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Public Health: Three Ways of Searching

I. OneSearch

OneSearch allows you to search not only CUNY's catalog, but also journal articles and digital collections. In a nutshell, it searches everything.

*OneSearch requires a double login: the first login is with your Barcode - located on the back of your SPH ID card and starting with the numbers 27674. (Some results are suppressed when searching off-campus and you're not logged in). The second login is when you click on Full text available within your OneSearch results; you will use the login credentials as noted in this LibGuide's homepage.   

II. Databases

III. E-Journals

If you're looking for a particular journal.


PubMed Video Tutorials

PubMed Cheat Sheet (pre-filled/filtered searches)

Boolean Searches

Phrases, Truncation, AND, OR, and NOT

Boolean Operator Example


Use quotation marks (" ") around any phrase that you want to search as an exact phrase. 


typing "anterior cruciate ligament" will search for anterior cruciate ligament as a phrase, not just the individual words anteriorcruciate and ligament


Search for all terms of the phrase using the stem followed by an asterisk (*).



All of the following search terms might be useful: psychologypsychologistpsychologistspsychological. All these words have the stem psycholog

In this case, you would type psycholog* 

AND and OR:

You can use AND to narrow your search.

You can use OR to broaden your search.


psycholog* AND prison (this search query is more specific, narrower than just using prison by itself)

psycholog* OR prison (this search would produce a wider set of results)


Using NOT will indicate what you want omitted from the search.


if you're researching marsupials, but not kangaroos, then you enter: marsupials NOT kangaroos

Combining AND, OR, and NOT:

If you need to use multiple Boolean search operators, use parantheses ( ), or separate search boxes to cluster the terms. 


dogs AND (cats OR kittens) (You're placing synonyms, using OR, within parantheses.)


Research Examples:

1) Let's say you're researching the psychological effects of prison 

    You would type in: 

          psycholog* AND (prison* OR incarcerat*) 

    Noteincarcerat* would search for incarcerationincarcerate and the plural forms of said phrases. 


2) Another search topic could be income inequality and education in New York City

    You could search for: 

          income inequality AND (education OR college OR higher education) AND (New York City OR NYC)

    Note: you can see the [possible] difference in results if you put income inequality in quotations.