New Public Health E-Books: Oxford Scholarship Online

We have recently acquired access to the Public Health and Epidemiology collections of Oxford Scholarship Online: dozens of full-text electronic books covering many subjects within Public Health and Epidemiology

Selected titles include:

  • Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis – Modeling Change and Event Occurrence
    Judith D. Singer, John B. Willett, 2003
  • Epidemiological Methods in Life Course Research
    Andrew Pickles (Editor), Barbara Maughan (Editor), Michael Wadsworth (Editor), 2007
  • Evaluating Health Promotion – Practice and Methods
    Margaret Thorogood (Editor), Yolande Coombes (Editor), Second Edition, 2004
  • A Life Course Approach to Chronic Disease Epidemiology
    Diana Kuh (Editor), Yoav Ben Shlomo (Editor), Susser Ezra (Editor), Second Edition, 2004
  • Making Sense of Data – A Self-Instruction Manual on the Interpretation of Epidemiological Data
    J. H. Abramson, Z. H. Abramson, Third Edition, 2001
  • Measuring Health – A guide to rating scales and questionnaires
    Ian McDowell, Third Edition, 2006
  • Neighborhoods and Health
    Ichiro Kawachi (Editor), Lisa F. Berkman (Editor), 2003
  • Spatial Epidemiology – Methods and Applications
    Paul Elliott (Editor), Jon Wakefield (Editor), Nicola Best (Editor), David Briggs (Editor), 2001
  • Social Marketing and Public Health – Theory and practice
    Jeff French (Editor), Clive Blair-Stevens (Editor), Dominic McVey (Editor), Rowena Merritt (Editor), 2009

OS LogoOxford Scholarship Online is a cross-searchable library containing the full text of over 750 books in the areas of Law, Political Science, Philosophy, Religion/Theology, Public Health and Epidemiology, and Physics. At least 200 new and recently-published books added each year.

Oxford Scholarship Online, and many other e-book collections, may be found on the Public Health Library’s Electronic Books web page.

Happy 50th Birthday to MeSH!

November 2010 marks the 50th birthday of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), the National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus, consisting of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity. PubMed searchers use MeSH for a more relevant retrieval of citations from the nearly 5,500 journals indexed by NLM.

In celebration of this event, the first edition of MeSH was scanned and is available online. From the Preface, "We conceive of subject headings … as pointers, which say, in effect, "There it is, right there." The intersect of two or more such pointers will define a very specific subject; in many cases the natural language, rich as it is, is not rich enough to provide a single word or phrase adequate for the purpose."

A web page, Celebrating MeSH: 50 years of Medical Subject Headings, was created in observation of this milestone. It includes history of MeSH and more. More information on the MeSH’s 50th anniversary may be found in the NLM Technical Bulletin.

Current access problems

  • Early Modern Italy – Reported: February 3, 2010 (Help Ticket #3396)
  • Linguistics Abstracts Online – Reported: August 5, 2010
  • Multidata Online – Reported: February 8, 2010 (CDL Helpline ticket #2603)
  • Si ku quan shu – Reported: February 8, 2010 (CDL Helpline ticket #2604)