Health Research for Non-Science Majors
This guide is intended for people interested in research on health topics from a social sciences or humanities perspective. Sargent College students as well as those interested in clinical health and medical research should use the Health and Rehabilitation Sciences guide.
Books about health topics and some journal articles can be found through the BU Libraries search bar on the library homepage.
Databases (Starting Points)
These databases contain literature meant for researchers in the health and medical professions, but may be a good choice if you fail to find what you’re looking for in the databases above.
MedlinePlus (US National Library of Medicine/NIH)
Check the data & statistics section for health statistics by country and the publications section for many free reports on global health issues.
For health statistics on the local and state level, please see the Community Health Assessment guide.
Polls & Public Opinion
Browse by topic to find public opinion on health, health care, abortion, bioethics, drugs, birth rate/fertility, right to die, violence/safety, and more.
Select “health” as a topic.
Reports on public opinion. Includes the Gallup “Well-Being Index” that shows the results of daily surveys of the well being of U.S. residents. Compare numbers over time or by state.
Click “topics at a glance” under the “data access” menu to find reports on public opinion on health care, medical research, and smoking.
Find current and historical newspaper articles with the BU Libraries’ Newspapers and News Media guide
More Health Topics
If you do not find what you need above, BU Libraries has additional guides on finding specific types of health information.
Health Sector Management (BU Pardee Management Library)
Health Care Law (BU Law Library)
If you require assistance, don’t hesitate to contact a librarian through our Ask a Librarian service. If you require in depth assistance with a health research topic, e-mail Kate Silfen, the health sciences librarian, at firstname.lastname@example.org.