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Health Studies: Books & Encyclopedias

Encyclopedia Databases & Health Encyclopedias

Encyclopedias and other reference works provide background information and can give you a good overview of your research topic. The following is a selection of Health Studies related encyclopedias and reference works.


Single e-Book Encyclopedias titles listed below:

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Tips for finding books and more

Tips for searching for Health Studies books:

  • Use keyword search phrases: examples, global health funding, public health policy, mental health epidemiology
  • Use quotation marks to search for exact phrases or titles: example, "Ethical Dimensions of Health Policy"
  • Use truncation (*), which returns results with a root word and any ending: example,  politic* (finds political, politically, politics...)
  • Use  limits (the links along the left of your search results) to narrow the scope of your search (depending on your search terms, these may not always be present)
  • Search by Library of Congress Subject Headings, putting them in quotation marks: examples, "Health risk assessment"; "Urban health"; "Medical policy"; "Compulsory health insurance"; "World health"; "Community health services"; "Communication in public health." Click here for a complete list of LC Subject Headings pertaining to health.
  • Click Online Access or Available at... options to display item details (library location; call number, availability, etc.)
  • Use Advanced Search for complex searches and limits

Browsing for Health Studies Books

The Campus Library arranges books by Library of Congress call numbers. Below are the major sections for Medicine.

  • Subclass R – Medicine (General)
  • Subclass RA – Public aspects of medicine
  • Subclass RB – Pathology
  • Subclass RC – Internal medicine
  • Subclass RD – Surgery
  • Subclass RE – Ophthalmology
  • Subclass RF – Otorhinolaryngology
  • Subclass RG – Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Subclass RJ – Pediatrics
  • Subclass RK – Dentistry
  • Subclass RL – Dermatology
  • Subclass RM – Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • Subclass RS – Pharmacy and materia medica
  • Subclass RT – Nursing
  • Subclass RV – Botanic, Thomsonian, and Eclectic medicine
  • Subclass RX – Homeopathy
  • Subclass RZ – Other systems of medicine

For a more specific breakdown of the call numbers see the Library of Congress Classification Online.