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*  These are good places to start your research. You’ve got a topic and you want an overview that helps you find an angle for your paper and points you to more in-depth resources. The sources below can help you with that.

CQ Researcher go! info Available Online

Encyclopedia of Health & Aging go! Available Online

“With more than 200 entries, this one-volume resource covers the biological, psychological, social, and economic aspects of health and aging and impacts within the health-care system. More »

Medline Plus go! Available Online

This consumer-focused website is produced by the National Library of Medicine, and includes authoritative, topical health overviews, an online medical encyclopedia and health news.

Articles (Research Databases)

Academic Search Premier go! info Available Online

CINAHL go! info Available Online

PsychINFO go! info Available Online

PubMed go! info Available Online

Streaming Videos

Living Old go! Available Online Multimedia Resource

Examines the state of elder care in the United States, including the challenges of providing adequate care.

Sick Around America go! Available Online Multimedia Resource

This PBS Frontline documentary investigates “the stories of Americans whose lives have become a quest to find and keep health insurance.”

Sick Around the World go! Available Online Multimedia Resource

Compares the health care systems in 5 wealthy, industrialized nations through a series of interviews with practitioners, patients and politicians.

The Vaccine War go! Available Online Multimedia Resource

“Examining the emotionally charged debate over medical risks vs. benefits and a parent’s right to make choices about her child vs. a community’s common good.”

Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick? go! Available Online Multimedia Resource

“A seven-part documentary series exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health.”


Global Health Facts go! Available Online

Produced by the Kaiser Family Foundation, GHF “provides free, up-to-date and easy-to-access data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators. The data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses.”

National Center for Health Statistics go! Available Online

Find various statistics and government health reports here.  Includes topically arranged FASTATs section.

State Health Facts go! Available Online

Find state and regional demographic information on virtual all aspects of health care in the United States.

The California Endowment go! Available Online

This public health grant making foundation is also a clearinghouse for research and heath-related information related to California.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services go! Available Online

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services.

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