Skip to main content

Public Health

Explore library and Internet resources for any topics related to Public Health.

Creating an Annotated Bibliography

Definition: “An annotated bibliography is a list of citations to books, articles, and documents. Each citation is followed by a brief (usually about 150 words) descriptive and evaluative paragraph, the annotation. The purpose of the annotation is to inform the reader of the relevance, accuracy, and quality of the sources cited. The citation format for this course is APA–American Psychological Association.”

For your HHP 299 assignment, you will need to find 8 recent peer-reviewed publications & reputable ‘grey’ literature. Of the sources, 4 should cover the global burden of the selected health challenge & viable community, systems & policy solutions and the other 4 should cover the burden of the selected health challenge in the Dominican Republic & viable solutions.

For both global and DR, include publications that address the impact of multiple social determinants such as culture, education, poverty, economy, built & natural environment, the health care system, etc.

Finding citations using Barber Library resources: http://guides.cocc.edu/citations/help

Citation Machine: http://www.citationmachine.net/

Sample bibliographic annotations from Purdue’s OWL website: https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/614/03/

Preparing an annotated bibliography (Cornell University Libraries): http://guides.library.cornell.edu/annotatedbibliography

Sample Annotated Bibliography in APA Style from LaGuardia Community College Library: http://library.laguardia.edu/files/pdf/sampleapaannotated.pdf

APA Sample Annotated Bibliography Bethel College: https://www.bethel.edu/library/research/apa-annobib-sixth.pdf


NOTES FROM YOUR INSTRUCTOR: Summaries have to be at least 200 words long — two per page. Make sure to use APA for reference list and in-text citations. No DOI numbers. Spell out journal titles — no abbreviations.

Searching Library Resources

Review the public health guide for databases to start your search.

Don't forget to consult the curated book collection for your class, typically kept in LIB221. 

"Peer-Review" Definition: A board of professional researchers or scholars connected to a journal review (or evaluate) submitted articles before before they are published–assessing each article’s research methods, sources and quality.

To find peer-review in library databases, keep an eye out for filters that look like this:

peer review filter

Keyword Searching

For keyword searching, start with the most basic description of your topic, adding additional words using the following tips:

  • use AND to combine keywords — for example: "public health" AND Dominican Republic; use OR to search for synonyms — for example: maternity OR maternal (make sure to use AND/OR with all capital letters as seen in the examples)
  • try using " " for phrases — for example: "public health" 
  • feel comfortable adding and changing your keywords as you learn more about your topic
  • get familiar using the filters to see how they change your results   

Get Help!

When you search, you might find yourself getting stumped. That's totally normal, there's a lot to this whole research thing! To help you, the library offers a wide range of services. We'll help even if you're not using library resources, you just have to ask!

From the homepage click Help:

COCC help 

Resources to Get Started

Many, many streaming video clips, images and other educational resources are available from the Barber Library here: http://guides.cocc.edu/resources-by-type/multimedia.

Additional Multimedia Resources:

CDC TV: https://www.cdc.gov/cdctv/index.html 
Short, streaming video clips on health topics by the Center for Disease Control.

CDC Global Health Videos: http://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/video/ 
Streaming video clips on global health topics by the Center for Disease Control.

World Health Organization Videos: https://www.youtube.com/user/who/videos 
Short streaming video clips on global health topics by WHO.

Definition: “Grey literature is authoritative and reputable sources not produced by book or journal publishers. Grey literature can be print or web-based, and is generated by federal, state and local governments, academic institutions, businesses and industry. Grey literature includes: government publications, reports, statistics, newsletters, fact sheets, conference proceedings, technical reports, etc.”

Make sure to consult your Blackboard course for resources recommended by your instructor.

Caribbean Development Bank: http://www.caribank.org/

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: http://www.fao.org/home/en/

Inter-American Development Bank: https://www.iadb.org/en

International Fund for Agricultural Development: https://www.ifad.org/

International Organization for Migration: http://www.iom.int/

International Red Cross: https://www.icrc.org/en/home

Pan American Health Organization: http://www.paho.org/hq/

United Nations: https://www.un.org/

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF): https://www.unicef.org/

World Bank: http://www.worldbank.org/

World Food Programme: http://www1.wfp.org/

World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/en/

Definition: “Grey literature is authoritative and reputable sources not produced by book or journal publishers. Grey literature can be print or web-based, and is generated by federal, state and local governments, academic institutions, businesses and industry. Grey literature includes: government publications, reports, statistics, newsletters, fact sheets, conference proceedings, technical reports, etc.”

Make sure to consult your Blackboard course for resources recommended by your instructor.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/

Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation: http://www.aecid.es/EN

Global Affairs Canada: http://www.international.gc.ca/

International Development Research Centre: https://www.idrc.ca/

United States Agency for International Development: https://www.usaid.gov/

Definition: “Grey literature is authoritative and reputable sources not produced by book or journal publishers. Grey literature can be print or web-based, and is generated by federal, state and local governments, academic institutions, businesses and industry. Grey literature includes: government publications, reports, statistics, newsletters, fact sheets, conference proceedings, technical reports, etc.”

Make sure to consult your Blackboard course for resources recommended by your instructor.

Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

CARE International: https://www.care-international.org/

Population Services: https://www.psi.org/

Giving Children Hope: http://www.givingchildrenhope.org/

Mercy Corps: https://www.mercycorps.org/

Oxfam:https://www.oxfam.org/

Health Horizons International: https://hhidr.org/

Definition: “Grey literature is authoritative and reputable sources not produced by book or journal publishers. Grey literature can be print or web-based, and is generated by federal, state and local governments, academic institutions, businesses and industry. Grey literature includes: government publications, reports, statistics, newsletters, fact sheets, conference proceedings, technical reports, etc.”

Make sure to consult your Blackboard course for resources recommended by your instructor.

Listin Diario, Newspaper: https://www.listindiario.com/

De Puerto Plata, News and Radio: http://depuertoplata.com/

Dominican Today, Newspaper: https://dominicantoday.com/

World Health Organization Dominican Republic: http://www.who.int/countries/dom/en/

Centers for Disease Control Dominican Republic: https://www.cdc.gov/globalhealth/countries/dr/

Ministry of Public Health and Global Assistance Dominican Republic: http://ghdx.healthdata.org/organizations/ministry-public-health-and-social-assistance-dominican-republic

USAID Dominican Republic Country Profile: https://idea.usaid.gov/cd/dominican-republic?comparisonGroup=region

Dominican Republic Government (in Spanish): https://presidencia.gob.do/

Creative Commons License
This guide by COCC Barber Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
See a problem on this page? Report it through the Library Website Feedback Form.