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Research resources for the School of Public Health Community-Oriented Public Health Practice (COPHP) Master of Public Health (MPH) program

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Citation Management

Start with a citation manager so you can track what you find:

Evaluating Information Quality

Check that the information you find is high quality and reliable, even when it is peer reviewed research.

Research: Background Info

Background information is typically found in books.

Research: Scholarly & Grey Lit

General guideline is to search at least three databases, you will likely search more and look to grey literature sources to ensure you fully understand the context of your topic and incorporate many perspectives. 

Scholarly Literature

What is it? 

Scholarly lit typically refers to journal articles published to enhance the field of study. It is also called "academic literature", "research", or "peer reviewed". 

When do I use it? 

When trying to understand a current or evolving issue. As background or historical information, although textbooks are often a better choice for established facts. 

How do I find it? 

In scholarly databases: 

Grey Literature

What is it? 

Information "produced on all levels of government, academics, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body." (

When do I use it? 

Anytime you're researching. Relying only on scholarly literature tends to center whiteness because white supremacy is embedded throughout the research process: "Most editors are white and/or from Western nations, and 66-80% of peer reviewers are also white." Learn more about researching through an anti-racism lens.

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