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About Global Health

Global Health contains information from journals, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, patents, theses and electronic only publications from more than 150 countries, going back to 1912. A significant proportion of this material is unique to Global Health. Subject coverage includes international health, biomedical life sciences, communicable and non-communicable diseases, public health nutrition, food safety and hygiene, occupational health, toxicology, health services, and maternal/child health. This database offers global coverage of both the developing and developed world with items in over 50 languages translated into English.


Use the search boxes and operators (and, or, not) to create your search. Add more rows (fields) if necessary. Be sure that the field selected matches the type of search you want. Some of the search field available to use are topic, title, author, publication, and year published. For more precise searching, use the features described in the sections below.

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Viewing Search Results

The articles, books, etc. found from your search display in the center of the Results page. The article title link takes you to the complete citation.

Preview Icon   Place your mouse over the Preview icon to view the abstract, as well as see options to view the complete citation, move the citation to a folder, and access UC-eLinks. The complete citation view provides the option to print, save, e-mail, or export the citation. You will also see Subject Terms, CABICODES, and more — clicking these links runs a new search on the selected term only.

bookmark this page   You will also be able to bookmark the item using Delicious, Facebook, Furl, Google Bookmarks, and numerous other applications.

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The default sort is date. You can change the sort of any Result List by using the Sort by: drop down menu. Sort options are date, author, source, and relevance. If you sort by relevance, the Result List will now include a Relevancy Indicator that tells you how relevant each article is, based on your search terms. In addition, citations in a Result List may include image previews, if available.

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Truncation, Wild Card, and Phrase Searching

Use the wildcard and truncation symbols to create searches where there are unknown characters, multiple spellings or various endings. Neither the wildcard nor the truncation symbol can be used as the first character in a search term.

The wildcard is represented by a question mark ?. To use the wildcard, enter your search terms and replace each unknown character with a ?. For example, type wom?n to find all citations containing woman or women. Note: When searching for a title that ends in a question mark, the symbol should be removed from the search in order to ensure results will be returned.

Truncation is represented by an asterisk *. To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an *. For example, type smok* to find the words smoke, smoker, smokers, smoking, etc.

Typically, when a phrase is enclosed by double quotations marks, the exact phrase is searched. For example, type "social marketing" to search for that phrase. Phrases with stop words (which includes articles, prepositions, conjunctions, and other common words) can not be searched, even if it is enclosed in double quotation marks, e.g., "war and peace".


Limiters let you narrow the focus of your search so that the information retrieved is limited according to the values you select. You can use more than one limiter at a time. Limiters include:

Many limiters are indexed, so you can browse the indexes for those terms, if desired. Note: It is recommended that you do NOT use the Linked Full Text limiter: UC-eLinks is a much better tool for finding the full text online.

Subject (Descriptor) Searching

Use the thesaurus to find subject terms (descriptors) for your concept. Click Thesaurus, located near the top left of the window. Enter a term in the "Browsing: CAB Thesaurus" box. Select either Term Begins With, Term Contains, or Relevancy Ranked to determine how your descriptor search result is displayed and click Browse. You will see your term, if it is indeed a descriptor. You may also see other suggested terms (labeled "Use [term]"). If your term is not a descriptor, you will be presented a list of terms with an explanatory note.

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Clicking on a term will display broader, related, and (possibly) narrower terms which can be useful to refine your search. Check the Explode box if you wish to search on your term combined with all narrower terms. Click on Add to add your term to the search box. When you are done adding terms, click Search.

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Using the Indexes

Browse a list of indexes to view possible entries for the various citation fields. Click Indexes near the top left of the window. Make a selection in the Browse an Index menu. You may wish to browse author affiliation, language, publication name, subjects geographic, subjects organisms, CABICODES, or others. Once you have selected an index, enter a term in the Browse for box and click Browse. You will see a list of terms below. Browsing for terms may be useful to preview how many items in the database match that term.

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CABICODES are classification codes that indicate the broad subject areas covered by source documents. Using these terms in a search brings back citations that may not be easy to retrieve using descriptors alone. Every record in Global Health has at least one CABICODE. When using CABICODES, it is best to use them in conjunction with subject or other terms. There are about 250 CABICODES; any CABICODE listed here as "Discontinued" may still be used to retrieve citations dated prior to the discontinuation.

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Combining Searches

You can easily combine two or more searches:

  1. Click on the Search History/Alerts link under the search boxes. The small green triangle under the search boxes will now orient downwards, indicating the Search History/Alerts are viewable.
    open/close search history view

  2. Clear your search boxes by clicking the Clear button.

  3. Check the box to the left of any two or more of your previous searches.

  4. Make a selection (and, or, or not) in the Combine searches with: menu.

  5. Click the Add button.

  6. Click Search. You will see the new search under the Search Terms column. You can either scroll down to see the results or click on the Search History/Alerts link to remove the history list from the view.

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Narrowing your Search Results

The main search results page in Global Health will have a Narrow Results by column on the left side. Clicking on the More link there will open a call-out with additional choices. Click on one of the links to conduct a search with this term added to your original term.

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Click on the Preferences link under the search boxes to customize, for the current session only, the look of the interface. If you wish to save these preferences across sessions, see the section below on Customizing Global Health.

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Finding Full Text

UC-eLinks icon
Use the UC-eLinks button to:

All citations in your search result will have the UC-eLinks icon visible.

Customizing Global Health

Create an EBSCOhost account to take advantage of special features like creating search alerts, custom folders, and more.

