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Anthropology 385SWR Global Health: Anthropological Approaches   Tags: anthropology, development, global_health, social_sciences  

Spring 2009, Dr. Peter Brown
Last Updated: Aug 2, 2013 URL: http://guides.main.library.emory.edu/global_health Print Guide

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What is a Scholarly Journal?

Many professors require students to use scholarly journal articles as resources when writing research papers. Scholarly journals contain articles written by scholars for scholars. Articles are reviewed by other scholars before they are published.  This is called peer review.   A scholarly journal article typically has information about authors, an abstract of the article, footnotes/bibliography and perhaps extensive statistics or charts. Authors often provide at least a brief review of the literature on the subject. Many databases allow you to restrict your searches to scholarly journals, sometimes called "refereed" journals.

Peabody Library of Vanderbilt University has produced a helpful video explaining how to identify a scholarly journal article.

 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search tool from Google, separate from its main search engine, with its own URL (http://scholar.google.com). Its purpose (says Google) is “to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.”

Google Scholar is an excellent resource BUT it does not always connect to Emory sources. A book or journal article may be in the library. Never purchase an item without checking. Remember you can also borrow items from other libraries for free.

Google Scholar's strengths are that it is multidisciplinary, easy to search and provides a quick way to locate articles which cite other articles.

TIPS for using Google Scholar

New! From GoogleScholar: Copy-and-paste formatted citations from search results.

Does APA, MLA and Chicago styles as of 11/2012.

 

Social Sciences/Public Policy Databases (scholarly articles & NGO and government reports)

Some of these databases focus on scholarly articles.  Others also include government and NGO reports and links to organizations. Don't forget you can also find great reports at the WHO and CDC websites.

 

Annual Reviews Online (literature reviews) Review articles (that review the existing literature on specific topics) in the areas of biomedical, physical and social sciences. This is a really great place to start your research. It includes fantastic bibliographies (usually of over 100 sources) that can lead you to related articles/books.

Global Health  Comprehensive, international coverage of the core public health literature as well as significant unique content (compared with the other mainstream health databases) particularly in the areas of tropical medicine, infectious diseases, vector control, food safety and epidemiology.

Web of Science (general)  Multidisciplinary database covering the top journals in science, social science, and the arts & humanities. GREAT database for anthro-related topics!

PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) International (general/public policy) Indexes books, periodicals and selected local, state, national, and international government documents in the areas of public policy, social policy and the social sciences.

ELDIS Gateway to Develoment Information (development) Includes research reports, working papers, discussion papers, conference papers, statistics, case studies, policy briefings, etc. related to development that concentrate on information covering countries in the Southern Hemisphere (also includes items on other regions if the information could be applied to Southern-based research). The editors select and abstract full-text online documents from more than 4,500 different publishers focusing on materials which are of strategic, policy or practical interest for development practitioners. The database includes country profiles as well as 30 subject-focused guides. All documents are available free of charge.

PSYCINFO (psychology)  Indexes journals, books, etc. in psychology and related disciplines,

Sociological Abstracts (sociology) Indexes sociology and sociological topics in anthropology, economics, education, medicine, community development, philosophy, demography, political science and social psychology.

Anthropology Plus (anthropology) Unites Harvard's "Anthropological Literature" and the Royal Anthropological Institute's (UK) "Anthropological Index". It indexes articles and essays in over 2500 journals and edited works on all aspects of anthropology and archaeology (in English and other European languages).

SEARCH TIP: Anthro Plus is a bit difficult to search -- it does not have abstracts (but does link to full-text) so when you search you are only searching article titles and a few keywords assigned to each article. THEREFORE, to get better results use general/broad search terms for your searches.  Also note that as the database is actually two databases, unless you go to ADVANCED search and change the RANK BY field, the results from the two databases will not interfile (and you may miss some good articles if you don't scroll to the middle of the results).

Environmental Sciences & Pollution Management Database (ESPM) multidisciplinary database for the environmental sciences. Topics include: ecology, human ecology, natural resource management, environmental management, global pollution issues, risk assessment, toxicology, water resources, and environmental and occupational health.

Women's Studies International  Covers the core disciplines in Women' Studies and the latest scholarship in feminist research. Includes sociology, history, political science & economy, public policy, international relations, arts & humanities, business and education. Sources include: journals, newspapers, newsletters, bulletins, books, book chapters, proceedings, reports, theses, dissertations, NGO studies, important websites & web documents, and grey literature.

POPLINE  focus on reproductive health, family planning, health policy, AIDS, environmental health, public health, and development.  Includes scholarly articles, published & unpublished reports,

HURISEARCH (Human Rights Information and Documentation System) Portal to quality human rights information on the web. A web research tool that increases the visibility of information published by human rights organizations, in particular small local organizations with first-hand information. Provides direct access to the content of over 3000 human rights websites and filters out the non-relevant content: only the pages from websites with a main focus on human rights are indexed. Includes over 50 languages. Includes health information.

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)  (NOTE: I FIND THIS DATABASE INCREDIBLY DIFFICULT TO SEARCH -- BUT THOUGHT I WOULD INCLUDE IT ANYWAY -- MAYBE YOU'LL HAVE BETTER LUCK THAN I DO!) Covers theory and research in international affairs in working papers, conference proceedings, journal abstracts, books, a schedule of events, policy briefs and economic indicators, links and resources, and maps and country data. Sources include university research institutes, NGOs (non-governmental organizations), and foundation-funded research projects.

 

Biomedical Databases

Medline (OVID version)
Indexes journals in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences.

Global Health comprehensive, international coverage of the core public health literature as well as significant unique content (compared with the other mainstream health databases) particularly in the areas of tropical medicine, infectious diseases, vector control, food safety and epidemiology.

Web of Science (general)  Multidisciplinary database covering science, social science, and the arts & humanities.

MDConsult  (GOOD FOR BACKGROUND INFO ON A DISEASE, ETIOLOGY, ETC...) a resource for physicians that brings together Medline journal articles, medical reference books, peer-reviewed practice guidelines, patient education, and drug information in one place.

Annual Reviews Online consists of review articles (that review the existing literature on specific topics) in the areas of biomedical, physical and social sciences. This is a really great place to start your research.  It includes fantastic bibliographies (usually of over 100 sources) that can lead  you to related articles/books. 

 

Area Studies Databases

These multidisciplinary databases focus on articles about specific regions. Some good ones are listed below.  Others are available via the drop-down "Find by subject" menu (choose "Area Studies") on the Databases webpage.

Africa-Wide: NiPAD (Africa -- primarily South Africa)

Bibliography of Asian Studies  (East, Southeast, and South Asia)

Amercian Bibliography of Slavic and East European Studies (ABSEES) (East Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union)

Hispanic American Periodicals Index (HAPI) (Latin America)

Index Islamicus (the Islamic world including the Middle East, main Muslim areas of Asia and Africa, and Muslim minorities elsewhere.)

 

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