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Resource Spotlight: Global Health

17 January 2019 - 11:35am by Caitlin Meyer


Welcome to Resource Spotlight! The Cushing/Whitney Medical Library provides access to an incredible array of databases, e-book collections, software and more. In this series of posts, we’ll be showcasing highlights from our collection.

In this edition of Resource Spotlight, we’ll be looking at Global Health. Produced by CABI, an international not-for-profit organization focused on solving problems in agriculture and the environment, Global Health is the premier resource for public health information. 

Global Health aims to comprehensively cover public health-oriented topics including biomedical life sciences, chronic diseases, disease diagnosis and therapy, environmental and occupational health, epidemiology and biostatistics, health promotion and wellness, health systems, infectious and vector-borne diseases, nutrition, public health emergencies, tropical and international health, and more. 

Though PubMed and Embase may be the go-to resources for a lot of biomedical research, Global Health offers access to thousands of journals that are indexed in neither database. Furthermore, Global Health includes international publications and grey literature sources (proceedings, theses, reports, electronic-only publications), meaning researchers are able to access information on an issue from many perspectives and publication types. 

Finally, another distinguishing characteristic of Global Health is its editorial policies. Entrance into the database is governed by subject specialists who select relevant papers. Publications from more than 100 countries are reviewed for inclusion, and non-English papers deemed relevant are translated to broaden access to that research. 

At Yale, you can access Global Health through the OvidSP platform. Ovid offers an intuitive search experience that lets you build complex literature searches line by line. You also can save searches and set up automated email alerts, so you can stay up to date on a topic with relatively little work.

For questions on how to best use Global Health, please contact Kate Nyhan