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This guide will help you to find and use all the available useful sources to help you get just what you need fast!

Starting Your Search

Here you can access helpful catalogue searches, where we've completed some of the first steps to get you started in your searching.

​TIP - When searching topics with two or more terms it is best to use phrase searching. By adding quote marks to your searches, such as "public health" you will be searching for those exact terms, next to one another, rather than randomly found throughout a text.​


Depending on your assignment you may also need to use one of our specialised databases. Databases are extremely useful tools for researching specific information, recent information and scholarly articles. Go to the database pulldown list to search for articles.


This is just a selection of the thousands of ebooks available

Types of Studies

Critical appraisal 

How do you know if a study is 'evidence based'?

Determining if study results are valid and evidence-based means you need to know how to 'critically appraise' it.

Critical appraisal is the systematic evaluation of clinical research papers in order to establish:

  1. Does this study address a clearly focused question?
  2. Did the study use valid methods to address this question?
  3. Are the valid results of this study important?
  4. Are these valid, important results applicable to my patient or population?

If the answer to any of these questions is "no", you can save yourself the trouble of reading the rest of it.

Critical appraisal tools

Joanna Briggs Institute

Critical appraisal tool downloads to assist in assessing the trustworthiness, relevance and results of published papers.

CASP Appraisal checklists

Eight critical appraisal tools to assess the trustworthiness, relevance and results of Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative Studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (CEBM)

Critical Appraisal worksheets for Systematic Reviews, Diagnostics, Prognosis, Randomised Controlled Trials, Qualitative Studies and IPD (Individual patient data).

Equator Network - Reporting guidelines for main study types

This international network seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health literature. Includes guidelines such as Randomised trials, observational studies case reports and more.

SIGN (Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network) - Methodology Checklists 

Methodology checklists for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, randomised controlled trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, diagnostic studies and economic studies.

BestBETs Critical Appraisal worksheets

Contains 13 Critical appraisal worksheets, including case-control checklist (including harm), cohort, diagnosis, prognosis, qualitative, randomised control trial, review or meta-analysis and more.

Public Health Databases

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet

The Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet is helping to close the gap by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. Fully searchable database produced by Edith Cowan University.

How to search HealthInfonet

New Public Health Items

Aboriginal Fields of Practice

Prehn, J., Krakouer, J., Fernando, T., Phelan, P., Russ-Smith, J., & Wheeler, A. (2021). 

Tackling Causes and Consequences of Health Inequalities : A Practical Guide

Matheson, J., Patterson, J., & Neilson, L. (Eds.) (2020).

A Public Health Guide to Ending the Opioid Epidemic

Butler, J.C.,  & Fraser, M.R. (Eds.). (2019).

Essentials of Managing Public Health Organizations

Johnson, J.A., & Davey, K.S. (2019).

Population health : A primer

Riegelman, R. (2019).

Essentials of Global Health

Sethia, B., & Kumar, P. (Eds.). (2018).