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Public Health: Public Health

Library Books

A general overview of any topic can be found in a Reference book.  A good place to find a Reference book is Credo Reference.

Meredith College uses the Dewey Decimal System to organize books.  Most public health books are  cataloged in the following areas:

614 Public preventative medicine

363.34 Public safety after disasters

614.4 Incidence of disease

363.8  Supplying food to society

Journal articles about a particular subject

Articles are found in databases.  One of the best sources for articles in nutrition journals is the database PubMed.  PubMed MESH subject headings are subject headings assigned by the National Library of Medicine.  In order to access the MeSH subject headings change the drop down menu to "MeSH."  Once you have chosen the appropriate MeSH heading you can incorporate them into a PubMed search.  NLM provides a tutorial for PubMed users.

Databases covering related disciplines may also contain articles of interest:

Health Source: Consumer Edition - A resource with consumer-oriented information on many health-related topics including medical sciences, food science and nutrition, childcare, aging, fitness, sports medicine and general health.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition indexes nursing journals.

Medline Plus  - A medical information website from the NIH which offers extensive information about drugs and supplements, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, the latest health news, and more.

ProQuest Family Health - This database includes journals and magazines covering an enormous range of health subjects.

ProQuest Health & Medical Complete -This database offers coverage of clinical and biomedical topics, consumer health, health administration and more..

ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source - This database coverage of the fields of nursing and allied health.  Includes both scholarly journals and popular magazines.S

SCOPUS - abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, providing an overview of research across all academic disciplines, with an international focus and emphasis on health and natural sciences

SPORTDiscus - A scholarly database covering sports and sports medicine.

Wiley Online Library is a publisher database including many scientific titles.

What do I do if I find a relevant journal article, but it is really old?

Science Citation Index helps you find similar more recent research that references the older article.

Statistical and Patient Information

The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is an online tool to measure the state of a community's health. The data includes high school graduation rates, access to health foods, tobacco use, obesity and teen births, as well as, socioeconomic and environmental data.

The Health and Wellness Center Information Center website contains summaries and links to reputable web sources on various health conditions and diseases.

Statista provides statistics on the extent of reported disease in the US and worldwide.

How do I find a specific item?

How do I find an article in a particular journal?  Go to the library's web page and click on the Journal Titles tab.  Type the name of the journal, the American Journal of Public Health for example, in the search box.  If there is an online version (represented by the computer screen icon) click on the icon and then choose a database name.  Once you are in the database search within that publication.

How do I find an assigned reading?  The professor says it is in the library.  Items on reserve may be located using the Course Reserve tab on the library's web page.

If the professor asks you to read an article not on reserve begin by clicking the Journal Titles tab on the library's home page. Type the name of the journal, Perspectives in Public Health for example, in the search box. Once you have found the journal title consult the owned beginning and ending dates of that journal.  Pick a date range that contains the date of the article you are looking for. 

Am I limited to what is at Meredith?

You may borrow materials from other universities in Raleigh.

Click here to see the Cooperating Raleigh College agreement.

If a journal article is not at Meredith or a book is not at Meredith or North Carolina State University you may submit an Interlibrary Loan request.

Dissertations from other universities may be found in WorldCatDissertations.  Two dissertations per graduate student may be ordered free of charge through ILL.

Writing it all down

Endnote Web is a product which allows you to collect all your documentation in one place.

AMA (American Medical Association) publishes its own style manual describing your paper's format

Library Liaison

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