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Articles & Books Search

Use Articles & Books to search much of the library's content in a single search. Search settings can be changed on the results page. To limit to just scholarly articles, check the box for "Scholarly/peer-reviewed articles" in the upper left of search results.


Articles / Databases


These databases focus on specific areas of interest to Public Health. Some (including PubMed) may use specialized terminology or offer advanced features not available in more comprehensive search tools, but they will identify only a subset of content that is available.

  • 30683
    PubMed 1950 - current
    Identifies articles in clinical and basic biomedical research as well as in psychology, many with links to full text.
  • 6682
    ScienceDirect Varies
    Journals from Elsevier Science. Browse or search tables of contents, abstracts and full text of articles in all disciplines.
  • 6633
    ISI Citation Databases 1898 - current
    Identifies journal articles and cited references to research publications from all disciplines, some with links to full text.
  • 6643
    Medline - OVID Via Ovid 1950 - current
    Identifies articles in clinical and basic biomedical research as well as in psychology. Many with links to full text.
  • 6666
    PolicyFile 1990 - current
    Research publications from U.S. and international think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers
  • 6659
    ProQuest Research Via ProQuest Varies
    Identifies articles on all topics, many with links to full text. Includes articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
  • 6674
    PsycINFO Via Ovid 1969 - current
    Identifies articles, books and dissertations in psychology and related subjects, many with links to full text.
  • 34306
    Sage Research Methods Varies
    Links research methods tools with content to help you design research projects across the social sciences.
  • 6829
    RAND Varies
    Reports, journals and books on national security, business, education, health, law and science from the nonprofit RAND Corp.
  • 6684
    Social Sciences Full Text Via EBSCO 1983 - current
    Identifies articles in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, politics and law, many with links to full text.


See Databases for a complete list of library databases. The Browse by Subject section has more database recommendations for Public Health, as well as recommendations for Anthropology, Psychology, Biology and other disciplines. 




Find books by searching either Articles & Books or the UR Catalog.


To see recent additions to the library's collections, check out the New Titles page.



All journals are listed in the UR Catalog, Search by journal title.


To find only the library journals that are online, search/browse using the eJournals page.


Reference Works
  • Encyclopedia of Global Health (2008) online in Sage Reference
  • Encyclopedia of Health & Aging (2007) online in Sage Reference
  • Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology (2004) online in Credo. Also online from Springer.
  • Encyclopedia of Obesity (2008) online in Sage Reference
  • International Encyclopedia of Public Health (2008) in ScienceDirect
  • Black's Medical Dictionary, 42nd ed. (2010) online in Credo
  • Encyclopedia of Substance Abuse Prevention, Treatment, & Recovery (2009) online in Sage Reference
  • Health Care Policy & Politics, A to Z (2009) online in ebrary

    Literature Reviews
     Literature review articles provide an overview to an area of research, identify who is working in that area, and cite relevant published work.
    • PubMed (online 1950-current) includes review articles. Select "Review" on the left of search results to display only review articles.
    • Annual Review of Public Health (online 1980-current). Use the search box in the upper right to find articles on topics of interest.


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    Library Locations & Maps

    These University of Rochester Libraries house materials useful for research in Public Health.


  • Rush Rhees Library - floor mapstack guide - public health, anthropology, psychology, education, history, general social sciences
  • Edward G. Miner Medical Library at the UR Medical Center- first floor map - medicine, health, nursing, psychology, epidemiology and related disciplines
  • Carlson Library - floor layout - biology, neuroscience, environmental science
  • Art & Music Library in Rush Rhees - floor map - art, music, DVDs, videos and CDs

    Citation Linker

    If you have a citation (journal title, year, volume, issue, etc.) to an article, Citation Linker will check to see if the library has it online. Enter as much of the citation as you have. If nothing is found, try again after removing page numbers and dates.


    Even easier, try searching the article title and author last name using the Articles & Books tab.


    Managing What You Find

    To keep up with references and appropriately cite them in papers and bibliographies, consider any of these tools. Each will copy article, book and other citations from databases into a single location that you can manage. Style options include CSE, APA, MLA, Chicago and many others.

    • RefWorks - Store your references on the Internet (so you can access them from anywhere), insert citations while you write your paper, and easily format your bibliography. Brief tutorials are available on RefWorks' website.
      Create your own RefWorks account by clicking "Sign up for an Individual Account." 
    • EndNote - Export and format references from databases and store them on your own computer.
      Download the EndNote software - Free download requires login with NetID and password.
    • Zotero - A free Firefox extension with many of the same features as RefWorks and EndNote, plus other features you might find useful.


    Writing & Style Guides
    • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed. (2010)   Rhees Reference BF76.7 P83 2010, also Rhees Reserves. Online, see supplemental materials and a brief tutorial, The Basics of APA Style, at APA's website.
    • Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers 7th ed. (2006)   Rhees Reference T11 .S386 2006 and Carlson Reference - See examples of CSE Style at Diana Hacker's Research and Documentation Online.
    • Writing & Citing provides more helpful links.


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    Subject Guides
    Library Subject Guides

    In addition to this guide, related guides include

  • Anthropology
  • Biology
  • Earth & Environmental Sciences
  • Psychology

    Departments, Centers & Programs at UR
  • Clinical and Social Sciences in Psychology
  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy and Outcomes Research
  • Healthcare Management
  • Public Health Sciences
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences


     Cultured Med (SUNY Binghamton)
    Public Health Internet Resources  (UC Berkeley)
     U.S. Government

    Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Healthy People 2020
    National Institutes of Health

    National Library of Medicine

    Office of Minority Health (Health & Human Services)


     University & Independent Research Centers

    Center for Communications Programs (Johns Hopkins University)
    Center for Law & the Public’s Health (Johns Hopkins & Georgetown)
    Harvard School of Public Health
    The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

    Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies

    Mayo Clinic

    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

     Health Statistics & Data
    National Center for Health Statistics
    Global Health Observatory (GHO)  (World Health Organization)


     International Agencies
     Pan American Health Organization
    The World Bank
    World Health Organization
    United Nations Refugee Agency  (UNHCR)






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