To find information on the latest health studies, research institutions such as the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality are excellent resources. They've created databases (listed below) to help connect you to original research studies, reviews and reports. Additionally, the Boston Public Library subscribes to several databases that link to professionally published articles on health research.
If you have questions about searching these databases or obtaining the full text of any articles cited, please ask a librarian for assistance or take a look at our database "how-to" section below. For articles that cannot be accessed full text from a database and are not available in print at the library, we may be able to order a copy through Interlibrary Loan.
Health research is frequently reported in the news, but these reports often summarize studies and may leave out important information. Understanding how researchers design studies can help you determine whether the study results you're reading can be generalized to the broader public. Here are a few questions the National Institutes of Health recommends asking when reading about health research in the news: