Public Health Databases

AGRICOLA   UCB access only
1970 - present

Covers books and journal articles, with many state agricultural and USDA publications being added from the early 1900s. Subjects include agriculture, agricultural economics, animal science, entomology, horticulture, nutrition, plant diseases, and soil science. Lists all the holdings at the National Agricultural Library, including audiovisual materials.
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BIOSIS Previews   UCB access only
1926 - present

Indexes over 6,000 journals, books, and conference proceedings on a wide variety of biological and biomedical topics. Includes citations from Biological Abstracts and Biological Abstracts/RRM.

Business Source Complete   UCB access only
1965 - present

Covers nearly every area of business including management, economics, finance, accounting, international business, and marketing. Provides full text for more than 7,400 scholarly business journals and other sources, including nearly 1,100 peer-reviewed business publications. Contains full text Datamonitor reports on companies and industries in all fields, including the sciences and engineering.
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CAB Abstracts   UCB access only
1910 - present

Indexes books, journals, conference proceedings, reports, and other sources from the agricultural literature and from more than 100 countries. Covers topics such as biodiversity, biotechnology, pest control, environmental pollution, animal science, nutrition and food technology, crop production, natural resources, forestry, environmental policy, and rural development. A new archive of literature from 1910 - 1972 has just been added, combining 17 printed abstracts into a single database. (The material previously accessible through TREECD is included in the CAB Abstracts Archive.)
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The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, clinical trials, and more. Current issue is UCB access only.

1981 - present

Indexes over 6,000 journals, conference proceedings, reports, monographs, books, and government publications covering agricultural biotechnology, air quality, aquatic pollution, bacteriology, ecology, energy resources, environmental biotechnology, environmental engineering, environmental impact statements, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, microbiology, pollution, risk assessment, safety science, toxicology, water pollution, waste management, and water resource issues. Includes Environmental Engineering Abstracts (1990 - present) and Water Resources Abstracts (1967 - present).
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ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) / U.S. Department of Education
Public health
Varies - see description

ERIC provides access to educational literature, including school health, health promotion, and other public health topics. Sources include journals, books, conferences and meetings, reports, theses/dissertations, and audiovisual media. Also includes materials on tests, measurement, and evaluation.
ERIC via ProQuest (1966 to present) Note: Access limited to UC faculty, staff, and students.
ERIC via Institute of Education Science (U.S. Department of Education; 1966 to present; some full-text 1993 to present)

Faculty of 1000  UCB access only

Highlights and reviews the most pertinent papers published in the biological sciences and medicine, based on the recommendations of an international faculty of well over 10,000 researchers.

Global Health   UCB access only
1973 - present

Indexes over 5,000 journals, books, reports, conference proceedings, patents, theses, and electronic only publications. Topics include environmental and occupational health, food safety and hygiene, infectious diseases, medical microbiology, nutrition, public health, toxicology, zoonoses, and more.

GreenFile   UCB access only
1941 - present

Provides access to scholarly, government, and popular articles on environmental issues including green building, renewable energy, pollution, recycling, sustainable agriculture, and more. Full text is available for some titles.

Public health

HSTAT is a "free, Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health-care decision making." It includes evidence reports and technical reviews from the AHRQ, protocols from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), and more. From the National Library of Medicine.

Public health

IndexCat is the online counterpart of the Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office, 1880-1961. IndexCat has more than 3.7 million references to monographs, dissertations, journal articles, and more. Journal articles were included in Series 1-4, but not in Series 5 (1959-1961). IndexCat is a linked, hierarchical structure. Each IndexCat record is linked to at least one other record. You can view and browse records in the dictionary arrangement of the original printed catalogue and it is possible to use a record retrieved from one search and view items indexed to another subject heading without invoking a new search.
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Public health
1982 - present

Produced by the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information, LILACS covers literature related to the health sciences that has been published in Latin American countries. Contains citations from journals, theses, chapters of theses, books, chapters of books, congress and conference proceedings, technical and scientific reports and governmental publications. This site also provides access to other databases of the Virtual Health Library, such as Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences, Literature on Adolescence Health, Latin American and Caribbean Basic Health Legislation, and more.

MICROMEDEX Healthcare Series   UCB access only
1974 - present

A search interface of several databases with referenced information about drugs, toxicology, diseases, acute care, and alternative medicine.

Public health

The NCJRS database has summaries of 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 thousands of full text publications from various government agencies.

Natural Standard   UCB access only

Natural Standard is an international research collaboration that aggregates and synthesizes data on complementary and alternative medical therapies, such as herbs and dietary supplements. Information presented is evidence-based, consensus-based, and peer-reviewed. Natural Standard is a full-text source, and contains additional references to the primary literature.

PAIS   UCB access only
1914 - present

The PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International database covers public policy, politics, economics, and social issues worldwide, including 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.

Public health

Contains 300,000 citations with abstracts to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished reports related to population, family planning, and related health issues.

1840 - current

Indexes over 1,300 journals, conference proceedings, books, reports, and dissertations in psychology and enriched with literature from psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work.
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PubMed   UCB access only
1947 - current

Access to citations from MEDLINE, PreMEDLINE, other journals in the field of medicine and life sciences, and links to NCBI's integrated molecular biology databases including nucleotide sequences, protein sequences, 3-D protein structure data, population study data sets, and assemblies of complete genomes in an integrated system.

SciFinder Scholar/Chemical Abstracts   UCB access only
1907 - present

Indexes over 9,000 journals, patents, conferences, books, technical reports, and dissertations related to chemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, and the biomedical sciences.
Use is restricted to current UC faculty, staff, and students.

1940 - current

SciTech Connect includes technical reports, bibliographic citations, journal articles, conference papers, books, multimedia, and data information sponsored by the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessors, the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). Includes citations from Nuclear Science Abstracts. SciTech Connect contains all the full-text documents and citations previously found in Information Bridge and Energy Citations Database.

1969 - present

Contains more than 62,000 abstracts of journal articles, books and book chapters, dissertations, reports, conference proceedings and conference papers, government documents, policy or legal documents, editorials, letters, and comments on articles related to the scientific, medical, technical, policy, behavioral, legal, and historical literature related to smoking and tobacco use and its effect on health.

Sociological Abstracts   UCB access only
1952 - present

The primary database for the literature in sociology; covers demography, education, law, social psychology, and sociology. Sources include journals, books, conferences and meetings, and dissertations. Sociological Abstracts Guide

TOXLINE   UCB access only
Last 5 years plus current year

Indexes journals, monographs, technical reports, theses, letters, meeting abstracts, conference papers, and reports in all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants, and mutagens and teratogens. Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, information is drawn from a number of sources including Toxicity Bibliography and Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology.

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