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Welcome to the UR research guide for Health Studies!  Use this guide to learn more about the library's rich resources -- you can access books, databases, journals, and websites from these pages. 

Other research guides may be helpful, including political science, sociology, psychology, and education.

Background information & key reference works for health studies

Use encyclopedias and dictionaries to obtain an overview of your subject, an understanding of basic concepts, a summary of key issues, and definitions.  Articles frequently include bibliographies and may refer you to other entries on related topics:

  • AccessScience (the online edition of the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology)
  • Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment - 52 ed.
         REFERENCE  RC71 .A14 2013
  • Dorland's Medical Dictionary
         REFERENCE  R121 .D73 2007
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics - 3rd ed.
         QH332. E52 2004  or  online
  • Encyclopedia of Cancer - 2nd ed.
         REFERENCE  RC262 .E558 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Genetics
         REFERENCE QH427 .E532 2002
  • Encyclopedia of Immunology
         REFERENCE  QR180.4 .E53 1998
  • Encyclopedia of Medical Anthropology, Health and Illness in the World's Cultures
         RA418 .E354 2004  or  online
  • Encyclopedia of Microbiology
         REFERENCE  QR9 .E53 2009
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine - 2nd ed.
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine
         REFERENCE  RC41 .G35 2002  or  online
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Mental Disorders
         REFERENCE  RC437 .G35 2003
  • Gray's Atlas of Anatomy 
         REFERENCE QM25 .G72 2008
  • Infectious Diseases:  In Context
         REFERENCE  RC111 .I516 2008   


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