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Course Research Guide for GEOG 4852:
Health & Medical Geography

Use this page as a starting point for your health and emdical geography research paper. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email your subject specialist for this class, Rebecca Kuglitsch, rebecca.kuglitsch@colorado.edu, or book a research consultation right away using this calendar.

If you need immediate research assistance, stop by the Norlin Research Desk, call 303-492-7521, use one of our Ask Us services (including IM!), or try our extensive How do I... series for some DIY help.


For help finding maps or GIS data, email maplib@colorado.edu.


Learn more about the process of and tools for writing a literature review.


  • Find Articles & Background
  • Data, Maps & More
  • APA
  • Citation Management

Below you'll find some particulary useful starting points for finding scholarly articles relevant to your research in this course.


Key Databases:

  • Web of Science
    This multi-disciplinary database covers the top-tier scholarly literature on most topics, including geography.
  • PubMed
    This is the key resource for health & medical literature research, and a great place to find scholarly articles. Best when you have a very clear topic and need specific research.

Also helpful:

  • Academic Search Premier
    This multi-disciplinary databases provides full text coverage of magazines, newspapers, and scholarly journals for nearly all academic areas of study. It's a great place to find backgroudn information and a range of perspectives on your topic.
  • CQ Researcher
    Useful for background on a wide variety of topics. Not a scholarly source, but a reputable one that will help you understand the larger context of your scholarly sources.

Finding Articles that are owned by CU

  • If you're in a database, look for the 'Find it at CU' logo button. Just click the button, and a new page will open, letting you know if we have the article online or in print. If we don't there is a direct link to the interlibrary loan form.
  • If you have an article citation from a book or paper, enter the citation details into the Article Finder. Or simply search the title of the journal in Chinook, check whether we have the dates you need, and keep browsing down to the article you'd like.
  • PASCAL(CU’s off-site storage facility in Denver)
    If you're looking for a journal articles in print and it's in PASCAL, we'll scan and send the article to you on 24 hour turn around. Scanned copies should be under 50 pages.
  • NB: Are you off campus?

    If you're off campus, you should be able to access our resources as long as you use the links on the library's web page. Our resources are linked using a proxy server, so off campus, all you need to do is click the link and enter your CU IdentiKey and password. Find more information on our Off-Campus Access page. If you're already using the VPN, you can keep using that, too.

Finding Articles and Books not owned by CU


Use Interlibrary Loan.
This service is free of charge. PDFs of articles are sent to your email address. You can also request books that we don’t own through Prospector and Interlibrary Loan.

  • ILLiad
    Traditional borrowing from other institutions, 2 week or less delivery of copies (paper or electronic) of articles, dissertations, books, etc., are sent at no cost to you.
  • Prospector
    This is your best first choice for borrowing books CU doesn't own. Prospector requests usually arrive in 3-5 days.


Finding Maps at the Map Library

  • Find Maps portal
  • Search Chinook for terms like map or atlas, plus the disease of interest
  • Visit the map library and ask for assistance; many print maps are not yet cataloged.

Finding Health Maps Online

Finding Health Data Online





For this project, you'll be using APA citation style. While RefWorks or Zotero should make it easier to cite, it's important to know the style so you can proofread your citations. If you run into any questions, the resources below can help you sort them out.





When do I cite?!

The library's How do I Cite page is a good place to start. It gives general guide lines for when to cite.


Isn't there something electronic that will make citing easier?


The library supports several tools that will help you manage your literature research, cite, and create bibliographies really efficiently.


  • RefWorks: an online cloud-based tool to create personalized folders of citations from which you can create bibliographies & format papers in hundreds of different citation styles in seconds.
  • Zotero: an open source tool that works as a plugin with Firefox. Your folders of citations exist on your computer, and you can back them up to the internet cloud. Quickly creates bibliographies and formats papers in many citations styles.


No matter what tool you use, always check with your instructor about which citation style they want you to use!


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