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                           Databases for Epidemiology
This handout describes the diverse group of resources available electronically to the SPH
students, staff, and faculty. Each is unique, i.e. no one database really “does it all”.

Note for remote users: If you are not on the UT-H SPH campus, i.e. if you are searching
databases or pulling up fulltext articles from home, work (not at SPH), or from one of the
regional campuses (Dallas, El Paso, Brownsville, or San Antonio), you will need to input a
username and password before you can view a journal article or database. The username
and password are the same as your SPH e-mail username and password.

From the SPH Library Home page:

Click on:
   Search Using:
     Online Databases

                                                       All of the databases mentioned in
                                                       this handout are found in this list.

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Medline (Ovid)
MEDLINE is the premier research database
covering the journal literature in the fields of
medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary
medicine, the health care system, and the
preclinical sciences. The Library provides
access to it through both Ovid and Ebsco.
Same database, just different search

The Ovid search engine is incredibly powerful,
allowing you to combine terms, add terms, or
eliminate terms easily simply by following a
strategy of searching on one concept at a time.
While Ovid has only 300 or so titles full text
online, a link appears in
each record which takes you                     to a source to search for full text

                                                   Medline (Ebsco)
                                                   Medline is Medline; the interface is the
                                                   issue. Ebsco has an easier interface, but it
                                                   doesn’t allow the same complexity of
                                                   searches nor does it allow you to use the
                                                   well-defined vocabulary of Medline as
                                                   easily as Ovid.

What about PubMed?
PubMed is the “mother” of Medline, i.e. it contains all of Medline. In addition to this,
though, it also contains:
 • The out-of-scope citations (e.g., articles on plate tectonics or astrophysics) from certain
    MEDLINE journals, primarily general science and chemistry journals, for which the life
    sciences articles are indexed for MEDLINE;
 • Citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing;
 • Some additional life science journals that submit full text to PubMedCentral and
    receive a qualitative review by NLM;
 • In-process citations that are added daily (Ovid Medline is updated weekly).
The PubMed search engine is not as sophisticated as Ovid Medline. It is possible to build
searches, but it is not as easy to get to the controlled vocabulary that makes Medline so
powerful. Which version of Medline is better? Personal preference and search skills
determine that. Experiment with all three to see which you prefer.
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Academic Search Premier (Ebsco)

                                                           Academic Search Premier contains
                                                          FT for almost 4,600 scholarly
                                                          publications with more than 100
                                                          going back to 1975 or further. In
                                                          addition to this, it also contains
                                                          abstracts and indexing for nearly
                                                          6,700 peer-reviewed journals
                                                          covering nearly all academic areas
                                                          of study - including social sciences,
                                                          education, medical sciences, ethnic
                                                          studies, anthropology, and religion.

                                                          FT epidemiology journals include:
                                                      International Journal of Infectious
                                                      Diseases (FT 1997 to present),
Weekly Epidemiological Record (FT 1999 to present), Community Dentistry and Oral
Epidemiology (FT 8/2000 to 12 months ago), and Journal of Exposure Analysis and
Environmental Epidemiology (FT 2/199 to 12 months ago). In addition, a link to search for
FT online is found in each record.

PscyINFO (Ovid)

The PsycINFO database
contains citations and
summaries from over 1500
journals from 1887 to the
present, as well as book
chapters and books from 1987
to the present, dissertations,
and technical reports, all in the
field of psychology and the
psychological aspects of related
disciplines, such as medicine,
psychiatry, nursing, sociology,
education, pharmacology,
physiology, linguistics,
anthropology, business, and

PsycINFO has a well-developed vocabulary; by searching on single terms, you will be taken
to the all search terms will default to the online thesaurus. The flexibility of the Ovid
search engine allows for sophisticated searches.

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Health and Psychosocial Instruments (Ovid)
Health and Psychosocial Instruments is a
database of citations to articles about
validity/reliability of tests and instruments
(i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules,
checklists, index measures, coding schemes/
manuals, rating scales, projective
techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the
health fields, psychosocial sciences,
organizational behavior, and library and
information science.

HAPI does not include the instruments
themselves. These are copyrighted; you will
typically need to contact the test publisher to purchase it for use.

Mental Measurements Yearbook
MMY is another source for locating
information about tests and
measurements, specifically cost and
publisher information as well as
extensive reviews.

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Web of Science: Science Citation Index & Social Sciences Citation Index
The Web of Science tracks who has cited whom. If you find a perfect article, use the Web of
Science to see who has used this article for their research. It’s a great tool for finding the
most up-to-date research and for double-checking your other searches.

Simply perform a CITED REF SEARCH.
You may have to include the year the
cited article was published if your
author is prolific.

EBM Reviews (Ovid)
The EBM (Evidence Based Medicine)
Reviews include the Cochrane Database
of Systematic Reviews, the ACP Journal
Club, and the Database of Abstracts of
Reviews of Effects. This tool provides
an effective means of evaluating best
practices before you begin your project.

 Remember—if you need help, ask a librarian! Stop by the SPH Library and
ask for Helena VonVille. Or send an e-mail: Helena.M.VonVille@

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