Health promotion and global development
Literature- and information resources for health promotion and global development
Welcome to the library's subject page for health promotion and global development!
This page contains resources and guidance relevant for health promotion and global development. Don’t hesitate to email us if you have questions, or contact the subject specialist directly (contact details at the bottom of this page).
Finding books on the shelf and borrowing
To find physical and electronic books you can search for the title in Oria. You find the shelf placement for physical books under "Get it" where it says "Location". Find guidance for using Oria here, and information about borrowing and renewing here.
All of the literature on course reading lists (curriculum literature) is available at the Library. We have at least one copy for borrowing and another copy for use in the Library only.
In Oria you can search in the library’s printed and electronic collections; books, journal articles, doctoral theses, dvds, and more. Guidance for using Oria gives information on how to log in, order materials, and search. You need to be logged on to be able to reserve books or order books or articles. Students and staff should use their Mitt UiB username & password.
Searches in Oria will find journal articles, but the advanced search capabilities there are somewhat limited. For a thorough literature search, it is advisable to use an abstract database to find articles:
- Web of Science is a large interdisciplinary database, covering a wide range of subjects from ca. 21000 journals. It is heavily focused on journal articles.
- PsycINFO is the most extensive database for psychological literature, covering ca. 2500 journals. It contains journal articles, books, book chapters, doctoral theses and more.
- MEDLINE is one one of the world's leading databases for medical literature, covering ca. 5600 journals. The content is very similar to PubMed.
- ProQuest Social Sciences is a useful platform for topics related to the social sciences, and allows searching many databases at the same time. It covers journal articles, books, research reports, theses and more.
Many other databases are also available, covering other fields - check our list of literature and database resources in Oria. Relevant databases can be found under "Medical and Health Sciences" (health), "Psychology and Pedagogy" (global development) and "Social Sciences" (gender, development studies)
Reports and official documents
Oria will find some, but it is often a good idea to search on the website of the organisation in question - many have a section for "documents" or "publications" (e.g. regjeringen.no). In Oria's database list you can find links to some large organisational archives, such as the official document system of the UN and the OECD ilibrary.
NORA indexes documents from Norwegian research archives - although search is basic, it can be used to find Norwegian research reports and working papers.
Books and theses
Oria will find many books and theses. Additionally, you can search directly on large ebook platforms for books (see below under "E-books"); or, for theses, you can search in ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (focuses on American and international works). You can also search for Norwegian bachelor, master and PhD theses directly in NORA.
Assistance and courses in literature search
Most programmes of study at the Faculty of Psychology include integrated optional courses in literature search. Assistance is also available via:
- Search & Write and PhD on Track have sections on search technique and strategies.
- Ask at the information desk in the library if you need help finding a particular book or article, or if you need basic guidance in how to search for literature.
- For more comprehensive help, use this application form to book an appointment with a librarian, or contact your subject contact (listed at the bottom of this page).
Some of the University Library’s books are only available in digital format. You can find guidance about the use of e-books here.
There are different ways to find e-books. By searching in Oria you will find most of the e-books we have access to. You can also search directly in e-book databases - this has an advantage, as your search words will be matched to fulltext (unless you choose to limit the search to «title»). This gives you better chances of finding relevant literature if the title of the book does not reflect the topic you are searching for.
ProQuest Ebook Central - Here we have access to books from many publishers. Usually you can download or print a percentage of pages of each book. With some titles you can download the full book for a 14-day loan onto your computer or e-reader for offline reading.
PsycBOOKS - These are books published by the American Psychological Association. This database also has a large number of older, classic titles where the copyright has expired.
SpringerLink - This is a database with both books and journals from Springer. Most of the journals from Springer will also be indexed in large index-databases, such as PsycINFO, Web of Science and MEDLINE.
Oxford Reference - Oxford Reference contains the full-texts of many dictionaries and encylopedias from Oxford University Press, covering areas such as health, psychology and the social sciences.
Oxford Handbooks - scholarly research reviews covering many subject areas, containing in-depth, high-level articles by scholars at the top of their field. Browse by subject, or search for terms. There are several relevant titles under Political science (e.g. Global Health Politics, Gender and Politics, Politics of International Migration), Psychology (e.g. Acculturation and Health, Social Psychology and Social Justice) and Sociology. The books can also be found in Oria - some are only available as physical copies.
Access from home
To get access to literature and databases that are paid for by UiB, you must open the resource via links from Oria, the Database list, or the University Library homepage. When opening the resource you may be presented with a "log on"-window (EZproxy) where you use your MittUiB logon username/password. It is also possible to use VPN. More information on working from home can be found here.
APA 6th /APA 7th
APA publication standard is one of many standards / formats for academic literature. The style includes norms for how a text should be structured, levels of headings, language style, rules for citing, and formats for citing various sources.
In autumn 2019 the updated version, APA 7th edition, was published. During the transitional period from APA 7th, APA 6th will probably be used or acceptable in many contexts. If you are a student, contact your supervisor/lecturer if unsure what you should use for your written assignments.
Guidance for writing in APA-style:
Install EndNote: Download EndNote here - both EndNote X9.3 and EndNote 20 are available. The newest version is EndNote 20; however, because it is so new, our user-guides are currently still based on X9.3. Instructions for download and install are available for windows and mac.
EndNote Online: EndNote Online (also called Endnote Web) is a web-based, "light version" of the EndNote desktop programme that does not require installation. See Getting started with EndNote Online and Synchronising with EndNote Online.
Sharing an EndNote library: You can share an EndNote library or group of references. This requires an EndNote Online account. See Sharing an EndNote library.
EndNote courses and guidance: Many library courses for the Psychology Faculty include an Endnote course. We also run open courses in EndNote (see the library course calender). Contact your subject librarian for enquires (info at the bottom of the page). For guidance, check:
Additional resources for academic staff
We have a number of resources for learning more about scientific writing and publishing, collaborations, and open research. You can read up-to-date advice on PhD on Track, take online courses offered by Nature (Nature Masterclasses), or order courses from the library. Read more about these resources here.
The library webpages also provide guidance about open science (e.g. Open Access: What, Why and How? and Open research data), as well as other aspects of publishing and research (e.g. Visibility of your research).
If teaching, you can also arrange for the library to provide an integrated, short course for your students, adapted to your requirements and your subject. We can cover various aspects of information literacy (e.g. searching, source evaluation, citation) - get in touch for enquiries.