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Public Administration

Guide to resources for government, public policy, and public administration.

Search the Langsdale Catalog

Search for Books, Videos and Journals owned by Langsdale.  You can also find books and articles from other libraries that can be delivered to Langsdale for you.

Suggested Websites

These may provide useful information or agencies or organizations who may be sources of information.

Finding Basics about Medical Conditions

Before you begin in-depth research on the medical condition you've chosen, it helps to learn the basics about it.  These resources can get you started.  Sometimes books are still helpful!

Physicians' desk reference (2005) (59th ed.). Montvale, NJ: Thomson. (Reference - 3rd floor, call number: RS 75 .P5 2005).

Leikin, J. B., & Lipsky, M. S. (Eds.). (2003). American Medical Association complete medical encyclopedia. New York: Random House. (Reference - 3rd floor, call number: RC81 .A2 A497 2003).

Harrison, T. R., & Braunwald, E. (2002). Harrison's manual of medicine. New York: McGraw-Hill Professional. Available online through NetLibrary :

Kazdin, L E. (Ed.). (2000). Encyclopedia of psychology (Vols. 1-8). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. (Reference - 3rd floor, call number: BF 31 .E523 2000.)

Professional guide to diseases (2009) (9th ed.). Springhouse, PA: Springhouse. (Reference - 1st floor, call number: RT 65 .P69 2009).

Wiener, I. B. (Ed.-in-Chief). (2003). Handbook of psychology (Vols. 1 - 12). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. (Reference - 3rd floor, call number: BF 121 .H1955 2003).

Finding Articles and Research on Health Topics

Health databases (this only includes selected databases based on topics; for more, see full list of Electronic Databases):

  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition [on-campus] [help]
    Coverage: 1990 - present. Searchable full-text for nearly 580 journals and abstracts and indexing for over 615 general health, nutrition and professional health care publications. Now includes Clinical Reference Systems
  • Medline [on-campus] [help]
    Coverage: 1966 – present. Indexes/abstracts more than 3,200 journals from the biomedical field.

Other related databases (business, education, public policy, psychology, etc):

  • Business Source Premier [on-campus] [help]
    Coverage: Varies– present. Business Source Premier provides full text for nearly 8,350 scholarly business journals and other sources, including full text for more than 1,100 scholarly business publications. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business. This database provides full text (PDF) for more than 350 of the top scholarly journals dating as far back as 1922.
  • ERIC (via EBSCO) [on-campus] [help]
    Coverage: 1966 - present. Indexes Current Journals in Education (CIJE) and Resources in Education (RIE).
  • Soc Index with full text(via EBSCO) [on-campus]
    This index features records on sociology themes, informative abstracts for more than 2000 journals dating back to 1895, extensive indexing for books, monographs, conference papers, and other sources.
  • PsycINFO [on-campus] [help]
    Coverage: 1887 – present. Indexes 1,300 Psychology journals from nearly 50 countries. Also includes abstracts for dissertations, books and book chapters. Same coverage as PsycLit.

  • Public Affairs Index [on-campus]
    Covers all aspects of national and global contemporary public policy issues.

Searching Tips

  1. Remember, most things in the medical field have two names: Common and Scientific.  Think about which one will get the best search results based on where you are searching.
  2. Try to make sure that when you search you have two key ideas.  For instance, a drug and a specific population of patients.
  3. Link key ideas with AND and like different keywords for the same idea with OR
  4. Try lots of different strategies.  Searching and finding information is a process, you need to try different combinations of keywords and look in a number of different places.
  5. Don't be afraid to go outside of the library.  The library is the easiest way to find peer reviewed articles in full text, but it's not the only source for reliable information.  You may need government statistics, or reports from not profit organizations depending on how your search develops.