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21W.034 Perspectives on Medicine and Public Health  

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Library locations for this class

Literature on medicine and the history of medicine will be found in Hayden Library in the collections of the Science and Humanities Libraries. Additional literature on public health policy will be found the the Dewey collections.

Discover writings

Vera is the primary gateway to these and all other electronic resources.

  • Barton Library Catalog
    Find books for background and context.
  • StatRef
    Collection of medical texts, including ACP Medicine and pharmaceutical reference sources. Also includes Oxford Textbook of Medicine, a core medical textbook with accurate, concise summaries written by experts.
  • PubMed
    Complete MEDLINE database, 1966-present. Also provides related references. PubMed indexes more than 3500 journals in biomedical research, neurosciences an clinical medicine.

Find articles and books

To get articles:

  1. Try the SFX button SFX (or any link that says full text) in the database, if one is present. Note: For this to work in PubMed you must use the Vera PubMed url:
  2. Next, search for the name of the journal in Barton.
  3. Vera will indicate whether the journal is online.

To get books:

  1. Use Barton to search for authors, titles, and keywords.
  2. If MIT does not own what you need, Interlibrary Borrowing is also an option. This can take 3 days to 2 weeks, so plan ahead!
  3. If pressed for time, determining whether another local library has what you need might help. Try the Worldcat database. Use Ask Us! if you need assistance.

Remember to evaluate your sources, and note the full information for your references: you'll need this for your bibliography.  If you're interested in software that will help you manage your readings and generate your bibliography, have a look at RefWorks.

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