Skip to main content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

BHSW 2500 Library Research Resources

Prepare for Research

If this is your first time researching a topic using Library resources, review the content of the Library Research Tutorial: The Basics research guide.

The guide will walk you through developing a research question, identifying the right type of information for your project, choosing keywords, finding information, and evaluating what you've found.




Scholarly Journals

Academic or 'scholarly' journal articles are those that have been researched and authored by professional researchers or experts in a particular field.

Unlike the entertainment or news-driven information commonly found in magazines and newspapers, scholarly journals have been written with an audience of researchers and academics in mind. For research, particularly within the field of health sciences, scholarly journal articles are the leading source of information.




Peer reviewed articles have undergone a process of evaluation by subject specific experts (peers) to ensure that information is accurate, high quality, and academically sound. Peer reviewed articles contain original research to be shared with researchers and other professionals.

Not all articles are peer reviewed. To find peer reviewed articles:

  • Look for a "Peer Review" or "refereed" search limiter when conducting your search (see example below)
  • Check the website of the publication your article was published in. Most journals will state whether the articles within are peer reviewed.

News Articles

Public health and safety are topics frequently discussed in the media. Newspapers report on current issues and trends that affect the public, so reviewing news articles is a good way to learn about current workplace health concerns and challenges, while developing an understanding of how the public feels about an issue.

Humber Libraries provides access to hundreds of newspaper publications from Canada and beyond. There are two ways to search for newspaper articles at, outlined below.

Web Information

Whenever you do research, use sources that are the best quality and best suited to your research task. Library resources are often your best bet in terms of the variety, relevance and quality, but web research can also lend valuable information to your assignments.

When researching the prevalence, risk factors, and public health initiatives related to your workplace health concern, credible websites are a great source. Here you'll find tips and tricks on how to conduct web searches effectively.

Crunching Numbers: Exploring Canadian Statistics

Statistic data provides numerical detail on how Canadians are affected by, or relate to, a wide range of health topics.

Data on the health of Canadian citizens includes information on topics such as birth/mortality rates, obesity prevalence, healthy eating and physical activity, and perceived mental and physical health, and much more.