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Introduction to Health Services Research : A Self-Study Course

Module 4: Search the Literature of HSR: Databases (Page 15 of 29)
Section 1: Health Services Research Databases and Information Resources

Introduction to Related Databases

Since the health services research field covers many disciplines, you should consider examining databases in public policy, economics, business, law, sociology, and others.

Since the health services research field covers many disciplines, it is important to consider databases for public policy, economics, business, law, sociology, and others.

Some major sources for this information include the following databases and selected vendors chosen from Health Services: Sources of Information for Research from NLM's Public Services Division, 1992, Health Industry, the Gale Directory of Databases, and library pathfinders. These database resources were updated in 2005.

Some of the databases mentioned in this next section index selected health services research journals as well as the social and behavoral sciences and business literature.

The databases covered in this section include:

Discussion Questions

  1. Health services research covers many fields. How difficult has it been in the past to learn about and use the the key databases from related, but important, disciplines?
  2. What is the best way of learning about these and new resources? About how to use them?
  3. What are your favorite databases in public policy, economics, business, law, sociology, and others. Do they include other databases besides the ones listed above? Why?
  4. Should NLM include more social and behavioral sciences journal content of interest to health services researchers in Medline? Why or why not?
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