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Class research guide for PUBH395, curated by liaison librarian

Getting Started with Research for PUBH395!

Getting Started

If you are looking for topic ideas or need more introductory information to begin your research, try consulting reference materials like encyclopedias. The links here will connect you with scholarly encyclopedias focused specifically on public health topics - search their entries to learn more about your general topic and use any entry's bibliography to find more sources for further reading.

[In the resources below, click "Access full-text resource" to navigate to the publication. You can see topics covered at a glance by clicking the Table of Contents tabs.]

Recommended Subject-Specific Databases

Public Health research can be very interdisciplinary, so if you find that these databases cover too narrow a field for your topic, try using SearchStart instead, which covers our biggest interdisciplinary databases with a very wide range of subjects.

Exploring public health, ethics, and faith

If you are looking for more introductory information for the faith portion of your research, try browsing theological encyclopedias or dictionaries. Connect to these scholarly resources through the links here - again, you can search their entries to get more background for your topic and use any entry's bibliography to find more sources for further reading.


If you're looking for church-based information, you might want to investigate the websites for the major Reformed denominations. In particular, the Christian Reformed Church has extensive resources on social justice that connect to Biblical principles. Use the links below to connect:

Not Finding What You're Looking For?

Even if Hekman Library doesn't own a particular book or article that you need, you can borrow or get a copy from another library through our MeL and ILL sharing services. If you have any questions or problems, our library staff are always available to help!


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