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Seminar 207: Antibiotics: Global Health

Finding Books

Using Catalogs to locate books:

1.)  Ariadne

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Browse the shelves by Call Number

2.)  MeLCat

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • About MeLCat

3.)  WestCat - Western Michigan's catalog

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Browse the shelves by Call Number
  • Waldo Library: Hours and How to get to Western

4.)  WorldCat and 5.)  Interlibrary Loan

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Order item through Interlibrary Loan

See also: Library of Congress Classification...


Useful sources in Reference:

  • U.S. health policy and politics: a documentary history - RA395.A3 H555 2012
  • Source book in bioethics: a documentary history - R724 .S599 1998
  • Companion encyclopedia of the history of medicine, 2 volumes - R133 .C6 1993
  • Encyclopedia of bioethics - QH332 .E52 2004
  • Public health in the 21st century - RA424.8 .P83 2011
  • Public health : the development of a discipline - RA424 .P83 2008


Finding Book Chapters, also called Book Articles:

To find chapters within books, do a keyword search on your topic, whether your topic is an idea, a period of history, or a person. A keyword search will search multiple fields of the record for a book, such as title, author, contents note, etc.

Example: tuskegee

A keyword search on tuskegee returns 25 records. The following book is one of them:

The "Racial" economy of science : toward a democratic future / edited by Sandra Harding;
Q175.55 .R3 1993

Tuskegee does not appear in the title or in the subject headings, but it does appear in the following chapter title, which may be of interest:

The Tuskegee syphillis experiment: A moral astigmatism / James Jones

In keyword search in Ariadne, you can also search for your topic specifically in the contents note field, where chapter titles are listed. To search the contents note field, your search would look like this:

Example: n:tuskegee

A keyword search on n:tuskegee returns 13 records; all of them have tuskegee in the contents note field, although not all of the records are about the syphillis experiment.

 Finding Journal Articles

Off-Campus Access to Licensed Resources

Scholarly Journals and Popular Magazines/Newspapers

Scholarly Journals (JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association)

  • Authors are scholars or researchers in their fields.
  • Authors cite their sources in footnotes, endnotes, and bibliographies.
  • Individual issues have little or no advertising.
  • Articles must go through a peer-review process.
  • Articles usually report original scholarly research.
  • Most illustrations are charts, figures, or graphs.
  • Authors use the specialized language or jargon of the discipline.

Popular Magazines (Time, Atlantic Monthly)

  • Authors are free lance writers or magazine staff members.
  • Authors may mention sources, but rarely cite them in notes or bibliographies.
  • Individual issues contain many advertisements.
  • There is no peer review process. Articles are reviewed by editors or publishers.
  • Illustrations are numerous and colorful.
  • Articles are meant to inform and entertain an educated audience.
  • Language is written for the general adult audience (no specialized jargon).


Scholarly or Not?
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory Online
Ulrich's Periodicals Directory (Ref. Desk Z6941 .U5)
Look for section called "Document Type"
Document Type MUST say "Academic/Scholarly Publication" to be considered scholarly!


Useful Journals:

JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association 1998 - present

New England Journal of Medicine 1990 - present * * * On Campus Access ONLY - No OFF CAMPUS ACCESS! * * * Our subscription is limited to five concurrent users.


Do you have access to a journal?  

1.)  Ariadne (old-fashioned paper format)

  • Title search on Title of the Journal to locate print journal

2.)  Online Journals at K (online access)

  • Title search on Title of the Journal to locate article in a Full Text Database

3.)  WestCat - Western Michigan's catalog

4.)  Interlibrary Loan


Journal Indexes

Advanced Search Help





Science Citation Index Expanded

Sociological Abstracts

Social Sciences Citation Index

Social Sciences Abstracts


History of Science Technology & Medicine


Is a particular journal covered in a specific Index?

Ulrich's Periodicals Directory Online


Full Text Databases

Online Journals at K


Health Reference Center-Academic



Academic OneFile

Expanded Academic ASAP


Country Information


International Health and Infectious Diseases

Use these points to evaluate the credibility of Websites:

1. Accuracy
How reliable is the information? Are there editors and fact checkers?
2. Authority
What are the author's qualifications? Is the publisher reputable?
3. Objectivity
Is the author trying to sway opinion? Is the information free from bias?
4. Currency
Is the publication date indicated? Is the source up to date?
5. Coverage
Does the site cover the topic comprehensively, or are there information gaps?

Sites that provide guidance on evaluating Websites:


 Citing Your Sources

Documenting all of the resources used in the development of your work is an important part of research. The purpose of citing sources is to give weight and substance to your findings and to give credit to the authors of these sources. To cite properly, you must provide complete bibliographic information according to an established format.

Nature - Information to Authors
Science - Information to Authors

See How to Cite Sources for help in citing print and electronic resources in various bibliographic styles (MLA, APA, Chicago, etc.)


ALWAYS check the style manual!! DO NOT rely on other guides!