HLTH 33510: Legal & Ethical Issues in Health

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These Resources will Provide an Overview of Your Topic

Library Databases 

CQ Researcher
A full-text resource from Congressional Quarterly Press that provides comprehensive reports with analysis on popular and controversial topics that are reported in the news. A good starting point.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context
A full-text database covering controversial topics presented in a variety of formats from scholarly articles, news articles, essays, statistics, websites, videos, and more. 
Statista contains aggregated statistical information, and sometimes provides infographics. It's very easy to use!
EBSCO Research Library
Search accross multiple EBSCO databases.
This is a great tool for finding primary medical and research articles.
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles.

Founded in Australia in 2011 and the UK in 2013, The Conversation US launched in October 2014 as, "an independent sources of news and views from the academic and research community, delivered direct to the public."
The Network for Public Health Law
The Network for Public Health Law provides information and technical assistance on issues related to public health. 

NYAM Grey Literature
The New York Academy of Medicine's Grey Literature Report publishes state reports with electronic access from 1999-2016. It  contains un-indexed materials that are not produced by commercial publishers.
Data USA
The most comprehensive visualization of U.S. public data. Data USA provides an open, easy-to-use platform that turns data into knowledge.  The software code is open source - users can build custom applications by adding other data.

These Resources will Provide Legal Information
Nexis Uni (replaces LexisNexis)
A great tool for finding legal information. I recommend searching Law Reviews and the Federal and State Statutes. 
Google Scholar
Limit a search to Case Law, and further limit to Federal Courts or State Courts.
Thomas - Legislative Information
Database of United States legislative information including: bills, resolutions, the Congressional Record, treaties, Committee Reports, Public Laws, Roll Call Votes, etc.
National Conference of State Legislatures
This website offers research and policy information on multi-state legislation. Particularly helpful is the Research tab.


Search Strategies

Nexis-Uni (replaces Lexis-Nexis)

Lexis Nexis: Law Reviews 
  • atleast#(keyword or keyword or keyword) AND atleast#(keyword or keyword)

Search Strategy: atleast20("HPV vaccine" or "Human Papillomavirus vaccine")

Search Strategy: atleast20("HPV vaccine" or "Human Papillomavirus vaccine") and atleast20(mandat*)

Advanced Search in Title Field 

title("HPV vaccine" or "Human Papillomavirus vaccine") and title(mandat*)


Legal Websites

Federal Legislative Policy Analysis
Office of Legislative Policy and Analysis (OLPA)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
USA.Gov Laws & Regulations: Federal and State
United States Senate: How to find laws, acts, or statutes 
Library of Congress: Legal Research Guides
GPO's Federal Digital System
Code of Federal Regulations (proposed and compiled): This is a great resource for searching proposed and compiled regulations. You can also read public comments along with adding your own comments. 

State Legislative Policy Analysis 
Maine State Legislature: Office of Policy and Legal Analysis
State Law and Regulations: The Law Library of Congress has a guide for each state that can help you find laws and regulations by state.

City Policy

Private Legal Search Ideas
West Law: How to find statutes
Cornell University Law School's: Basics of legal research

Contact Us

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Health Sciences Librarian
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Search Argos

Congressional Hearings

The US Government Publishing Office provides full-text content to congressional hearings from 1985 to present.  Take a look at how various testimonials are constructed to get a sense of how to write your own.

Citing: The Blue Book

Below are two chapters scanned from the  The bluebook : a uniform system of citation . Depending on your topic and sources, you may need to use other chapters from the Blue Book which is located at the Library's Research Help Desk. 

How to Cite Statutes (R12) pdf
How to Cite Legislative Materials (R13) pdf
Northeastern University's Guide to the Blue Book

Advocacy Organizations

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