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PBH 165: Personal Health Across the Lifespan

This guide supports instruction for first-year public health students enrolled in PBH165. Students may use this guide to assist with locating peer reviewed articles and valid internet resources to support their final presentation.

Which database should you use?

Selecting a database or internet resource depends on your purpose. Below are a few factors to consider:

  •  Does your assignment require peer-reviewed articles?
  •  Do you need to focus on a public health only? Or a general health related topic?
  •  Would you like to use a database that creates an automatic citation in the citation style required for your assignment?
  •  Do you want to email your search results to yourself?

I can help you select a resource that best suits your needs. Click the link under my avatar to make an appointment!


Introductory Health Sciences Databases

Introductory Health Sciences Databases


PLEASE NOTE: The list of searchable databases below is introductory to the health sciences. Most of the journal articles will be available to you in full-text.

  • CINAHL The Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature is an index to literature in nursing and allied health. Linked full text.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition includes full-text nursing and allied health coverage both areas are especially strong.
  • Health and medical dictionaries in Credo Reference   Includes health and medical dictionaries contain basic and specialized health sciences information.
  • Scopus is an index to peer-reviewed scientific, medical, technical, and social science literature.
  • Web of Science Web of  is a platform for Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts and Humanities Index, Journal Citation Reports, and MEDLINE.


Google Scholar provides a search of scholarly literature across many disciplines and sources, including theses, books, abstracts, and articles. If your Google Scholar preferences are set, it will provide full-text access to many UNLV scholarly journals.



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Library Workshop Questions

‚ÄčLibrary Workshop Questions and Answers

  • How do I find full-text of articles?

It depends on where you are searching. Schedule an appointment with your Health Sciences Librarian for help with this.

  • How do I write an APA citation for an article? Below is a sample APA citation for an article:

Knol, L.L., & Robb, C.A., McKinley, E.M., & Wood, M. (2017). Food insecurity, self-rated  health, and obesity among college students. American Journal of Health Education, 484(4), 248-255. doi: 10.1080/19325037.2017.1316689

  • Why did I not know this sooner?

I’m not sure.

  • I want to find out the secret trick for PBH students to know how an article is peer-reviewed.

You have to stay around to learn the trick!

  • How do I find UNLV text off-campus with Google Scholar?

Visit, login to your Google account. On the left hand side of the screen click the three bars; next click the Settings gear icon; next click Library Links, type University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the search box, check the boxes and save. You will now see UNLV Find Text when you’re off campus.

  • Is PubMed only for certain topics?

PubMed is best for biomedical topics, but includes a wide-range of health sciences topics, including public health.

  • How do I make sure an article is peer-reviewed?

Check the about section for the journal title from which you are pulling the article. This will let you know if a journal peer-reviews articles submitted for publication. 

  • How do I request an interlibrary loan?

Create an Interlibrary Loan account (ILLiad) here. Before you do that make sure you register your RebelCard at the library.

  • What are peer-reviewed articles? And why are they important?

Peer-reviewed articles are articles written by scholars in their field. These articles are reviewed anonymously by peers, thus the term peer-reviewed. Peer-reviewed articles are important because they contribute to the discourse about a topic, theme, or subject in a field, and are a record of scholarly conversation amongst scholars.

  • How do I access articles using UNLV Libraries databases?

Here is a link to the video, finding articles,

  • How do I email the article to myself?

How to email articles to yourself will vary for each database. Set-up an appointment with your Health Sciences Librarian to review this. Here is a link to make an appointment.

  • How do I access Web of Science?

You can access Web of Science from the Guide created for your class here:

  • What is a Creative Commons image?

Creative Commons is a type of license that allows users to borrow an image someone created and use that image. The image has a license, Creative Commons that is attached and the user of the image cites the image and the license. Not all images have Creative Commons licenses, and there are different types of licenses.   

  • How do I find images?

You can find images using Google Image search. Go to and start your search there.

  • How do I cite images or a picture?

To cite an image in your PowerPoint use the heading Figure in italics and number the image,

ex. Figure 1.  Next list the title or name of the image, next list retrieved by, where you retrieved the image from

Example: Figure 1. University of California Davis, sculpture. Retrieved from  CC BY-NC-SA 2.0. 

  • I don’t understand citing sometimes.

It is okay to not understand citing. If you need help you can try a few online sources: OWL at Purdue, Guides at UNLV , or you can make an appointment with your Health Sciences Librarian for help.

  • Is APA format the only required format for PBH 165 or is MLA allowed?

For PBH 165 your assignments require APA format.

  • I don’t understand the types of Creative Commons licenses.

To learn more about creative commons licenses read here.

  • I did not understand why we would modify a search for a picture.

I modified my image search to find images that are usable for presentations. 

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