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Public Health Information Resources: Journal articles

What are you looking for?

So many resources for finding articles! To choose where to start, consider what you are looking for. Do you want to retrieve a specific article, or do you want to find articles about a topic? Do you want to find all the articles about a topic? Do you want to find articles from a particular author, grant, journal, or institution?  Or perhaps you already have an article's PDF, and you want to get its citation information into EndNote, RefWorks, or another citation manager? Different databases work best for different tasks. Check out all that we offer, and contact me if you'd like to ask about choosing the right databases and crafting targeted searches for your research question.

Core databases for public health and biomedical literature: PubMed, Global Health, Embase, Scopus, Web of Science, Articles+

Specialty databases

How do I get full-text?

The Medical Library provides links to full-test electronic holdings via YaleLinks.

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Not finding what you need?  Request it!

PubMed Special Queries

PubMed offers specialized filters to help you get to relevant results. 

You can find structured evidence queries -- that is, pre-formulated PubMed search strategies -- for all the Healthy People 2020 objectives at These are great starting points for public health research questions. If there's a query for your topic, just click on it! Spend less time crafting a search and more time reading relevant papers. 

Which database should you use?

It depends! Here are some factors to consider.

  • Are you interested in journal articles, or journal articles + conference papers + research instruments + "grey literature"?
  • Is your topic covered in core biomedical journals and databases, or do you want to search the literature of other disciplines -- sociology, allied health, psychology, economics, engineering -- as well?
  • Do you want to search with controlled vocabularies and subject headings, with natural language keywords, or both?
  • Do you want to use operators for truncation and proximity?
  • Do you want to document and save your searches?
  • Do you want to download batches of citations into your reference manager?

Depending on the answers to these questions, I can help you choose which literature databases are the best for your research question.