HE 435: Community Health

This guide is specifically designed for the Health Studies course HE435 - Promoting Health in Communities

Finding Articles

To find research studies on health promotion, and improvement in lifestyles, you will need to consult our Research Databases for scholarly journal articles.  Below are some suggestions for databases that will be most helpful to you for the Community Assessment and Interventions papers in HE435.

The articles you find will be general items on your topic, not specific to your community. You may also try to find information in your local newspaper online.

Search tip: search using keywords for your topic and target group (e.g. nutrition and children, smoking cessation and adults)

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Tips for Using Google Scholar

Google Scholar searches articles, books, theses, and other content. Searching Google Scholar is easy, but it doesn't give you the ability to filter to peer-reviewed journal articles.

If you need to be sure the article you found is from a peer-reviewed journal, use Ulrichsweb as described in the box below.

Always access Google Scholar from the link above or the "Resources" list on the front page of the library website. When you use these links, your MU credentials will be authenticated, giving you access to library resources found in Google Scholar. Look for the "Full-Text @ MU Library" link in your results list. You can also click on the Google Scholar logo above to search using your MU credentials.

One useful feature of Google Scholar is the ability to find articles that have cited an article you already have. See the handout below for more information.

Check for Peer-Review

Not sure if a particular journal is peer-reviewed? Check out Ulrichsweb. This database (also found in the A-Z database list from "Quick Links" on the library website) provides detailed information on publications. Look for the referee icon to indicate it is a peer-reviewed journal.

The black and white “ref jersey” icon in the screenshot below indicates that Higher Education is a peer-reviewed journal, but Education Week is not.