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* Public Health: Research Resources

Resources for students interested in public health related programs at the University of Rochester

Databases & Web Resources

Disease & Nutrition

CIDRAP logoCIDRAP - Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy provides current information about the public health response and preparedness for emerging infectious diseases.

FDA logoU.S. Food & Drug Administration - The food section of the FDA website includes information on recalls, outbreaks, & emergencies, foodborne illness & contaminants, and more.


PsycINFO - Identifies articles, books and dissertations in psychology and related subjects, many with links to full text, 1806 to current.


CINAHL iconCINAHL - Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health:  Identifies articles in nursing and allied health disciplines.   Provides medical research information that is less clinical than PubMed.


undefinedPubMed - Identifies articles in clinical and biomedical research.


Turning Research into Practice - Search engine to retrieve evidence-based research from medical journals, Cochrane Systematic reviews, clinical guidelines, etc.

WHO logoWorld Health Organization - The directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system. 



ATSDR iconATSDR Toxic Substances Portal - Includes documents on specific substances, toxicological information by health effect or chemical class, toxicological information by audience

LC icon​Lexicomp - Navigate to the Toxicology database for indices of antidotes & decontaminants, agents of toxicity, and material safety data sheets (MSDS) for drugs.

Toxline​TOXLINE - Toxicology information covering biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and chemicals.

A Small Dose of Toxicology: The Health Effects of Common Chemicals - An ebook that explores the principles of toxicology by examining the health effects of common chemical agents.




NAL logoNAL Catalog (AGRICOLA) - Covers publications and resources encompassing all aspects of agriculture and allied disciplines, including animal and veterinary sciences, entomology, plant sciences, forestry, aquaculture and fisheries, farming and farming systems, agricultural economics, extension and education, food and human nutrition, and earth and environmental science.

General Science logoGeneral Science Full Text - Identifies magazine and journal articles in science, including Astronomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Conservation, Earth Science, Environment, Food & Nutrition, Genetics, Health & Medicine, Mathematics, Microbiology, Oceanography, Physics, Physiology and Zoology.

GreenfileGreenFile - Drawing on the connection between the environment and disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology, GreenFILE serves as an informative resource for anyone concerned about the issues facing our planet.

USGS logoUSGS - Scientific information about natural hazards that threaten lives and livelihoods, the water, energy, minerals, and other natural resources people rely on, the health of our ecosystems and environment, and the impacts of climate and land-use change.

Scopus icon

Scopus is the world's largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings, covering research topics across all scientific and technical disciplines, ranging from medicine and social sciences to arts and humanities. VPN required for off-campus access. Users should update their passwords.


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undefined  PubMed - Identifies articles in clinical and biomedical research.

Public Affairs Index - Identifies articles on public policy, many with links to the online full text. Covers public health, the environment, housing, human rights, economic and banking policy, international conflict and trade.


Other Policy Databases:

Homeland Security Digital Library - Collection of full-text government documents related to homeland security policy, strategy, and organizational management.

World Health Organization - The directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system.

AASHE - Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education - Full text reports, documents and links on sustainability curriculum, campus culture, and university planning and operations

Social Determinants of Health

Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health - Adopted during the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health on 21 October 2011, the declaration expresses global political commitment for the implementation of a social determinants of health approach to reduce health inequities and to achieve other global priorities.


Education Full Text - Identifies journal articles in education and related fields, many with links to the online full text. Includes administration, teaching methods, curriculum, literacy and government funding.

Health Management Database - Resources in the field of health administration, including journals and dissertations

SocINDEX  (EBSCO) Identifies articles, books and other resources in sociology, anthropology, education, and other social sciences

Social Sciences Full Text  (EBSCO) Identifies articles in sociology, anthropology, geography, economics, politics and law, many with links to full text

PsycINFO  Full text literature from an array of disciplines related to psychology such as psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work

World Health Organization - The directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system.

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Finding Grey Literature

What is grey literature?

  • Information published by entities whose main purpose is NOT publishing​. Watch this video for more info.

What is this important for public health?

  • A large amount of public health information is published as grey literature. This includes government data, information produced by foundations, not-for-profits, companies, schools etc.

Quickly find grey literature by using a site search in Google

  • Examples 1 & 2 find information on formaldehyde on all .org websites or only on ATSDR

domain search



site search




  • Examples 3 & 4: Finds information regarding mindfulness on all college/university websites or only in the Rochester City School District

minfulness site search



mindfulness rscd site search

Browse Public Health Journals

Browse General Public Health journals using Browzine

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Browse Environmental Health journals using Browzine

Environmental Health journals

Browse Epidemiology journals using Browzine

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Browse Mental and Social Health journals using Browzine

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Search Articles & Books or the UR Catalog to find books in the University of Rochester Libraries and online.

  • Articles & Books searches much of the library's content in a single search.
    • Search settings can be changed on the results page.
    • To limit to just books, select Book/eBook on the left of search results.
    • To further limit to just ebooks, also select Full Text Online.
  • UR Catalog identifies a variety of library materials, including books, but it does not find articles.

If the library doesn't have a book you want, request it via Interlibrary Loan. We'll get it for you, often in less than a week. (Learn more about UR Interlibrary Loan in this YouTube video.)

Ebooks Help Guide

If you are having problems using any ebook from the library, feel free to

Course Guides

PH 116 Intro to the US Health System - videos on picking a topic & finding sources using library website and databases

PH 203 Principles of Toxicology - videos to supplement in-class lectures (from syllabus)

PH 236 Healthcare and Law - resources to help you find legal information related to healthcare

New York Times Health News

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