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Environmental & Occupational Health

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Finding Articles

The best way to find articles on a specific topic is to search in a database, most of which index thousands of articles in thousands of journals. Not all articles are available full-text online; some are in print only and some are not available from the Library except through Interlibrary Loan. To determine the availability of an article, most databases offer the FindText find text menu linkbutton.

Below are recommended databases for Environmental Health. 

PubMed PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Web of Science Multidisciplinary database providing access to citations from more than 12,000 research journals worldwide. Includes the following citation databases: Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present); Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present); and Social Sciences Citation Index (1900-present). Cited reference searching is available.

ScienceDirect (Elsevier) Provides access to abstracts, tables of contents, and full text of articles and book chapters in the physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

GreenFILE (EBSCO) Free research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment. Featuring hundreds of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect ecology. The total number of records is approximately 612,000, and full text is provided for more than 9,100 records from open access titles.

PolicyMap Web-based Geographic Information System covering the United States used to understand communities. With easy-to-use menus, PolicyMap is a “GIS tool for non-GIS experts” for those who need to visualize large amounts of data quickly and easily, often down to the census tract or block group level.

Google Scholar Searches for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed articles, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and reports across many disciplines and sources. On your first visit, set Google Scholar preferences: select "Settings," click “Library Links” on left menu, type "CSUN" in the box “Show library access links…” and click Find Library; check the box next to "CSU, Northridge - SFX Find It at CSUN;" and click the Save button.



Streaming Video

  • Environmental Studies in Video (Alexander Street Press)Streaming video collection addressing all realms of environmental studies, particularly ethics, policy, economics, law, sociology, planning, and environmental science. Access generously provided by Campus Quality Fee.
  • Health and Society in Video (Alexander Street Press) Streaming video collection defines and explores today's latest medical progress in health and wellness issues and their impact on society, with hundreds of premium documentaries, profiles, reports, and interviews. Access generously provided by NIH/NLM Women's Health Resources Dissemin
  • Docuseek2 Docuseek2 provides access to hundreds of streaming education videos from a variety of producers and distributors. You can search for a specific title or keyword, or browse videos by theme or title.ation Outreach Project.

Books about Environmental Health

Browsing: Books are arranged using the Library of Congress Classification system.  Listed below are some important Environmental and Occupational Health classes and subclasses.  

RA421-790 Public Health

RA1190-1270 Toxicology 

RC963-969 Industrial medicine.

T55-55.3 Industrial safety

These books are located on the fourth floor of the library. Additional locations possible are the Reserve Room (Floor 4 East WIng), Stored(ASRS East), and the Reference Room. Floor 3 may also have occupational health legal material in Library of Congress classification KF.

Searching:  Use the Library Catalog to find books on a topic. If you don't know a specific title, then start with a KEYWORD search.   The following links search the catalog with  SUBJECT HEADINGS: 


Web Sources

Environmental Health Data & Statistics 

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR serves the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and diseases related to toxic substances.

Public health statistics
Environmental Defense Fund Scorecard and enter your zip code to find out about pollution in your area.
(National Library of Medicine) offers links to the Toxnet databases (e.g. HSDB, ISIS, Toxline)
 an agency of the U.S. federal government which was created for the purpose of protecting human health and the environment by writing and enforcing regulations based on laws passed by Congress.
the mission of CalEPA is to restore, protect and enhance the environment, to ensure public health, environmental quality and economic vitality
Science.gov searches over 60 databases and over 2200 selected websites from 15 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results. Science.gov is governed by the interagency Science.gov Alliance
Datasets, tools, and applications gathered from agencies across the Federal government.
National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health has Health Statistics, Data Repositories, and useful tools from Global agencies and U.S. Government entities.
Data from 219 countries and areas on the prevalence of HIV infection and AIDS cases and deaths.
Contains current data from surveys such as the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS), the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), birth and mortality detail files, National Immunization Survey, Longitudinal Study of Aging, and National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG).
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) Providing National and World Leadership to Prevent Workplace Illnesses and Injuries
Partners: Environmental Health A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations and health sciences libraries
USA.gov -Data and Statistics site has statistics from Environment, Energy, and Agirculture to  Family, Home, and Community, to Health and Nutrition data.
The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology.


Labor Data & Statistics


Databases, tables and calculators by subject.

Cal/OSHA The Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH), better known as Cal/OSHA, protects workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California through its research and standards, enforcement, and consultation programs.

International labor statistics, standards, key indicators of the labor market, labor force surveys, safety, work conditions, child labor, and labor legislation.
Contains international policies and data on employment, health, families and children, pension systems, international migration and other social policies and data. Downloadable files in Excel, CSV, PC-axis, or XML.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a federal organization (part of the Department of Labor) that ensures safe and healthy working conditions for Americans by enforcing standards and providing workplace safety training.

Provides detailed, comparative tables for social protection systems for 31 countries. Areas covered include financing, healthcare, sickness, maternity, invalidity, old-age, survivors, employment injuries and occupational diseases, family, unemployment, guaranteed minimum resources and long-term care.