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Yale School of Public Health Library Orientation: For PhD students

This guide welcomes new affiliates of YSPH and introduces the library resources and services that will help you accomplish your goal: building your competency in evidence-based public health

As a student

You'll use library resources like online journals and books for your coursework and research projects. Talk with your librarians about projects -- small or large -- to find out about new tools and approaches to do research more efficiently. 

You can use a citation manager to organize all the research you read, and alerts or saved searches to keep you up to date with developments in the literature.

You can analyze citation or collaboration patterns to identify key scholars in your discipline. All this sets you up for success in your prospectus.

As a teacher and teaching fellow

Do you want to teach your students about literature reviews, critical appraisal of scholarly and grey literature, or best practices for citation? Librarians can visit your class/section or help you design a literature-focused assignment. 

The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Course Reserves service can connect students to their assigned readings right inside Canvas. 

Interested in public health pedagogy and Open Educational Resources? Let's do a literature search together for relevant materials.

As a researcher

While you're researching and writing your dissertation, you can come to the Research Data Consultation Group for advice on managing, preserving, describing, and perhaps even publishing your data.

If your work involves high-throughput data analysis, consult with the bioinformatics librarian team.

If you want to write a data management plan, consult with medicaldata@yale.edu.

If you want to write a review paper, explore the medical library's evidence synthesis service.

And of course, you'll continue to use scholarly literature and your citation management software. 

Help build our collection

Have you come across journals, books, databases, datasets, software, or online services that the library should provide to the whole Yale community? Contact the public health librarians, and Cushing/Whitney Medical Library will investigate purchasing or licensing that resource.

Getting ready for your next step

Whether you're staying in academia or moving to industry, publications in peer-reviewed journals will put you in a great position. Our public health librarians, Kate Nyhan and Kayla Del Biondo, can help you maximize your research impact by choosing which journal to submit to, setting up an ORCID for name disambiguation, or identifying evidence of non-traditional research impact, like open data, shared code, and altmetrics. 

When the time comes for applications and interviews, you can research the organizations where you're applying (including firms as well as schools, NGOs, and non-profits).