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Finding Journal Articles
The most current research in public health is often found in journal articles. The U of L Library subscribes to many databases that allow you to search for journal articles on your research topic. Some of the most important databases in the field of public health are listed on the right. Read the description of each database to determine which ones are most likely to include articles on your topic.
Databases usually provide article citation information and abstracts—summaries of what each article is about. Often, the full text of the article is available within the database or through a
link. If the full text of an article isn't available through the U of L Library, you may request it via an interlibrary loan.
For more information on finding articles through the U of L Library, visit our
Find Journal Articles guide. For tips on how to search databases, watch the video below.
Search Techniques and Strategies
The databases listed below, particularly Global Health & Global Health Archive, are core public health resources. They are the best sources of scholarly articles on public health research.
For a more comprehensive list, see our
Public Health Resources page. Keep in mind that many research topics are multidisciplinary, so you may wish to search databases from other subject areas as needed.
Global Health & Global Health Archive
Provides access to leading public health literature, indexing publications from over 100 countries in the developed and developing world. Subjects covered include environmental and occupational health, epidemiology, health promotion, health services, nutrition, and public health emergencies.
CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Indexes over 5,000 journals in nursing and allied health fields, 760 of which are available in full text. Covers a wide range of topics including nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. Also indexes health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, audiovisuals, and book chapters.
MEDLINE [via OVID]
Produced by the United States National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE provides authoritative information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Indexes approximately 5,200 of the world's leading nursing and biomedical journals.
SocINDEX with Full Text
Comprehensive sociology research database covering virtually all sociology-related topics, including abortion, criminology, demography, ethnic and racial studies, gender studies, social work, substance abuse, and violence. Indexes journals, books, and conference papers.
APA PsycINFO [via Ovid]
Indexes over 2,500 periodicals in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences, as well as books, book chapters, and dissertations. A good resource for interdisciplinary topics relating to psychology.
Provides a searchable registry of approximately 5,000 systematic reviews and meta-analyses of research related to public health. An overall quality rating ranging from 0 to 10 is provided for all reviews and analyses.
Academic Search Complete
A very large, broad database indexing over 17,000 journals and magazines, including many leading publications on public health topics. Provides full-text for almost 6,000 peer-reviewed journals in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. An excellent database for multidisciplinary topics.