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PH 3301: Environmental Health : Research Databases

Survey course examining environmental factors that enhance or impede population health: climate change; particulate matter and ozone air pollutants; environmental justice; drinking water systems and regulation; industrial agriculture; food deserts.

Google Scholar


Google Scholar can be a useful tool when collecting research information. Settings can be updated to display:

Library Links - FindIt@Txstate
Bibliography Manager - EndNote

For EndNote Web, Under Downloads, use Capture Reference

Find peer reviewed articles in Start Your Research

Try Start Your Research first!

  • Check the box for Full Text if you'd like to find entire articles available to read online and/or limit articles to those from Peer Reviewed journals.

For Newspaper content, an excellent database is NewsBank-Access World News. It's not searched in Start Your Research so search it directly. 

What is Peer-Reviewed?

Libraries subscribe to various types of periodicals, such as scholarly (some of which may be peer-reviewed, blind peer-reviewed, editorial review) popular, or trade publications. Choosing which to use depends on your topic, the type of writing you are doing, your assignment, and the sources your professor wants you to use. Many databases offer the option to limit to "Peer Reviewed". If you're not sure if a journal is considered scholarly/peer-reviewed, check Ulrich's by looking up the title of the journal. 

What is a peer-reviewed journal? 

A scholarly/academic journal is peer-reviewed when manuscripts are sent to experts, sometimes anonymously (blind peer-reviewed), in the related field. They make recommendations to editor for publication, rejection or revision. These journals are generally thought to be of the highest quality.