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Public Health 2: Case Studies in Public Health Practice

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Research Librarian for the Health Sciences, Medicine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacology, Public Health

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Hector R. Perez-Gilbe
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UC Irvine
Science Library
Room 232
Irvine, CA 92623
(949) 824-6957

Introduction - Background

This Course Page will introduce you to resources and methodologies that will aid you in successfully completing all the assignments for this course.  Your point of departure should be the UCI Libraries Webpage and you may also find the Subject Guide for Public Health helpful.

Evaluating Information

When using Online or Internet Resources, consider Search Engines vs. metasites - evaluate resource - be attentive to domain -may include .com, .edu, .org, .gov, .net

Thinking Critically about World Wide Web Resources -

Take the CRAAP test:  Currency, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy, Purpose -

  1. Scope of coverage
  2. Verifiable information - can be documented
  3. Authority control - authorship - who, affiliation, where
  4. Currency - note the date, the update, does it reflect the right period of time
  5. Timeliness
  6. Evaluate the source - establish criteria that is meaningful to covering the topic>
  7. Objectivity - reduce bias
  8. Accuracy
  9. Design & Presentation
  10. Ease of use
  11. Citing Internet resources - URL & date of the search
  12. Capturing and citing
  13. Copying
  14. Establishing relevancy

Citing Sources

In order to avoid plagiarism and to honor intellectual integrity, make sure that you cite the authority in a bibliographic reference to anything that is not your original writing or creation - that means when you quote a passage, insert a graphic image, figures, or illustration, that you cite the original source. The style manual you choose to follow should document how you cite electronic resources. Standard formats include the following reference elements:

Standard formats include the following reference elements:

For a Journal article or conference proceeding:

Author(s) - last name, first name, MI, - [include multiple authors if noted] (date), Title of article. Source of Article/Title of Journal. volume #, (issue #): pages. If it is only an electronic publication with no reference to print pages, then you cite the DOI - Digital Object Identifier and the date last visited.

If it is a conference paper, then you cite the Source of the Publication, Title of conference, date and location of meeting.

For books, the format is:

Author, editor of volume or chapter, (imprint date). Title of chapter in Title of Book, edited by editor if different. City of Publication: Publisher, page references. Note if it is an eBook.

For full volume:

Author, (date). Title of Book. City of Publisher, Publisher: pages

ACM Style Guide  - there are some examples in the link to MS Word in the list of references provided that can be used as a model for different writing elements

 IEEE Citation Style - The IEEE Style Manual notes the specific ways that references and footnotes are to be handled.  You will be writing with a model of California Engineer - check it out at the Science Library Current Periodicals Room by journal title or for back issues, by call number TA 1 C28 in the Science Library Drum (round part of the Library)

MLA Style Format is documented in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 2009 at any of the UCI Library Reference Desks at:                   REF LB 2369 G53 2009

APA Style - the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 2010 is the current Style Manual and is found at all REF desks at: REF BF 76.7 P83 2010 - for additional support with the APA style manual please consult the APA Style & Citation Resources tab at

Other hints:

  1. Avoid plagiarism, be ethical – OVERCITE!
    Plagiarism: what it is and how to recognize and avoid it. A guide prepared by the Writing Tutorial Services, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN


  2. Consult , a plagiarism detection program - ask your professor if you are interested in this.


  3. Be consistent


  4. Work on your presentation skills
    • very important now
    • when interviewing for job


  5. For additional information, consult with instructor, librarian, examine your style manual.


Bibliographic Management Software

BIBLIOGRAPHIC MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE - allows you to discover, find, manage, recall and apply the citations you retrieve from all formats of work - journal articles, book chapters, edited volumes, standards, specifications, patents, conference papers & proceedings, lectures, etc. Neither Zotero nor EndNote support BibTeX or LaTeX, only the usual wordprocessing languages or Legal Style Manual.  For additional information, please visit the Bibliographic Management Software page.  A comparison of all kinds of different products are noted at

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Saturday from 1-5pm

Sunday from 1-5pm

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