Useful databases for epidemiological articles and statistics

WHO: World Health Organization

What is it?
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations System. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
How do I use it?
Use the "Countries" Tab, the "Data and Statistics" Tab, "Health Topics" Tab, or search for your topic using the site's search function

Kaiser Global Health

What is it?
An online clearinghouse for the latest data and information on the U.S. role in global health. It brings together original policy analysis and research from the Kaiser Family Foundation (not associated with Kaiser Permanente), 
How do I use it?
Select "Our Work", look in the "FACTS" section, and select "Global Health Facts" to compile data by country, topic, or create a custom data sheet. Also, access Kaiser Slides regarding Global Health Facts by selecting "Our Work", look in the "FACTS" section and select "Kaiser Slides", click the "Global Health Policy" link on the right. 

Centers for Disease Control- WONDER

What is it?
Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiologic Research. Acess statistical research data published by CDC, as well as reference materials, reports and guidelines on health-related topics, query numeric data sets.
How do I use it?
Use "Topics" tab or the "A to Z index" tab to locate your topic of interest.

Pan American Health Organization

What is it?
An international public health agency serving as the specialized organization for health of the Inter-American System. It also serves as the World Health Organization's Regional Office for the Americas, and enjoys international recognition as part of the United Nations system. 
How do I use it? Use "Health Topics," "Data and Statistics," and "Publications.

RAND State Statistics

What is it?
This database contains information on California and U.S. public policy issues.
How do I use it?
Select Health and Socioeconomics from the database home page, then select a category of interest.

Country Information

Europa World Online

What is it?
Online version of the Europa World Year Book, which the library has in print back to 1991. Includes economic, political and geographic background information and statistical data by country.
How do I use it?
To browse by country, click the "Countries" tab and then select from the alphabetically organized list of countries.

CIA World Factbook

What is it?
Provides information on 267 world entities, including information about history, people, communication, transportation and transnational issues. 
How do I use it?
Use the "Select a Country or Location" drop-down menu at the top right of the screen. Click on the category of interest to display detailed information.

International Statistics Agencies

What is it?
A directory of statistics agencies for over 100 countries, collected by the U.S. Census Bureau. 
How do I use it? 
Locate your country of interest in the alphabetically arranged list of links. Click on the link, which will take you to your country of interest's statistical agency. The information collected varies by country, and not all information is in English.

General Biomedical and Nursing Databases


What is it?
PubMed is a database that covers the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the healthcare system, and pre-clinical sciences. 
How do I use it?
Review the PubMed video tutorials
Review the PubMed database guide

Using PubMed's Medical Subject Headings to locate epidemiological information
"Epidemiology" is a MeSH subheading that, when combined with the MeSH term for a specific disease, returns articles on the distribution, causative factors and attributes of the disease in a specific population. 
The MeSH heading "Morbidity" can be combined with other terms to bring back articles about the proportion of patients with a particular disease during a given year, per given unit of population. This term includes the concepts of Incidence and Prevalence, which can also be searched separately. 

CINAHL Complete

What is it? 
CINAHL Complete contains references to journal and magazine articles, books, dissertations, software/audiovisual products, government documents, and Internet resources. It contains materials from 1937 to the present.
How do I use it?
Review the CINAHL Plus search guide

Using CINAHL's subject headings to locate epidemiological information
As is the case with PubMed, "Epidemiology" is a subheading that can be used to find articles about the distribution and frequency of diseases, injuries and other health-related events and their causes in a desired population.
Morbidity and Mortality are also subject headings in CINAHL. For best results use the AND operator to combine these terms with the subject heading for a disease, injury, health-related event or geographical location

More Resources

RefWorks allows users to create personal databases and use them for a variety of research activities. References are quickly and easily imported from text files or online databases. The databases can then be used to manage, store, and share the information. Users can automatically insert references from their database into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds.

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