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Minority Health Resources: MSU Databases


MSU Libraries subscribes to many databases which could be used to find minority health resources. We have selected a few of the most commonly used databases below and identified some basic minority health search strategies. To find more databases please use the libraries Electronic Resources: Databases' page.

*TIP* the databases listed below (except PolicyMap) and the associated search strategies use Boolean Logic (AND, NOT, OR) to combine concepts when searching. A primer on Boolean Logic can be found at the National Library of Medicine:

Many databases also use controlled vocabularies to increase the precision of searches. Using these vocabularies in combination with keywords will make your searches more relevant.

If you are working on a specific minority health research question or need help searching a database please contact a health sciences librarian for further assistance (contact information on this guide's "Intro" tab).

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Because of the breadth of the topic, minority health can be difficult to search for in PubMed with precision. The National Library of Medicine has developed a relatively comprehensive search strategy for health disparities and minority health research in PubMed:

A short, general search one could perform is:

(health status disparities [MH] OR health status disaprit*[TIAB] OR healthcare disparities [MH] OR healthcare disparities [TIAB] OR healthcare disparity [TIAB] OR minority health [MH] OR minority health [TIAB])

Use AND to combine this string with specific population and/or condition keywords and Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) to narrow the search

One broad search string in Embase with keywords and Emtree Headings could be:

('social determinants of health'/exp OR 'minority health'/exp OR 'minority health' OR 'health disparity'/exp OR health AND dispar* OR 'health care disparity'/exp)

Using AND combine that search string with specific population or condition keywords and Emtree Headings to narrow the search.

A broad search string for CINAHL using both keywords (TX) and CINAHL Headings (MH) could be:

(MH "Healthcare Disparities") OR (MH "Health Status Disparities") OR (TX "health disparit*") OR (TX "minority health")

Using AND combine that search string with specific population or condition keywords and CINAHL Headings to narrow the search.

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