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HHS 470/570: Information Science and Ethics

This guide provides additional research resources for students enrolled in HHS 470/HHS 570.

What Is Peer-Review?

What is peer-review? Watch this video and find out.

Find journals in your subject area using BrowZine

Some recommended journal titles include: 

  • Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law
  • Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics
  • Medical Law Review
  • Health Economics, Policy and Law
  • Journal of Health & Social Policy
  • Drug Science, Policy and Law

Searching Tips

1. How do I search for my topic?

  • Identify the keywords of your topic and use those as your search words
  • Each article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make them searchable - you want your search words to match those tags
  • Words like factors, effects, issues, relationships are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words

Example: Your topic is: access to health care in prisons

 Summon Search: "health care" (prison* OR incarcerat*)

  • "health care" searches for health care as a phrase, not separate words (health AND care)
  • prison* searches for all variations of this word (prison, prisons, prisoner, prisoners)
  • incarcerat* searches for all variations of this word (incarcerated, incarceration)
  • (prison* OR incarcerat*) searches for either of these terms

2. How do I focus the search hits to meet my assignment requirements?

  • Use Refine Your Search in Summon to focus your search hits to just peer-reviewed articles
  • Peer-reviewed articles:
    • Click on Peer Review 
    • Under Content Type, click on Journal article
  • Current/Recent articles:
    • Under Publication Date, move the scroll bar over to 2006 to present
  • ​Articles with a Public Health Perspective and/or a Law Perspective
    • Under Discipline. click on Public Health and/or Law
  • Articles with a Policy perspective and/or a Legal perspecive
    • Under Subject Terms, click on subjects like health policy & services, health policy and/or laws, regulations & rules. 

3. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them?

  • Add "United States" to your search to focus your search hits to articles about the United States
  • Look through the Subject Terms in the Refine Your Search sidebar and click on the subjects that interest you
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags 
    • Add any relevant tags to your search
    • This will also help you develop your research questions and search for articles about your specific research questions 
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