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Seek, and ye shall find: Accessing the global epidemiological literature in different languages

Isaac CH Fung

Author Affiliations

Department of Infectious Diseases Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK

Emerging Themes in Epidemiology 2008, 5:21  doi:10.1186/1742-7622-5-21

Published: 30 September 2008

Abstract

The thematic series 'Beyond English: Accessing the global epidemiological literature' in Emerging Themes in Epidemiology highlights the wealth of epidemiological and public health literature in the major languages of the world, and the bibliographic databases through which they can be searched and accessed. This editorial suggests that all systematic reviews in epidemiology and public health should include literature published in the major languages of the world and that the use of regional and non-English bibliographic databases should become routine.