Public Health Subject Guide
Use the Public Health subject guide pages to find resources to support literature research.
Databases are the workhorses of journal article searching. Since research topics can be in found in many different disciplines and in a huge number of journals, using the right database to search across the appropriate variety of journals is crucial.
Read the descriptions and experiment with the ones on this page to learn which are best for your given search effort. What’s right for one search effort might not be for another.
If you already have in mind a database that will be best for your search effort and don’t see it on this page, check All Databases.
- Databases Links and descriptions for Top Journal Databases like PubMed and Biomedical Reference Collection* and others to find journal articles in Public Health.
- Journals Access journals like American Journal of Public Health* and Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health* and read advice on finding more.
1. Sometimes you have a citation in hand for an article.
2. Sometimes a journal database or internet browser doesn’t provide full-text.
Learn the steps to find another database where it might be.
Get articles to journals we don’t even subscribe to with Interlibrary Loan*.
Links and descriptions for Public Health Websites like Arcadia University’s Graduate and Undergraduate Degree Program Options and professional organization websites.
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Top Databases for Public Health
PubMed Go-to resource for many Public Health professionals. A large and very comprehensive database that is an excellent place to conduct health science literature research. It searches the MEDLINE database and other journals in health-science-related fields. Learn the steps in Can't Find Full-text? to help find anything else among AU’s subscriptions that PubMed doesn’t provide free access to.
Biomedical Reference Collection* Compare to PubMed. Contains over 4,000 full-text journals covering a variety of disciplines ranging from and the health sciences to the health care system.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews* "Cochrane" is a well-regarded, regularly updated collection of review articles on many medical topics. Use EBM Reviews* to search other providers of reviews simultaneously.
DARE* The Databases of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects is a collection of review articles from the international Center for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD). They focus on the evaluation of the effects of health care interventions and the delivery and organization of health services. Use EBM Reviews* to search other providers of reviews simultaneously.
Next Databases for Public Health
Academic Search Ultimate* A large, academically multidisciplinary article database that is another very good place to do Public Health scholarly literature searching.
ScienceDirect* Scholarly articles from scientific, technical, and medical journals. A product of the major academic publisher Elsevier.
Journals@Ovid* Scholarly articles from scientific, technical, and medical journals.
EBM Reviews* Evidence-based medicine (EBM) reviews of articles on many health science topics. This resource searches multiple sources simultaneously:
- ACP Journal Club
- Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews*
- Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
- Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)*
- Cochrane Methodology Register
- Health Technology Assessment
- NHS Economic Evaluation Database
WorldCat A huge database of books and other materials found in libraries across the U.S. and worldwide that you can borrow using Interlibrary Loan.
Journals for Public Health
These are selected Public Health journal titles. Find others by keyword searching on public health topics in a database like one listed above.
Biostatistics* "...An online only journal publishing papers that develop innovative statistical methods with applications to the understanding of human health and disease, including basic biomedical sciences."
Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health* "...A leading international journal devoted to publication of original research and reviews covering applied, methodological and theoretical issues with emphasis on studies using multidisciplinary or integrative approaches."
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