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Information Resources in Public Health

This guide has resources and information to support study and research for the Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health (MEZCOPH).

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Welcome to the College of Public Health and the Arizona Health Sciences Library. This page contains information and resources that will be essential for your success throughout your program.

Before you begin, there are two best practices when accessing information resources through the library:

  • When accessing databases and journals, you must always go through either the Health Sciences Library site or the Main Library site. This will ensure that you can obtain full-text articles, document delivery, and interlibrary loan services.
  • As a student at the University of Arizona, your NetID authenticates your access to most library and campus resources and services. If you don't know your NetID, or are having trouble accessing library resources, you can find helpful information on our Connecting to Library Resources page.

Your Public Health Librarian, Jean McClelland, has prepared an overview of the Health Sciences Library, Public Health resources, and a brief example of database searching. Please note that the layout of our website has changed somewhat, but all important feature are essentially the same. Watch the video here:

 

If you are on campus, the library also has study rooms and technology available to check out (such as laptops, tablets, and other electronic equipment). You can reserve a room through the link at top-right corner of our homepage or check the availability of our technology under the Services tab.

Searching and Databases

There are a multitude of resources available to you at the Arizona Health Sciences Library (AHSL). Some databases will be essential to your studies, as shared in the overview video above.  These include PubMed, Embase, PsycInfo, and even Google Scholar.  All of these can be accessed through the Top Resources link on the AHSL website.  There are also some helpful tutorials to get the most out of your search. 

Managing and Citing Your Research

Once you have found articles that you want to include in your literature reviews, research or other course projects, you will need a way to keep them organized and accessible.  Citation Managers (such as EndNote, Mendeley and RefWorks) are the solution.  Use our hands-on guide to sign up and explore EndNote Basic. 

To avoid improper citation and plagiarism, you should explore the resources and guidelines on the library's Write and Cite resource page. This page also has many useful links to writing, research and publishing resources.

Evaluating Websites and Online Resources

In addition to journal articles and other resources accessible through our databases, you may be searching the open web for consumer health information. You can use the following tutorials and links to learn how to evaluate health information across the internet: