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Public Health: Start Here!

A guide to finding online resorces for public health research


This guide introduces you to library services and resources to support your public health research. Click on the tabs at the top to find articles in health sciences databases, e-books, and more.
View our library research tutorials. Learn how to develop a research topic, choose keywords, locate peer-reviewed articles and more. Please contact me to schedule an appointment, or for immediate assistance Ask A Librarian.
  Online public health students may find additional information here.

Snell Library Orientation

A brief overview of the Snell Library website, the Public Health Research Guide, and information for online students. Begin your research here!

Key Databases

Begin your research here! For additional options, visit our comprehensive list of resources.

                         Click here to view interactive PubMed tutorials!

Research Tutorials

Need help getting started with your research for your class assignments? View our library research tutorials. Learn how to pick a manageable research topic, choose effective search terms, locate peer-reviewed articles and more. View videos, slides and checklists!

Just Starting a Research Project?

SAGE Research Methods is a library more than 1,000 e-books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, journal articles and instructional videos to help you design your research project, develop a researchable question, learn about 8 steps to a successful literature review, and view tips for writing up your findings. For an overview of the research process, begin with the Project Planner! Learn how methods are related and view definitions using the Methods Map!

Check Sage's Research Basics pages for Health, Medicine and Nursing

SAGE Practice Data Analysis--master qualitative and quantitative data analysis through hands-on practice
Choose from over 150 datasets using data from real research, designed to support the teaching and independent learning of data analysis techniques.

If We Don't Have Access to an Article You Need...

Request articles or books not available at NU through ILLiad our interlibrary loan service. Articles are delivered electronically.

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Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center

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The Public Health and Tobacco Policy Center is a resource for communities striving to improve public health through implementing evidence-based policies. The Center provides legal and technical support for policies that reduce the availability of and market for tobacco products; reduce unwanted exposure to secondhand smoke; minimize tobacco advertising and promotion; increase cancer screening rates; and promote healthy behaviors.

Public Health Advocacy Institute

The Public Health Advocacy Institute is a legal research center focused on public health law at:

Northeastern University School of Law

PHAI’s goal is to support and enhance a commitment to public health in individuals and institutes who shape public policy through law. We are committed to research in public health law, public health policy development; to legal technical assistance; and to collaborative work at the intersection of law and public health. Our current areas of work include tobacco control and childhood obesity.