Great stuff, but you WON’T find it in PubMed …

Researching public health scholarly literature is not easy because it crosses many disciplines. Although PubMed is the primary index to use for most public health topics, going beyond Pubmed will provides you with a lot of relevant research.

I recently learned of the Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (aka URISA Journal): NOT indexed in PubMed. The current issue is a special issue on GIS in Public Health, and is available online. Articles include:

  • Using Global Position Systems (GPS) and Physical Activity Monitors to Assess the Built Environment
  • Developing Geospatial Data Management, Recruitment, and Analysis Techniques for Physical Activity Research
  • Space-Time Patterns of Mortality and Related Factors, Central Appalachia 1969 to 2001
  • Leveling the Playing Field: Enabling Community-Based Organizations to Utilize Geographic Information Systems for Effective Advocacy
  • Development of Neighborhoods to Measure Spatial Indicators of Health

You can serach for articles in this, and many other journals that are not in PubMed, using the database Geography.

Watch this space for other “Beyond PubMed” tips!