About Finding Articles
To find articles published about public health, you will search in Medline, which includes indexing of journals that publish in the area of public health. You may also find CINAHL, the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature, to be useful. Other databases that will be helpful for finding public health information are listed in the box to the right.
Both CINAHL and Medline are primarily indexes, which means they allow you to search for and find out about articles published on a health care topic, but they don't necessarily contain the full text of any particular article that you find. Both of these indexes, however, contain the full text of some of the articles that they index, and for that articles for which the full text is not available within Medline or CINAHL, there is a link to connect to the full text in another database, if the library has it.
You will see these "Find Full Text" links in CINAHL and in some of the interfaces to Medline.
If you can't open an article that you need, contact the Reference Desk for assistance.
If we don't have an article you need, and you are a student, staff or faculty at UM-Flint, we will get it for you from a library that does have it. This is a free service called Interlibrary Loan.
What is Peer Review?
Peer review is the process in which an article is reviewed by experts in the author's field before being accepted for publication. This process generally gives the article more credibility and validity than articles published in popular magazines. It is recommended that you always be aware of the information you are using, however, because in the end, the onus is on you to use valid, credible information when writing papers and doing projects for university courses.
Databases to Start With
The databases listed below are the ones you will use most for Public Health. Other helpful databases may be found in the A to Z list in this Nursing guide.
Publicly available access to Medline.
This index (the Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) will include much useful information in the area of public health, though it is primarily for nursing and allied health care professions such as physical therapy.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
Statistics relating to health, disease and mortality from the Centers for Disease Control, updated weekly.
Additional databases for Public Health are available in the A-Z List of databases tab above.