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SPH B403 Public Health Program Planning


Greetings from the library!

Greetings B403 Students,


I'm glad you have found this research guide.  My hope is that you will utilize it to aid you in any research assistance you find you need along the way!  Included are lists of databases and journals I recommend you consider using, along with some writing resources.

I am available to you this semester for both in-person and virtual research consultations.  Feel free to call me at 812-855-8155 or email to set up an appointment.

Good luck this semester, and remember to reach out if you find yourself needing some extra guidance!


Emily Alford

Public Health Librarian

Using IU Libraries

Finding Quality Sources

The CRAAP Test

Recommended Databases

Literature Reviews

A literature review discusses the literature published on a particular topic and combines both summary and synthesis. You might create a literature review to:

  • demonstrate the ability to find, analyze, and synthesize literature in a specific field
  • convey the importance or significance of a research question or topic
  • identify what is known or not known about a research question or topic
  • provide background or context for a research question or topic

The literature review process includes the following steps (also reflected in the tabs on the left). Some steps may need to be revisited once the research and writing process begins. 

Literature Review Examples:

Literature Review Resources:

Literature review overview created by the University of North Carolina's Writing Center.

Created by University Library at American University. Take a look at the "What I Need to Succeed?" section for tips on getting started.

A literature review e-lecture produced by Harvard's Gutman Library.

Giving Credit

Citation Resources

Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Great resource with lots of examples using APA!

U.S. Government Publishing Office Style Manual

Includes information on citing government documents and reports

Fall 2022 IU Libraries Happenings

Relevant Workshops

Introduction to Citation Management With Zotero

Wednesday, August 31st 2:00PM-3:00PM

Stuck with a pile of literature to sort through? Let us help! Join one of our librarian experts to learn about Zotero, a citation manager that's sure to make your life easier.


Conducting a Literature Review

Tuesday, October 25th 11:00AM-12:00PM

Learn how to prepare, organize, and finish your next literature review. What is a literature review? It’s a survey of the scholarly research published on a given issue, meant as a foundation to your own project. We will discuss the basics of literature reviews, tools to organize your research, and how to develop a search strategy. This might sound daunting, but with a few tips and tricks you can do it!