The information resources and service that you became accustomed to using while pursuing your public health training may not be freely available. Leverage the materials that are freely available to you as an employee, an association member, an alumnus/ae or a taxpayer. Contact the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) Staff for support with exploring any of the options and resources mentioned below, or other questions you might have.
Additional literature resources including Journal Article Databases, Individual Journal Titles, and Reports and Other Publications, are available on the PHPartners.org Literature and Guidelines page.
Links to open access full text of 130+ journals that fit into a loose classification of public health. This multinational collection includes journals in a variety of languages.
Online digital library of education research and information. (Department of Education (ED) USA)
(Lamar Soutter Library, University of Massachusetts Medical School)
PMC, formerly PubMed Central, is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). (National Library of Medicine (NLM) U.S.)
Search or browse by title or author in one of five categories: Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Family Science, Health Services Administration, Kinesiology, or Public and Community Health. (University of Maryland)
Search for the author's institution or browse the 100 repositories in the Health and Medicine subject area. (Centre for Research Communications, University of Nottingham)
Scholars may contribute their papers to institutional repositories. Also search for their individual faculty pages which may provide access to the full text of papers.
Funders will often support thematic special issues or supplements on a particular topic to make them available freely. (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF))
See issues marked "Free Access." March/April 2007 - Volume 13- Issue 2 on public health finance and July/August 2007 - Volume 13 - Issue 4 on public health accreditation were sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). However, other issues in other publications sponsored by RWJF are not open access. (Journal of Public Health Management and Practice)
An example of a school of public health's alumni services page that talks about library resource access. Your school may have a similar web page.
The list of accredited Schools of Public Health and Public Health Programs contains the website for each school. See if your school has special benefits for alumni by checking the public health program site or going directly to the academic library site.
Current two years are free for members/subscribers only. Older issues are available free online in PubMedCentral. Be sure to activate the online access for the subscriptions to which you are entitled.
Be sure to activate the online access for the subscriptions to which you are entitled. Other related publications may be offered at discounted rates. (Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE))
Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) provide continuing education based on the recent literature. Many AHECs also have libraries or resource centers.
The USF AHEC Program provides free library services to health care providers working with the medically underserved in Charlotte, Citrus, DeSoto, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, Pinellas, Manatee and Sarasota counties. These services include interlibrary loan of journal articles and loan of AHEC-owned books and other materials and ability to access the USF Health Science Center Library electronic resources
The collection, which is organized according to major subjects, contains more than one hundred books on medicine and public health. Blue Trunk Libraries are available in English, French, Portuguese, and Arabic. (World Health Organization (WHO))
Global and regional indexes tot he scientific and technical literature. Many of the articles found in searches are free online such as those in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. (World Health Organization (WHO))
The HINARI Programme, set up by WHO together with major publishers, enables developing countries to gain access to one of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. Over 6200 journal titles are available to health institutions in 108 countries, areas and territories. (World Health Organization (WHO))
Academic libraries generally are included in WorldCat or have their own online catalog on their website. State university or community college libraries are usually open to the public living or working within that state. Look for a community college with health training programs. Those with EMS Training Programs may have disaster preparedness journals, for example. Most libraries have print subscriptions or license electronic journals to allow on site use. Friends of the Library memberships may be available for a reasonable charge and may allow you to check out materials or receive other information services.
Searchable directory of a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. The directory can be searched by state, type of library, and by services offered to the public including reference services, database search training, and delivery of full text journal articles. (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))
Law librarians are experts in finding legal information to support policy making and cases. Law libraries are often open to the public for legal research. Use of resources such as Lexis-Nexis and Westlaw is generally restricted, but a wealth of other information in environmental and occupational health, infectious disease control, animal control and other topics with legal components is available.
This website provides links to international, U.S. government, state and local public health libraries, and to libraries from schools of public health. (Medical Library Association, Public Health/Health Administration Section)
Your regional medical library can help you locate any type of library of figure out what options you have to efficiently find access to the information you need. The NN/LM also provides training on how to use information resources such as PubMed.
Public library subscriptions and services may include remote access to collections of full-text journals and newspaper articles. Interlibrary loan may be available at no charge or a minimal cost. Library cards are generally available to those who live or work in the jurisdiction at no charge.
State agency libraries may be designated to serve state public health workers. If not, they should at least be open to state residents. State libraries work with public libraries to ensure access to resources for users statewide. Find your state library.
See what libraries closest to you own the journal you need, just search on the title and include your zip code - one may be close enough to visit in person to print or copy the article. If not, follow the web links to the owning library to see if document delivery services are offered for a fee. Note: Most hospital libraries do not appear in Worldcat.org, so you may need to call your closest hospital library to see if they have what you need.
Example of library services available to voluntary faculty involved in teaching health professional students. Maintain an adjunct faculty role or offer to precept students. The students will have remote access to the university resources, and the academic institution may also be able to provide resources or services to you as a preceptor depending on their licensing arrangements. (University of South Florida (USF))
Arrangements may be made with a health sciences library to provide specific materials you request for a pre-arranged, per-item fee. Prices may be very low, or even free, when ordering from a library mandated to serve health workers in their area. (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))
Learn how to order full-text articles through a local health sciences library. (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))
This is one example of an AHEC that offers digital library memberships for individual practitioners. Check the Area Health Education Centers Directory to find your local AHEC and to see if they offer library memberships.
Most journals are available as either individual or institutional subscriptions. If you purchase the journal with organizational funds and intend for it to be used by multiple staff, then you should purchase an institutional subscription. Institutional subscriptions often allow you to set up online access using your organization's IP addresses so that all on the organization's network may access the publication. You may also buy individual articles on a pay per view or pay per download model.