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Indexing: Its Importance in Health Education Research

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Objective: Identify top indexes in the health education (HE) literature and suggest how health educators can improve literature searches and increase the accessibility of their research to others. Methods: A frequency count was performed of the databases that indexed 84 HE journals identified by a Delphi panel. The top 16 indexes were characterized and analyzed for journal coverage. Results: Current Contents, PsychINFO, Research Alert, SSCI, and ERIC provided the best coverage of the HE journals. Conclusions: Selecting the appropriate indexes can help health educators more effectively search the literature and publish in journals that best meet their objectives for disseminating knowledge.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Health Promotion, School of Family and Consumer Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH. 2: LOEX Clearing-house, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI.

Publication date: November 1, 1999

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