Welcome to Yale's Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. While you're on campus and (through the VPN) while you're far away, our library resources and services can help you conduct high quality research. My colleagues and I are happy to talk with you anytime.
1. Always use your critical thinking skills to appraise the scholarly literature that your read. Peer review isn't perfect, even though it's the best tool we have. So read journal articles, and everything else, with an open mind -- and with critical appraisal checklists for different study designs.
2. Usually, your Yale credentials will make it easy to access everything you want to read online. Now and again, there might be some hassle, like an incomplete citation... a book that's out of print... a journal with a paywall. If something is relevant to your education or research, don't give up! And don't pay for it, either; the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will get it for you, for free, ASAP.
3. The public health librarian and the staff of the medical library are here to help you. It's good to ask questions, and it's ok if you're not an expert yet. Your time at Yale is the perfect time to develop the skills you'll need in your professional career in public health, like literature searching and critical appraisal. We want to help you learn and practice these competencies.
Check with librarians if you have ANY concerns about where you might publish, predatory journals, the open access citation advantage -- we can talk through your situation and your goals and give you personalized advice.