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Public Health: For Students


PubMed is the premier freely available tool for finding journal literature on all aspects of health and public health.

If you are new to PubMed, or want to build on your existing skills, here are some good resources:

Starting from off campus?

  • These instructions will let you access our full text journals while off campus:
    • Go to PubMed (make sure to use this link to access through Pitt)
    • When prompted, sign in to Pitt Passport with your Pitt username and password through remote access

Getting Organized for Literature Searching

This document covers the literature search process in detail.

Finding Full Text

See the section on Accessing  Full Text  Articles on the HSLS Basics Tab. 

If we don't own an article or book you want, try our Document Delivery service. Document delivery of full text articles is free for Pitt students.

Citation Management Options

Pitt supports use of EndNote, Mendeley, or F1000 to collect, annotate, and cite information sources in your writing.

Endnote is desktop software you can  download for free from the Software Download Service through .

Mendeley has desktop software, online cloud storage, and mobile devices options. Sign up on the Mendeley website.

F1000 Work allows online saving, annotation, citing, and sharing of article collections. Create an account through the F1000 Work website. .

The guide Managing Your References with EndNote  from HSLS has more information about these resources.

Classes in the Libraries

Getting Help

HSLS librarians are available to help you with using the library and other public health information sources.

Day to Day Questions

  • Use our Ask a Librarian service for help by phone, e-mail, or chat
  • Ask about any aspect of using the library or finding information

Major Project Questions

  • Get help finding and managing information for your thesis, masters' essay, dissertation, or paper for publication
  • Contact Helena VonVille, HSLS Liaison to Public Health, to schedule a consultation

Molecular Biology Information Service

Books on Writing

All books with with hyperlinked titles are electronic books, those without are print books in the Falk Library collection.

Which PITTCat?

PITTCat is the online catalog of all Pitt libraries.  Use it to find anything collected by our libraries, including print and electronic books and journals, audiovisual materials, and government documents.

But just to make things interesting, we give you many different flavors of PITTCat:


  • The "traditional" online catalog- search by author, title, subject heading,  or keywords
  • Connects you to online resources
  • Answers the questions
    • Do we own a particular book or journal?
    • What options are available for accessing each online books or journal?

Pitt Resources Quick Search

  • Accessible from the HSLS home page
  • HSLS  resources will be the first results
  • Organizes the resources into categories


  • Accessible from the ULS home page (big search box in the top middle of the page)
  • Simultaneously searches the library catalog as well as online books and journals available from Pitt.  A good tool for assessing the range of information sources available at Pitt on a topic

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