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USP 143: The U.S. Health Care System: Places to Search

This guide supports the research activity of the USP 143 class that is an overview of the organization of health care within the context of the community with emphasis on the political, social, and cultural influences.

Books to Explore

Google Search Tip

Not sure how to find your topic at one of these sites?  Or, maybe, you don't like their search capability?  You can let Google help.  Now that you know about these organizations, use part of their URL and search with your topic.  For example, Google:

health-care reform site:rwjf.org

This will bring up results for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation specifically dealing with health care reform. 

Google Web Search

If you search here, be sure to use good search technique.  For example:

  • Include words like:  statistics OR data 
  • Use site:gov for government sites
  • Use tip above -- use a more specific URL to search a site

Google Journal Article Search

Remember to adjust for the correct span of years -- on the results page, set a custom range of years if the preset ones aren't quite right.

Article Databases

Each database will have a tool to limit to just the past few years, but each one will have it in a different place.  PubMed has it on their limits page, Web of Science has it on their main search page, and Business Source Premier has a slider tool you can see of the results page.  Check out some of the different ways to refine your search too.

Government Resources (Statistics)

The following are selected reference sources.  For more options, see our special list.

Other Authoritative Resources

Subject Guide

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Have Questions?

I am available to meet with you to help you use these tools and refine your search.