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NS 4600: Explorations in Global and Public Health: Home

A guide to evidence-based research in public health.


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This research guide provides helpful hints, approaches and links for conducting a thorough and comprehensive literature search for evidence in public health interventions.  This includes both the published literature found in scholarly journals, as well as gray literature such as government reports and conference proceedings.  Navigate the guide using the blue tabs above or the following links:

  • Evaluating Evidence in Public Health:  Links to useful articles discussing the challenges of finding and evaluating evidence in public health interventions. 
  • Steps to finding evidence:  A step-wise approach to searching for research evidence and some links to methodological guidance for conducting evidence reviews for public health.   
  • Finding scholarly literature:  Guidance for doing structured database searches and links to the many databases in which you will find articles and studies in the field of public health, and more. 
  • Searching the gray literature:  Guidance for approaching and structuring your search of the gray literature and links to sources where you can find things like dissertations and technical reports.
  • Managing your research:  Tools and guidance for managing all of the documents that you find along the way.

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