Sheldon Margen Public Health Library,
UC Berkeley

Library Resources for the
Robert Wood Johnson
Health Policy Research Program Scholars

Presented by Michael Sholinbeck, Sept. 22, 2006

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Sheldon Margen Public Health Library Home Page

Reference Hours: M-F 10-12 and 2-5. You may drop in or call during these hours (510) 642-2511
Library Hours: M-Th 8-9 (Circulation Desk opens at 9), F 8-5 (Circulation Desk opens at 9), Sa 9-5, Su 9-1

Off-Campus Access:
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Online Indexes and Databases (Public Health Library): An alphabetical list of online bibliographic databases useful for Public Health research. Several of these are listed below, however some of the items below are not on this list....

Use UC-eLinks from many of these databases to access full text online, to retrieve records from Melvyl catalog, and to request items not available on campus by utilizing inter-library borrowing.
Getting Started with UC-eLinks

Many electronic resources are governed by license agreements that restrict access to UC Berkeley students, faculty or staff, or anyone using a computer in the UC libraries. It is the responsibility of individual users to ensure that these resources are used for personal and/or educational non-commercial purposes without systematically downloading, distributing, printing, or retaining substantial portions of the information.

PubMed for UCB (1950 to present) Use PubMed to find journal articles on all medical/health topics. PubMed currently has over 16,000,000 citations.


Melvyl is the catalog of the University of California system. It also includes materials from the California State Library, Hastings College of the Law, the California Academy of Sciences, the California Historical Society, the Center for Research Libraries, the Graduate Theological Union, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Items from non-UCB locations may be obtained by using inter-library borrowing servcies. In a Melvyl record, click on the button request button.

Melvyl Guide (pdf file)
Melvyl - Intermediate Level Guide
Mevyl - Advanced Level Guide (pdf file)

PsycINFO (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) Citations in psychology and related disciplines

PsycINFO Advanced Search Guide (pdf file)
PsycINFO - Factsheet

Sociological Abstracts (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students)

Sociological Abstracts Search Guide

National Criminal Justice Reference Services Abstracts Database The NCJRS database has summaries of more than 185,000 criminal justice publications, including government reports, books, journal articles, and unpublished research reports. Includes several public health topics, such as violence and abuse, alcohol and drugs, HIV/AIDS, and more. Includes a browsable alphabetical subject list. NCJRS also has a searchable database of over 7,000 full text publications from various government agencies.

Social Work Abstracts (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) The Social Work Abstracts database contains more records from social work and other related journals on topics such as homelessness, AIDS, child and family welfare, aging, substance abuse, legislation, community organization, and more.

CORK: A Database of Substance Abuse Information (Office of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Programs, Vermont Department of Health) The CORK database is an interdiscipliary collection of selected journal articles, books, book chapters, and "grey" literature on alcoholism and substance abuse of interest to health care professionals and health educators. Basic and advanced search modes are available.

PolicyFile (1990-present) (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) Indexes and abstracts public policy literature from think tanks, university research programs, research organizations and publishers. The database can be browsed by primary contributor or subject, and all abstracts have been linked to home pages, electronic mail addresses and full text documents, where available. Specific themes include but are not limited to Health Policy and Health Care Reform, Human Rights, Immigration, Science and Technology Policy, and Urban Policy.

PAIS International and PAIS Archive (1937-present) (Access limited to UC faculty, staff and students) The PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International database includes topics such as health policy, public health, health planning, social policy, and health services. The database is updated monthly and indexes journal articles, books, statistical directories, conference reports, and government reports from over 120 countries.

EconLit (1969 to present) (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) The most comprehensive index to scholarly journal articles in economics. It also lists books and dissertations, and indexes articles within collective works (books consisting of collections of essays or individual papers).

LegalTrac (1980-present) (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) This database can be used to research government regulations, international law, and case law. It is particularly useful for researching policy issues. It provides access to major law reviews, and specialty law and bar association journals. Some full text is available.

Anthropology Plus (19th c. to present) (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) Anthropology Plus provides extensive worldwide indexing of journal articles, reports, commentaries, edited works, and obituaries in the fields of social, cultural, physical, biological, and linguistic anthropology, ethnology, archaeology, folklore, material culture, and interdisciplinary studies.

Geography (1990-present) (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) Indexing and abstracts covering the international literature in physical and human geography, as well as international development issues, providing access to information from over 2000 journals, monographs, books, conference proceedings reports, and theses.

America: History and Life (1964 to present) (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) Indexes over 2,000 journals published worldwide on the history of the US and Canada from prehistory to the present. Includes all key English-language historical journals; selected historical journals from major countries, state, and local history journals; and a targeted selection of hundreds of journals in the social sciences and humanities.

Web of Science (1900 to present) (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students. Please when you are done using Web of Science) Indexes over 8,000 of the leading journals in the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences, providing searching of footnoted citations. Includes the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index, and Social Sciences Citation Index.

How to Do a Cited Reference Search
Web of Science Tutorial

Public Health Resources on the Internet (from the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library - topics include alcohol/drugs, health care planning/evaluation, environmental health, etc.)

Includes many "grey literature" resources, such as:
  • RAND Focus areas include child policy, environment and energy, health, international policy, population and regional studies, and social welfare.
  • Grey Literature Report Regularly updated listing of grey literature in all health and medical topics
Include sources of data, such as:
  • California Health Interview Survey, the largest state health survey in the United States. It is a telephone survey conducted every two years on public health topics and access to health care. The web site contains the questionnaires, data files, and AskCHIS, an online data query system. (Requires one-time, free registration).
  • Sociometrics Social Science Electronic Data Library (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) A collection of more than 200 health and social science data sets covering a range of topics including AIDS, the disabled, the American family, aging, maternal drug use, child poverty, and alternative medicine. Also includes several teaching modules intended to demonstrate social science theories, concepts and hypothesis testing.
  • Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research: Social Science Data and Resources for Researchers (Access limited to UCB faculty, staff and students) ICPSR supplies data files for use with statistical software, such as SAS, SPSS, and Stata. After free registration, UCB staff, students, and faculty have access to downloadable data.

PapersFirst and Proceedings provide access to meeting/conference literature. Some of the databases/indexes listed above also include conference abstracts, but PubMed does not. Another useful source for meeting abstracts is NLM Gateway (mostly on HIV/AIDS and Health Services Research).

Dissertations (UCB Public Health Library) Access to UC dissertations online, as well as the online version of Dissertation Abstracts. UC disserations from 1996 to present are online in full. Non-UC dissertations may have abstract, summary, and/or first 24 pages online.

Some good ways to keep current on research in your field include using PubMed's My NCBI, CSA Alerts, or Web of Science Alerts. All will send you e-mail updates of saved searches.

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Last updated 09/20/06.