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HSC 332: Healthcare Legislation: Home

Provides an overview of the federal/state health policy legislative process, how it is implemented in institutions, and its effect on health science professionals and delivery of services.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this library session, students will know about:



1) ASU Library resources and services & 3 Library Accounts

2) Research Databases to find scholarly articles for your assignments

3) Searching strategies and methods to refine searches and save search results

4) Where to get examples and information on APA in-text citations and Reference List guidelines

5) Where to find more information on RefWorks and Write-n-Cite.

6) 1 way to get help: Ask-a-Librarian 

Your 3 Library Accounts

Access these accounts under 'My Accounts' on the ASU Library home page, http://lib.asu.edu

APA Solutions

Grob, R., Schlesinger, M., Davis, S., Cohen, D., & Lapps, J. (2013). The affordable care act's
      plan for consumer assistance with insurance moves states forward but remains a work in
      progress. Health Affairs, 32(2), 347-356. doi:10.1377/hlthaff.2012.1090

Hann, A. (2012). The individualisation of health: Health surveillance, lifestyle control and public
      health.  In Exworthym M., Peckham, S., Powell, M., & Hann, A. (eds), Shaping health
      policy: Case study methods and analysis 
(pp.233-248). Bristol, Great Britain: The Policy
      Press.  Retrieved from http://library.lib.asu.edu/record=b6311377~S3

Getting Started

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Research Databases


Academic Search PremierThis is a great starting place for any topic. It covers all subject areas, includes articles from both popular magazines and scholarly journals, and has lots of full text. 

Web of Science: Provides access to information about publications in approximately 5,800 of the world's leading scientific and technical journals in a broad range of disciplines.  

CQ Library - including CQ ResearcherCQ Researcher is an excellent source for comprehensive background information on current issues in the news. It is a reliable place to find balanced, unbiased overviews. These reports are meant to educate rather than influence researchers.  

Health, Psychology, Education

PubMed: The primary database of information in the medical and health sciences fields.  Open access searching interface for 'Medline.'  Includes references from several hundred nursing journals.

CINAHL: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. Leading research from publications in the fields of nursing and allied health from 1982 to the present.

PsycINFO: Provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines. All records from 1967 to the present are indexed using the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms.

ERIC (via CSA Ilumina): Premier U.S. database of education literature. Sponsored by the US Department of Education. Includes journal (EJ) and ERIC Document (ED) citations with abstracts; full text of ERIC Documents from 1993 to present.


Proquest (LexisNexis) Congressional: U.S. legislative information: hearings; committee reports; bills, bill tracking; Congressional Indexes; Congressional Record; Federal Register; Code of Federal Regulations; U.S. Code; Public laws; National Journal, Congress Daily, & member info. 

Proquest Legislative Insight: Congress produces a variety of publications as a bill moves through the legislative process on its way to becoming a law.  A compilation of these full text primary source publications produces a legislative history that is valuable to a wide variety of researchers.  Legislative histories enable users to trace the development of a public law from its early consideration to its enactment, including development that spans more than one Congress. 


Proquest Statistical Insight: Abstracting, indexing, and full text for publications from hundreds of public domain and licensed sources.  It includes indexes of statistical information produced by the state governments & selected private organizations.  Sources Covered: Statistical Reference Index (SRI), Index to International Statistics (IIS) and American Statistics Index (ASI) -- covering associations, business organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, state governments, university research centers, international non-governmental organizations and international intergovernmental organizations.  

Related ASU Library Research Guides

Arizona State and Local Government Information - by Dan Stanton, Government Information Librarian at ASU Library.  This is a guide to Arizona government information at the state, regional, county, and local levels. 


AHRQ - Agency for Healthcare Research and QualityThe Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's (AHRQ) mission is to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. As 1 of 12 agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, AHRQ supports research that helps people make more informed decisions and improves the quality of health care services.

NIH - National Institutes of HealthThe National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services External Web Site Policy , is the nation’s medical research agency—making important discoveries that improve health and save lives.

Thomas: Website for bill tracking and other information, at the Library of Congress

Congressional Research Service Reports

From Dan Stanton, Government Information Librarian's Library Guide page on the Library of Congress

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) serves as shared staff to congressional committees and Members of Congress. CRS experts assist at every stage of the legislative process — from the early considerations that precede bill drafting, through committee hearings and floor debate, to the oversight of enacted laws and various agency activities.

CRS approaches complex topics from a variety of perspectives and examines all sides of an issue. Staff members analyze current policies and present the impact of proposed policy alternatives.

While these reports are timely and thorough, they are not officially part of the legislative process and therefore are not distributed through the Federal Depository Library system.  Generally available on request from your members of Congress, many organizations realize the value of these reports and seek to collect them and make them publicly available.

APA Citation Style Resources

The Basics of APA Style - online tutorial via the American Psycological Assocation website

Citation Styles Library Guide - APA Style tab - APA Style resources (online and where to find the handbook in print at each ASU Library location)

Legislation Citation Example (p220 in APA Style Manual)*


1st example:

Mental Health Systems Act (1988)

or Mental Health Systems Act of 1988

2nd example:

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (2010)

or Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010

3rd example:

Bill that has not yet become law

Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act (2013)

Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013

Reference List

1st example:

Bill that has become law.

Mental Health Systems Act, 42 U.S.C. section symbol 9401 (1988).  Retrieved from http://congressional.proquest.com/legisinsight?id=PL96-398&type=LEG_HIST

2nd example:

Bill that has become law.

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, 42 U.S.C. § 18001 (2010).  Retrieved fromhttp://congressional.proquest.com/legisinsight?id=PL111-148&type=LEG_HIST 

3rd example:

Bill that has not yet become law

Mobile Medical Homeless Health Improvement Act of 2013, 2013 Bill Tracking H.R. 29; 113 Bill Tracking H.R. 29 (2013).  Retrieved from HTTP://congressional.proquest.com.ezproxy1.lib.asu.edu/congressional/docview/t03.d04.113_hr_29?accountid=4485

*APA states that it's preferable (when possible) to cite the codified statute from the U.S.C. (United States Code) - APA Manual page 220.  So it might be good to have an example of that format too.

I find this site helpful to find the USC info for a particular law: http://uscode.house.gov/popularnames/popularnames.htm

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