ESPM 167: ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
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Recommended reference books on toxicology include:
- Clinical toxicology of commercial products, 5th ed. Robert E. Gosselin. Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins, 1984.
UCB Public Health Library: RA 1211.C586 1984, Reserve*
UCB Chemistry Library: RA 1211.C586 1984, Reference
- A consumer’s dictionary of household, yard, and office chemicals. Ruth Winter. New York: Crown Publishers, 1992.
UCB Public Health Library: RA 770.5.W56 1992, Reserve*
- Encyclopedia of clinical toxicology. Irving S. Rossoff. Boca Raton, FL: Parthenon Pub. Group, 2002.
UCB Public Health Library: RA1193.R67 2002, Reserve*
*Note: The Public Health Library is scheduled to be closed September 13 - October 7, 2007. Reserve material will be available at the Education-Psychology Library in Tolman Hall, at the Circulation Desk.
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PUBMED (http://uclibs.org/PID/17708) 1947 - present
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- Combining search terms with Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
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- MeSH Qualifiers (Subheadings): Using subheadings with MeSH terms will narrow and focus your search results. Here are some subheadings which might be useful for this class:
(MeSH term + subheading)
|prevention and control
||Asthma/prevention and control
||Flame retardants/adverse effects
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- Search for your term in the title field: yourterm[ti]. If the word is in the article title, a relevant MeSH term should be listed in the "Citation" display. Try this with several articles to get a list of likely MeSH terms.
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- Preventive Medicine vs. Preventive Health Services; Pulmonary Medicine vs. Lung Diseases
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Drugs and substances (chemicals) can be classified under several different broader headings or classes. When you find a drug or substance in MeSH, it is important to look at where it appears on the Tree(s). You may need to broaden or narrow your search to get the best article citations for your topic. For example, are you interested in DDT, or all chlorinated hydrocarbons? Items listed as a substance may also have relevant MeSH terms.
- Example: type asthma/epidemiology into PubMed's search box to find articles on the epidemiology of asthma.
- Example: ddt[mesh] OR alpha-chloro-DDT [Substance Name] OR DDT-dehydrochlorinase [Substance Name], etc.
Finding Articles: Other Article Databases
See the "Development Studies" research guide from the UCB Library for further information and more resources.
ECONLIT 1969 - present
The most comprehensive index to scholarly journal articles in economics; also lists book chapters and dissertations. Most citations include a searchable abstract. Some full text is included.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AND POLLUTION MANAGEMENT 1981 - present
All aspects of environmental issues; indexes articles, books, web sites, governmental reports, and conference proceedings.
GEOGRAPHY 1990 - present
Indexes over 2000 journals, monographs, books, conference proceedings, and theses covering the international literature in physical and human geography, as well as international development issues.
INTERNATIONAL BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE SOCIAL SCIENCES 1981 - present
Indexes over 3000 journals, books, chapters, and book reviews in the fields of economics, political science, sociology, and anthropology from more than 100 countries. Some full text is included.
Electronic Books (UCB-only access)
Chemical Information Resources
- Hazardous Substances Data Bank (National Library of Medicine)
Comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for about 5,000 chemicals. Includes data on human exposure, industrial hygiene, emergency handling procedures, environmental fate, regulatory requirements, properties, laboratory methods, and more. HSDB is designed to help answer the following typical questions:
- "What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?"
- "Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?"
- "Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?"
- "What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?"
- "What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?"
- Household Products Database (National Library of Medicine)
Links over 7,000 consumer brands to health effects, using MSDS information; allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients.
- MSDS Resources
A few web sources of MSDS information, from the University of California Office of the President. Try searching by chemical name, product name, and/or CAS number.
- Scorecard (Environmental Defense Fund)
Provides easy access to the EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) data. Profiles more than 11,000 chemicals, including all the chemicals used in large amounts in the United States and all the chemicals regulated under major environmental laws.
- TOXLINE (National Library of Medicine)
Indexes the toxicological literature; focuses on the biochemical, pharmacological, physiological, and toxicological effects of drugs and other chemicals.
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