Library Community-Public Health Guide

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This guide is intended to connect you to our library resources and reliable websites to assist you in your research. Click on the tabs above for information on how to find books, articles, streaming videos, citation assistance, and more. Contact your librarian with any questions.

New Books

Click on the book cover to view these new books in our catalog. There, you will be able to see the item, check on availability, and request to have the book held for you to check out.

Health Careers Division


Community-Public Health Program

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Topic Guides

Check out some of our other topic guides.

Nutrition Topic Guide

Healthy food, stethoscope, nutrition, weights, workout equipment

Nursing Topic Guide

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Culinary Topic Guide

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Library Catalog

Find books, DVDs, government documents and more from any of the 5 CAC Libraries and all of the Pinal County Public Libraries.

If the book you want is at a different campus or one of the public libraries, hit the request button and enter your login information. Your barcode is found on your ID (not your 880 number) and your password is the last 4 numbers of your phone number.

Your student or staff ID is your library card. Check out 10 books for 3 weeks and 3 DVDs for 10 days.

Use the call number to find items on the shelf.

♦ R-Medicine

*Databases and eBooks are available only to CAC students, faculty and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard to access online journal articles and eBooks. In Blackboard, select ‘Library,’ then select ‘Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.’

  • R Medicine (General)
  • RA Public aspects of medicine
    • RA421-790.95 Public health. Hygiene. Preventative medicine
  • RB Pathology
  • RC Internal medicine
  • RD Surgery
  • RE Ophthalmology
  • RF Otorhinolaryngology
  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • RJ Pediatrics
  • RK Dentistry
  • RL Dermatology
  • RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
  • RS Pharmacy and materia medica
  • RT Nursing
  • RV Botanic, Thomsonian, and eclectic medicine
  • RX Homeopathy
  • RZ Other systems of medicine

Lists materials from libraries worldwide and can be checked out through InterLibrary Loan. Come and speak to a library staff member to request books.


American Mosaic eBooks

Under Legacy view, search eBooks by keyword(s) under Quick Search. You can also find Health and Wellness under Subject Category, which has a subcategory of Public Health.

eBook Collection (EBSCO)

A growing collection of books covering a wide range of topics. Search by keyword(s).

Gale Virtual Reference Library

Complete, full-text eBooks covering most topics including subject-specific encyclopedias. Search by keyword(s).

Instructional Videos

Here are some instructional videos on using your library account online and access the library’s eBooks. You can view more of our instructional videos on our YouTube page.

Journal Articles

Academic OneFile

In addition to using search terms in a keyword search, Academic OneFile lets you search in a way that gives you a good overview of the amount of articles on a certain subject.  For example: click on Subject Guide Search bar and enter public health to auto populate appropriate search terms.  Click on the link for Subdivisions to find articles on specific topics within the overall subject.


Access journal articles by entering your keyword(s) into the Search box. OmniFile also lets you search by subject. Click the Advanced Search link and select SU Subject from the drop-down Select a Field (optional) menu to the right of the search box.

CQ Researcher

Find in-depth reports on today’s issues. Search by keyword(s) or browse by topic. You can find the topic Health under Browse Topics.

Encyclopedia Britannica

Suggested Search Terms

Public health, Public health communication, Community health services, Community health workers, Public health personnel, Home health aides, Health education, Health promotion, Medical communication, Preventive medicine, Immunization, National health services, Preventive health services, Health

In regards to disease prevention, you can narrow your search by disease or type, such as ‘Skin disease prevention’ or ‘Lyme disease prevention.’ For broader results, use the phrase ‘Preventive medicine.’

Find broad information on subjects and people. Search by keyword(s).

Global Issues In Context

On the main page, search by keyword(s), view Issues of Interest, or Browse Issues. There are a variety of issues under the category of Health and Medicine, including Public Health and Infectious Disease.

Issues & Controversies

From the main page you can search by keyword(s) or browse by issue. There is a section for Recent Controversies and you can view All Issues by Subject or All Issues A to Z. There are multiple issues listed under the subject Health, Medicine, and Nutrition, including Public Health.

