (Health Sciences)