1. Peer review isn't perfect, even though it's the best tool we have. Read everything -- peer reviewed or not -- critically. Critical appraisal checklists for different study designs are useful.
2. Usually, your Yale credentials will make it easy to access everything you want to read online. If something behind a paywall is relevant to your education or research, no problem! Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will get it for you, for free, ASAP, through InterLibrary Loan.
3. The public health librarians 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.
**Watch the video below to learn more. Click 'Vimeo' in the bottom right corner of the video to access full playlist and important links noted in the video.**
Welcome to Yale, and welcome to your career in public health! The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is here to support you and evidence-based public health. Take advantage of our online tutorials, training workshops, and one-on-one consultations. Use our great study spaces, useful tech resources (in the library and for borrowing), and huge collections of scholarly literature. Email the public health librarians at any time or schedule a consultation.