  1. Click the Sign In to My EBSCOhost link at the top of the window.

  2. To register for the first time, click I'm a new user.

  3. Fill in all the fields to create your account.

  4. Click Submit.

Saving Citations in a Folder

To collect several articles, click the Add to folder link at the bottom of each citation. To add all items on a page to your folder, click Add (1-10) at the top of the results; result numbers to be added will change as you page through the list of results. As you add the articles to the folder, you can click the Folder icon (top right of window), or the Go to: Folder View link (to the right of your search results) and review which items have been added. You can then print, e-mail, export, or save many results all at the same time. If you have signed in via My EBSCOhost, any search results that you collect in your folder will be automatically saved at the end of the session. Once signed in you can also create custom folders and share folders.

The Custom folder feature provides the ability to create numerous folders, each on a particular topic, for example, in which search results can be sorted and stored. You can customize the name of each folder and determine which folders nest within other folders. Create as many levels of folders and sub-folders as you like. However, only four levels of folders and sub-folders are displayed. Any folders below that will display at level four. To create a new custom folder:

  1. Make sure you are signed in to My EBSCOhost.

  2. Click the Folder icon. My Folder is displayed.

  3. Click the New link to the right of the My Custom link. The Create New Folder Screen displays.

  4. In the Folder Name field, enter a name for the folder; up to 40 characters.

  5. Click Save.

  6. To create a sub-folder, click the New link to the right of My Custom.

  7. In the Folder Name field, enter a name for the folder; up to 40 characters.

  8. In the Move Folder To menu, select the folder to be the "parent" of the new folder.

  9. Click Save.

The Shared Folder feature lets you add articles to your custom folders and share them with other users such as colleagues or fellow students. You must be signed into My EBSCOhost to access custom or shared folders. In order to share a folder, it must be at the "top level" of the folders. If you have multiple levels of folders, the sub-folders must be shared individually, not as part of the "parent" folder. Recipients must have EBSCOhost access to share the folder. To share a custom folder:

  1. Make sure you are signed in to My EBSCOhost.

  2. Run a search, and save one or more articles or saved searches to a custom folder that you previously created.

  3. From the Folders Screen, click the Share link below the folder name. The Sharing Options screen displays.

  4. Enter the e-mail addresses of the people with whom you want to share the folder.

    Subject: you can accept the default message or enter a new one
    Message: you can enter a personal message or leave this field blank
    E-mail Format: you can send your e-mail message in either plain text or HTML format

    Restrict Passcode to Single Use: included in the e-mail sent to the people you are sharing the folder with, will be a "passcode" that lets the recipient access your folder. By marking the "Restrict Passcode to Single Use" check box, each user will be sent a different passcode that can only be used once. For security reasons, you may wish to send each user a different passcode; the alternative is that all users are sent the same passcode.

  5. Click Invite. An e-mail message is sent to each recipient that a shared folder is available.

Printing, Saving, E-mailing, and Exporting

When viewing a citation, you will see icons for printing, e-mailing, saving as a file, citing, exporting, or adding item to a folder.

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To print, click the Print icon, then make selections for fields to print and citation style. Click the [Estimate Number Of Pages] to have Global Health estimate the number of pages the printout will be.

To e-mail the citation, click the E-mail icon and make your selections in the E-mail manager screen.

Clicking the Save icon will give you various options to save the citation(s) as a file.

Clicking the Cite icon will show you your citation in all the available formats. You may then copy and paste the desired citation onto a Word document or other file.

Click the Export icon to export the citation(s) to EndNote, RefWorks, or other bibliographic management software. Click the Save button once you have made your selection, then either logon to RefWorks or locate your EndNote library.

Saving Searches as E-mail Alerts or RSS Feeds

You can save advanced searches as alerts and have Global Health via EBSCOhost e-mail you with any new results:

  1. Run a search and view your search results.

  2. Click the Search History/Alerts link.

  3. Click the Save Searches/Alerts link. The Save Search Alert Screen appears. If you have not already signed in your personal account, you will be prompted to do so.

  4. On the Save Search Alert Screen, enter a Name and Description (If desired) for the Alert.

  5. To save the search as an Alert that can be automatically run, click the Alert radio button. Options for frequency, publication date, and duration appear; make your desired selections.

  6. Select the Alert results format: Brief, Detailed, or Bibliographic Manager.

  7. Indicate how you would like to be notified. You can choose RSS here, but there is an easier option for this (see below).

  8. Enter your E-mail Address. If you are entering multiple e-mail addresses, place a semicolon between each e-mail address.

  9. Hide addresses from recipients: if you select this option, the e-mail addresses you enter will be placed into the BCC (Blind Copy) field of the e-mail, rather than the To field.

  10. In the Subject field, enter a brief explanation that will appear in the subject line of the Alert e-mail.

  11. Title: you can optionally enter a title for the e-mail. The default value for the Title field is: EBSCOhost Alert Notification.

  12. E-mail [From] address: Defaults to: EPAlerts@EPNET.COM. You can enter a different From e-mail address if desired.

  13. Select the E-mail format to use: Plain Text or HTML.

  14. To have your search string included with your results, mark the Include query string in results checkbox. To include the alert frequency, mark the frequency checkbox.

  15. Click Save.

Global Health via EBSCO offers a very quick RSS process:

  1. Run a search and view your search results.

  2. In the center of the Result List Screen, you will see Results for: [your search terms].

  3. RSS Click on the RSS icon. A window will pop open labeled Your alert has been created.

  4. Click on the Syndication Feed: URL to open your RSS newsreader, or copy the URL into your newsreader.

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