SEARCH UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
PubMed is your "go to" research database for Public Health topics including Health/Healthcare Disparities.
Be sure to USE THIS SPECIAL KENT STATE UNIVERSITY URL to search PubMed! Why? Because the "Find It at Kent State" icon will display in the article abstract display for the retrieved article.
Important Note effective January 2014: you must use the NEW Kent State PubMed URL above. Find It will not work using the previous URL.
What is PubMed?
PubMed, produced by the National Library of Medicine, is a free database of over 23 million citations to articles in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences. It includes the fully-indexed MEDLINE database PLUS in-process recent citations and other relevant journal citations. Read this PubMed Factsheet for full details. So, although you may see the MEDLINE database provided by other vendors, PubMed is better because it has more!
Where can you find out more about PubMed?
But wait! Depending on the type of issue that you are searching, you might want to consider searching in research databases that cover subject areas related to public health. For example, if you are researching a health behavior, you might find it fruitful to search the Psychology Databases. Or if you are researching a topic with a health education aspect, consider searching in the Education Databases.
The Research Databases page of the Public Health Library Guide lists other databases you might want to consider.
Here is a full list of Research Databases by Subject provided by the Kent State University Libraries!
Type your chosen search word(s) in the PubMed search box:
PubMed search has some sophisticated built-in features:
Search for articles about the concepts in your topic using the special Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) rather than keywords when possible.
In PubMed, the MeSH Database can be used to identify useful subject headings and build your PubMed MeSH search.
One caution -- searching with MeSH terms only retrieves records that are fully indexed. Recently added "In Process" or "Supplied by Publisher" records can only be searched by using keywords.
How do I find out more about searching with Medical Subject Headings?
For a complex topical search, your search strategy will require searching on more than one concept.
There are TWO ways to combine concept searches in PubMed using Boolean Logic:
Another Hint: Print or save the search history so you can keep track of your searching activities. Sometimes it is helpful for you to remember which search terms you used and how you logically combined your search concepts. You can do a screen print or you can click “Download history” to generate a CSV file that you can save/print using Excel. Find out more about the search history here.
View detailed information about the articles retrieved by your search by viewing the Abstract display format.
From the Abstract display format, you can:
Build a list of articles you have identified as useful by saving in the Clipboard. You can use this list to build the bibliography for the written product of your research.
How do I make a printout of a list of article citations in PubMed?