*Databases and eBooks are available only to CAC students, faculty and staff. For this reason, authorized users who are off-campus must log in through Blackboard to access online journal articles and eBooks. In Blackboard, select ‘Library,’ then select ‘Databases: Articles, eBooks, and Streaming Videos.’

Nursing and Allied Health Collection

A comprehensive collection of periodicals and reference content supporting health care professionals.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

On the main page, search by keyword(s), view Issues of Interest, or Browse Issues. There are a variety of issues under the category of Health and Medicine.

Pop Culture Collection

Search by keyword(s) for public health articles relating to pop culture.

Science in Context

On the main page, search by keyword(s), view Issues of Interest, or Browse Issues. There are a variety of issues under the category of Health and Medicine.

Streaming Videos

Films on Demand

Find full length streaming video by entering a keyword in the Search box. Click on the triple bar symbol to to view all subjects. Health Careers, Public Health, and more are found under the subject Health & Medicine.

Ethnographic Video Online

Search this comprehensive collection of videos covering the study of human culture and behavior by keyword(s).

Instructional Videos

Scroll through to view our research and database instructional videos or check them out on our YouTube page.

Helpful Websites

Arizona Community Health Workers Association

AzCHOW is a statewide organization of community-based advocates. AzCHOW provides an opportunity for Community Health Workers (CHWs) to speak with a collective voice, and has been advocating for the work of CHWs in Arizona since 2001.

Arizona Department of Health Services

The Arizona Department of Health Services administers mental health, disease control, environmental health, and family health services in Arizona.

Arizona Public Health Association

AZPHA is a membership organization for public health professionals and organizations. They protect and improve health in Arizona by being a voice on public health issues through advocacy and meaningful and relevant professional development and networking opportunities

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health, safety, and security threats.

The Community Guide

The Guide to Community Preventive Services (The Community Guide) is a collection of evidence-based findings of the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF). It is a resource to help select interventions to improve health and prevent disease in your state, community, community organization, business, healthcare organization, or school.

National Institute of Health

Begun as a one-room Laboratory of Hygiene in 1887, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) today is one of the world’s foremost medical research centers. An agency of the Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH is the Federal focal point for health research.

National Public Health Week

During the first full week of April each year, American Public Health Association brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.

Here are some reliable websites. Remember that anyone can put information online so it is always important to verify that what you find is accurate and unbiased.

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MLA 8th ed.


Lastname, Firstname and Firstname Lastname. Title of Book. Edition if needed, Publisher abbreviated, Year published.


Haenfler, Ross. Goths, Gamers and Grrrls: Deviance and Youth Subculture. 3rd ed., Oxford UP, 2016.

Journal article from a library database

Lastname, Firstname. “Title of Article.” Title of Journal, volume, issue, Publication date, pp (if there is no page number, use n.pag). Name of Database, online DOI/ permalink/ URL where found.


McDermott, Jim. “My Inner Zombie: Living with ‘The Walking Dead’.” America, vol. 213, no. 12, 26 Oct. 2015, p. 29. Academic OneFile,

MLA 8th ed handout

MLA 8th ed Citing Images and Tables

APA 6th ed.


Author, A. A., Second, B. B., & Third, C. C. (Year of publication). Title of book: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.


Wilson, F. (1998). The hand: How its use shapes the brain, language and human culture. New York, NY: Pantheon.

Article from a Magazine or Academic Journal

Author(s), A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year of Publication, Month Day if known). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.  {note: no pp. abbreviation here}


Craner, P. M. (1991). New tool for an ancient art: The computer and music. Computers and the Humanities25(3), 303-313.

APA 6th ed handout

APA 6th ed Citing Images and Tables

Purdue Owl

The Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab) is a very respected website that can provide guidance on many of the finer points of citing in MLA, APA 6th ed., or APA 7th ed.


RefWorks is an easy to use citation manager that can help you…

  • Access and manage research information online, from any browser.
  • Import references from CAC Library databases and websites.
  • Generate and format bibliographies in virtually any style (APA, MLA, Chicago, etc.) in seconds.

RefWorks is offered free to all CAC students and you can set up your account any time you are ready.  Simply follow the link below and create your account using your campus e-mail address.  After you create your account, RefWorks offers an easy tutorial when you get started.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact a librarian or the Learning Center staff with any other questions you might have.

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