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FTS 100: Epidemics and Public Health

Spring 2011
This short guide provides a reminder of databases and search engines that we explored in our library session. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask a librarian online or in person.

Professor: Mary Strey
Librarian: Barbara Fister

Table of Contents:

Places to Find Popular and Scholarly Resources
Libraries usually have multiple databases covering different subject areas in different degrees of depth. The first one listed here is useful for all kinds of topics; the second is a specialized database that specifically focuses on medical research.
  • Academic Search Premier
    This database includes both popular and scholarly sources in all fields of study. It's big - so narrowing your search is important. You can narrow a search to focus on either journals (scholarly sources) or magazines (popular). If the full text of an article isn't available, use the yellow FindIt! button to see if it's available in print or in another database.
    1975-present; updated daily
  • PubMed
    A huge database of medical research. When you do a search, it can be helpful to click on Limits and choose "free full text" - that way you can get your hands on articles right away. The articles tend to be quite technical.
  • Scholarly vs. Popular vs. Trade
    Provides criteria for distinguishing between scholarly journals, popular magazine, and trade publications. From the North Carolina State University Libraries.
Finding Books

You can search for books from the library's main page or from the link below. Books are on the main floor or upstairs, depending on the call number. Be sure to write down a complete call number if you're looking for a book on the shelves. The catalog also includes a lot of government documents, many of which have links to online versions of the document. If there is no link, we may have it in paper format, but you should ask a librarian to help you find it; the shelving system for documents is confusing.

  • WorldCat
    Is there a book you'd like to read that isn't at our library? Use this mega-catalog and the yellow "find it" button to request it from another library.
    1000 CE-present; updated daily
Reference Works
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics
    Macmillan 2004 3rd edition
    Covers issues and controversies in bioethics in lengthy, scholarly articles, each one accompanied by a current bibliography of key sources.
    • Location(s): Ref QH 332 .E52 2004
    5 vols.
  • Encyclopedia of Public Health
    Macmillan Reference 2002
    This two-volume reference contains entries relevant to public health, promotion of health and prevention of disease, injuries and premature death. Topics covered include common ailments, environmental factors affecting health, organizations, etc.
    • Location(s): Ref RA 423 .E53 2002
    4 vols.
  • World Atlas of Epidemic Diseases
    This atlas is arranged in historical sequence, beginning with plagues such as the Black Death, moving on through smallpox and measles, to recent diseases such as AIDS.
    • Location(s): Ref Atlas G 1046.E57 W67 2004
Using the Web for Research

The web is a great resource for some topics, but not all. Some research is not available for free on the web; in those cases, library databases will help. When using the Web, be sure to carefully evaluate the credibility of your sources.

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting public health activities in the United States. Provides information on Diseases & Conditions, Healthy Living, and Data & Statistics.
  • Environmental Protection Agency
    Search or browse to access news and reports on a variety of environmental issues. Technical publications, legal and regulatory information, and a database of enforcement and compliance actions taken by the EPA are available from this site. The MyEnvironment option allows you to view snapshot environmental data by geographic area.
  • Food and Drug Administration
    The U.S. FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, the nationís food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
    Part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
Getting Help

Don't hesitate to stop by the reference desk with any questions you have about deciding which route to follow to find sources or evaluating your choices. Librarians are available for drop in service between ten in the morning and ten at night and on Sundays. And if you're not in the library, you can use the chat option below.

  • Chat with a Reference Librarian

  • Interlibrary Loan
    For information on requesting books and articles from other libraries, visit our Interlibrary Loan page.
  • Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism
    If you don't have your copy of Everyday Writer handy, you can get information about citing sources from the library's website. The OWL tutorial on avoiding plagiarism does a good job of explaining what plagiarism is and how to make sure you don't inadvertently misuse sources.
  • Writing Center
    You can get expert writing advice from a tutor at the writing center. In addition to the center in Confer Hall, tutors are available in the library on Sunday and Monday evenings.

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