This health care policy wiki was created as a guide for anyone researching the topic or for anyone with a general interest. As such a large topic, this wiki is not meant to be comprehensive. But, it will serve as a starting point. Many of the resources listed are ones not generally used in biomedical research (though some are).
THIS PAGE IS CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION
PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) – The PAIS International Online database indexes journal articles, books, government documents, statistical directories, grey literature, research reports, conference reports, publications of international agencies, microfiche, and Internet material. All areas of the social sciences, but especially social and public policy are covered. It includes publications from over 120 nations throughout the world. [UB Only]
Academic Search Premier – provides coverage of articles from more than 8,000 scholarly, trade, and general-interest periodicals in all disciplines. Approximately 4,500 of the periodical titles included in Academic Search Premier provide full-text of journal articles. [UB Only]
PubMed – The National Library of Medicine produces MEDLINE, the premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. The PubMed database provides free of charge access to all MEDLINE citations; in-process citations (PreMEDLINE); out-of-scope citations from MEDLINE journals; and citations that precede the date that a journal was selected for MEDLINE indexing. HINT: Try building a search using these MeSH terms – Health Policy; Health Care Economics and Organizations; Insurance Coverage; Universal Coverage
CINAHL – CINAHL provides authoritative coverage of the literature related to nursing and allied health. CINAHL also indexes publications of the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing and selected journals in the areas of consumer health, biomedicine, and health sciences librarianship.
LexisNexis Congressional – formerly Congressional Universe, is a LexisNexis product that indexes and provides selected full texts of Congressional publications, regulations, laws, legislative histories, and background information on members of Congress. Contents include:
- Bills: Provides full texts from 101th Congress (1989) forward.
- Congressional hearings: Provides full texts of complete hearings from 1824-1969. Witnesses’ testimonies are online from 1988 to date. However, this information reflects a partial hearing. Complete hearings also include dialogues among committee members and witnesses, and supplemental information inserted into the record. Consult the Libraries Catalog to access complete hearings, and the CIS collection for complete hearings held between 1970 and 2006 (Law library Koren AV Center MicFiche KF49 .C623). Selected complete hearings are also available through FDsys, the Government Printing Office’s new information portal, and committee Web sites.
- Committee prints: Provides full texts through 1969 and partial full text from the 103rd Congress (1993) to date.
- House and Senate reports: Beginnings through 1969, and selected reports from 1990 to date. (Will eventually provide full text of all reports from the early 19th Century through the present, but the entire series is not yet available.)
CRS (Congressional Research Service) Reports
Laws and regulations
- Public laws: Provides full texts from the 100th Congress (1988) forward.
- United States Code (current)
- Federal Register (from 1980 forward)
- Code of Federal Regulations (current)
- Members of Congress
- Campaign contributions
- Voting records
The texts of the following commercial publications
- The Hill
- Roll Call
- Washington Post (Section A)
CQ Electronic Library – contains full-text articles and bibliographic citations. It provides web access to:
· CQ Public Affairs Collection provides access to material on key public policy topics
· CQ Researcher covers weekly in-depth original reporting on major, controversial issues with complete summaries and bibliographies
· CQ Weekly focuses primarily on legislative news and analysis
Thomas (Library of Congress) – a database of Congressional and legislative information including bills, the Congressional Record -proceedings and debates of Congress, Congressional reports, legislative histories, and public laws. Most data published since 1989 are full text. Earlier resources are only cited.
Factiva – a database system which provides current and retrospective news stories, periodical articles, and financial data from thousands of sources worldwide, covering virtually every subject category. Factiva is a joint venture of Dow Jones and Reuters. It replaces the former Dow Jones Interactive (DJI) database, providing all of the content found in DJI plus an additional 2,000 sources.
New York Times Health Section – Features breaking news, columns, articles and video reports.
Washington Post Health News – provides coverage and analysis of health,healthcare,nutrition and fitness news,trends and policy.
Associated Press Health News – coverage includes breaking news across a wide variety of health topics, including policy.