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Global Health

Core Databases

Additional Databases

Additional Databases

Online Journals

Online Journals at McGill

  • McGill E-Journals A-Z
    Use quotations for exact titles. If journal does not show up at top of list of results, limit by format to "Journal/Magazine".

Open/Free Access Online Journals

  • Bioline International *not-for-profit electronic publishing service committed to providing open access to quality research journals published in developing countries.
  • Bioline Active Journals by Country *can be sorted by title, country or subject.
  • Biomed Central (BMC) *open access to biomedical journals ranging from ecology to molecular biology, public health to genomics.
    BMC journals by subject
  • BIREME *Portal of Journals on Health Sciences, mix of open access and subscription Journals (primarily in Portuguese or Spanish)
  • DOAJ *Directory of Open Access Journals (multisciplinary)
  • *promotes free access to medical journals, listed alphabetically, by specialty, or language.
  • Highwire Press *claims to be the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth! As of May 2007, this archive contained 1,714,694 free full-text articles. 37 journals were completely free sites, while 16 journal sites were reporting free trial periods, and 238 sites had free back issues.
  • Open Science Directory *free searchable database of the growing collection of articles free in developing countries. This site is provided by EBSCO Information Services.
  • PLoS: Public Library of Science *currently publishes 8 peer-reviewed, open access scientific and medical journals. Journal articles can be redistributed and reused according to the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License.
  • PubMed Central (PMC) *a free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH), developed and managed by NIH's National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The ever growing archive may be searched or browsed by title.
    UK Pubmed Central (UKPMC) *based on PMC, UKPMC provides a stable, permanent, and free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed UK publications.
  • SciELO: Scientific Electronic Library Online *provides an international, primarily open access, collection in Spanish and Portuguese.

Finding Legislation and Case Law

Finding Legislation and Case Law

Global Health

Foreign Laws

Finding Secondary Legal Materials

Finding Secondary Legal Materials

Periodical Indexes


Human Rights

Intellectual Property


Key Journals

General Statistical and Data Resources

General Statistical and Data Resources

For more information:

See Data & Statistics (McGill Library)

Statistics in Journal Articles

Statistics in Journal Articles Indexed in MEDLINE

When statistics sources don't contain what you want, journal articles may be the only source. Articles containing statistics can be found in MEDLINE by using subheadings applied to subjects you are interested in or by limiting search results on topics of interest by publication type:

1. Subheadings - two particularly useful:

/statistics & numerical data (/sn)
In PubMed: "MeSH term/statistics and numerical data"[MeSH]; or, "statistics and numerical data"[subheading] for free-floating subheading searches. In PubMed, "statistics and numerical data" as a subheading explodes by default to include the narrower subheadings "epidemiology"[subheading] - which includes "ethnology"[subheading] OR "mortaility"[subheading] - OR "supply and distribution"[subheading] OR "utilization"[subheading]
In Ovid MEDLINE: MeSH term/sn (statistics and numerical data) - Used with non-disease headings for the expression of numerical values which describe particular sets or groups of data. It excludes manpower distribution for which "manpower" is used and excludes supply or demand for which "supply and distribution" is used.
Year introduced: 1989
/mortality (/mo)
In PubMed: "MeSH term/mortality"[MeSH]; or "mortality"[subheading] for free-floating subheading searches. For deaths resulting from various procedures statistically but for a death resulting in a specific case, use "FATAL OUTCOME"[MeSH], not "MeSH term/mortality"[MeSH].
In Ovid MEDLINE: MeSH term/mo (mortality) - Used with human and veterinary diseases for mortality statistics. For deaths resulting from various procedures statistically but for a death resulting in a specific case, use FATAL OUTCOME/, not /mo.
Year introduced: 1967

2. Other useful subheadings to consider:

In PubMed: In Ovid MEDLINE:
/economics /ec
/epidemiology /ep
/ethnology /eh
/supply & distribution /sd
/utilization /ut

3. Publication types (available via "Limit"):

"Statistics" - Works consisting of presentations of numerical data on particular subjects.
Year introduced: 2008(1999)
"Tables" - Presentations of nonstatistical data in tabular form.
Year introduced: 2008(1999)

Sources to Support Universal Literature Access

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Information for Writers, Editors, and Publishers

Information for Writers, Editors, and Publishers


Multidisciplinary team

April Colosimo, Science

Maryvon Côté, Law

Eamon Duffy, Government Information

Genevieve Gore, Health

Michael David Miller, Economics and International Development


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