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MBI 461: Human Disease and Epidemiology: Finding Literature

Finding research and data for your final paper

This guide provides some resources and other information that will help you track down research and data about your chosen public health topic. This page has direct links to databases and websites that contain health information. If you are having trouble coming up with relevant search terms, take a look at the Video Tutorials page of this guide, and if you want more information about how to properly cite the information you find, take a look at the Citations and References page.

Don't hesitate to reach out to me, your subject librarian, if you get stuck or have questions that aren't answered in this guide. Happy searching!

Best bets for finding research

Just want to browse through some journals? The link below will take you to an alphabetical list of several peer-reviewed epidemiology journals we have online access to here at Miami. This may be a good place to start for those of you having trouble settling on a topic. Not all of the articles in these journals are peer-reviewed research though--some are letters, some are opinion articles, etc.--so you'll have to do a little bit of legwork to evaluate whether you can use it. If you're not sure, ask me or Dr. Ghimire!

Looking for related research? The databases listed below are some recommended options for tracking down resources to use in your research. If you need a refresher on how to best use them, contact me!

Websites for background information

Below are some websites you may find useful when tracking down background research on your chosen topic. Be aware, this is by no means an exhaustive list; use the sites here as a starting point.

Slides from class

Get to Full Text with Find It!

Most literature indexes do not have the actual journal articles included within them.  Instead, these indexes just contain information about the article, e.g. titles, authors, abstract.

When you find an article of interest in an index, click the "Find It" button by that entry to get to the full text.  If we have a subscription, "Find It" will provide a link to the journal article. (Or if we have the print, it will provide a link to the catalog with the location and call number.)

Find It button

(A few databases, like Academic Search Complete, include full text for some articles. These databases may allow you to search only for articles available in full text, but be aware that you are only searching a small portion of the articles we actually subscribe to.)

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