|Alison (Ali) Konieczny|
|Office: FLITE 315|
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Public Health Issues
- Finding Library Materials
- Starting your Research
- Finding Info. using FLITE Databases
- Obtaining the Full-Text of Articles
- Evaluating your Articles
- Healthcare Policy Resources
- Statistical Resources
- APA Citation Style Links
- Other Useful Library Links
- Michigan Community Health Information: Use the left-hand navigation to find statistical information on major health issues
- PubMed search with Community Health Nursing as a major topic
- Healthy People 2010: Leading Health Indicators: A list of some major public health issues. Also, you may want to look at the current Healthy People 2020 website
- Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): Produced by the CDC to provide public health information
- World Health News: Produced by Harvard to cover "critical public health issues from around the world."
The snapshot of the Library Homepage below highlights the Find menu which is a good starting point to find various library resources, such as books, articles, journals, subject guides, etc.
You may want to start off by gathering background information from books, many of which are available online. Please see the Finding Online Books Guide.
After gathering background information on your topic, you will want to focus your search in general and research databases to find articles on your topic. When doing research from off-campus, you will need to log-on to use databases and other online resources licensed by FSU. Simply use your MyFSU username and password to log-on. For more information on off-campus database access, click here.
This is the largest biomedical database, with over 20 million citations. Search using keywords and then limit your search if necessary using the Advanced Search, related articles link, or selecting the Review link to see only review articles. The Related Citations link works really well in PubMed, so when you find an article that is on topic, click on Related Articles! You may want to search on "Community Health Nursing" and then add the topic that you are interested in.
Click here for PubMed tutorials
The Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) currently gathers information from more than 3000 journals. Consider using the Advanced Search, and at the bottom of the screen you will see a limit for Special Interest, where you can select Public Health. Once you've run a search, use the options on the left-hand side to narrow your date range, and consider using Subject: Major Heading to limit your search to a major topic of interest.
Click here for a CINAHL tutorial
Health & Wellness Resource Center
This database is oriented towards consumer health information and is a good place to find resources that would be directed at patients. Information in this database includes medical encyclopedias, journal articles, pamphlets, videos, and health assessment tools.
This is a general database that will be useful for finding information on about any topic you can come up with! Start off using the Find Subject search box, and if you don't find your subject, use the Basic Search or the Advanced Search to search by keywords. Academic Onefile is a database that will have many similar articles, but will also have unique content, so try them both! Academic OneFile operates in the same manner as General OneFile.
MedlinePlus/Consumer Health: Another highly useful resource from the National Library of Medicine (as is PubMed), this resource provides reliable information oriented towards patients. Increase your ability to provide information to patients who do not speak English by using the vast resources in multiple languages available through MedlinePlus.
In some databases you will see an option for a Text version of the document or a PDF version. In general, the PDF version is preferable as it is most often a scanned version of the original and will therefore contain the graphics. When e-mailing, printing, or saving a group of articles, be sure to select the full-text or PDF option if available.
Some databases contain little full-text, but allow you to link out to Ferris' holdings or the interlibrary loan request form. You will notice the Find it! links following individual citations that will indicate the availability of the article online, in the library, or the need to interlibrary loan the article. Click on the Go button and you will be taken to the online version, library holdings record, or interlibrary loan form to obtain the article you desire. See the example below:
Sample Article Link-Out:
When writing research papers, scholarly articles from Academic Journals and other reliable sources, such as reference books should be utilized. There is a great article about Peer Review that you may want to read. For more help determining if an article is scholarly, peer-reviewed or refereed (those terms all mean the same thing), please click here. The databases discussed above can help you locate reliable information. If you are using websites as sources of information, be sure to evaluate the website. For more information on how to evaluate a website, please click here.
- Whitehouse.gov Health Care
- Health Policy books (both print and online) available at the library.
US Census Bureau: Demographic info. for states/cities
Community Health Status Indicators: Find county level statistics
Census Scope: Useful tool for regional demographic information
ASPE.hhs.gov: Take a look around this government website with many useful information links, such as studies by topic, program, population
State Health Facts- Not a government website, but good source for state level info. and health care policies.
Health Grades: Medical facility ratings
Health Map: Map of major disease outbreaks
Printable 2 page APA Quick Style Guide:
Learn basics about APA style, a prevalent citation format in the medical field.
To find books, journals, videos, and other library materials, there are several resources to use. Beginning at the library's homepage, you will find links for locating all types of library materials.
Using the Find Menu from the top of the library's page, you can find:
- Books: Using the online catalog, beyond books, you can also find videos, government documents, course reserves, etc. The online catalog is set-up so you can perform keyword searches, subject searches, title searches, etc.
- Articles. Using the library's databases, you can select Health and Medical Resources if you are specifically searching a health-related topic, or select other subject areas as necessary.
- Journals: Many journals are available online, but may also be in print or in microform. You can search by the full journal title, title words, or by subject.
- Online Encyclopedias, Handbooks, and other Reference Books: Search these reference books individually, or cross search a group of books using Facts on File, Gale Virtual Reference Library, Sage eReference Encyclopedias, or using our friend Stat!Ref.
Any more questions? Contact: Alison (Ali) Konieczny / Email / Phone: 231-591-3696 / Office: FLITE 315
Don't forget, you are welcome to come to the Oval Information Desk and ask for help any time. You can also call us 231-591-3602 or chat with us.
Last update: May 17, 2011