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HS 325: Introduction to Global Health

Where is the Article?

Are you only finding an article abstract but not the full-text of the article? Not to worry, the will lead you to the full-text of the article.

Integrated into many BU journal databases, the Find@BU button will help you get to the article in one of three ways:

  1. If BU has the full-text of the article through an online journal subscription, you will see a link that will take you directly to the article or the online journal.
  2. If BU subscribes to the print journal in which the article appeared, you will see information about which BU Library carries the print volumes, and the call number of the title.
  3. IF BU does not subscribe to either a print or online version of a journal, you will be given an option to get the article from another article. A link will take you to our interlibrary loan request form. Once you fill out this form, you will receive a pdf copy of the article within 48 hours of your request.

Journal Databases: Health Sciences

The following databases are key sources of health science journals.

Journal Databases: Social Sciences

The study of global health often involves other disciplines beyond the health sciences. It may be helpful to search social science databases to find articles that cover public policy and cultural issues surrounding global health issues.

Finding Database Keywords

Here are some suggested steps for finding and using keywords for a database search:

  1. State your topic in the form of a question. For example: In South Africa, what are effective interventions for preventing transmission of HIV from mother to child?
  2. Break down your question into keywords. For example: South Africa, HIV, transmission, Infants
  3. Run these keywords in the database of your choice.  Here is an example of a search in CINAHL:







4. Look over the abstracts of the articles you are finding. What keywords are you seeing in the abstracts? You may want to incorporate these keywords into your search.

Health Sciences Librarian

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Kate Silfen
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Example of a Database Search: Embase