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Health Communication & Information

This research guide covers a broad range of health communication and information research resources and supports the Master of Health Communication and Information (MHCI) and other programs offered through the School of Communication and Information.

Helpful Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) can be incorporated into your search strategy in combination with other keywords to increase precision and relevance. MeSH terms can be used in Medline databases such as PubMed and Ovid Medline.


Health Behavior [Mesh]  AND African Americans AND hypertension

Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice [Mesh] AND childhood obesity AND nutrition

Public Health Search Strategies

Click on the canned searches below. In PubMed, you can modify these search strategies by focusing on a specific demographic or geographical location.

This resource provides pre-formulated PubMed search strategies!

Searching the Literature: Databases

Because Health Communication draws from many different fields, it's important to search in multiple databases. Use the tabbed box to identify databases in Healthcare, Computer Science, Public Policy, Business, and more. Also, check out the databases included in the Related Research Guides. If you run into problems finding relevant research content, please contact a librarian!

Systematic Reviews: Databases

What is a systematic review?
A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a specific research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit, systematic methods that are selected with a view aimed at minimizing bias, to produce more reliable findings to inform decision making.

Health & Medicine

Public Health & Social Sciences

Related Research Guides

Grey Literature

The inclusion of grey literature and unpublished reports in literature reviews is encouraged, particularly in certain topic areas such as public health. However, as with any other study reports, it is necessary to critically evaluate grey literature materials for the authority of the source, any potential for bias, reliability and reproducibility of study methodology and completeness of reporting.

The following information types are all considered "grey literature."

  • Census, economic and other data sources
  • Conference proceedings and abstracts
  • Databases of ongoing research
  • Electronic networks (Listserv archives, etc.)
  • Informal communications (phone conversations, email, meetings, etc.)
  • Newsletters
  • Preprints of e-journal articles
  • Registered clinical trials
  • Research reports (completed and uncompleted)
  • Technical reports 
  • Theses and Dissertations
  • Web log (blog)
  • White papers

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