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Pandemic Flu - Public Health Research Guide

This guide focuses on the law related to efforts in preventing, detecting and containing human influenza on the international, regional and national level.

Secondary Sources


To retrieve more publications on Pandemic Flu, consult the library's catalog and conduct a subject search for:

  • Communicable Diseases
  • Epidemics
  • Epidemics -- United States -- Prevention
  • Influenza
  • Influenza -- United States -- Prevention

Journal Articles

Consult the Research Guide on Using Articles for Legal & Non-Legal Research for assistance in locating articles on pandemic flu.

Medical Journal Articles

  • Medline
    This is the most important index for U.S. medical journals, and includes many international ones as well. Medline (Ovid), see below, is the best way for Georgetown students and faculty to use Medline, because the full text of some articles are available. Medline is also available for free on the Web (without full text) through the PubMed service at the National Library of Medicine. It is also available as a database on Lexis (Legal > Area of Law - By Topic > Medical > Medical Reference > Medline References) and Westlaw: MEDLINE (without full text of articles).
  • Medline (Ovid) (1951- ) A version of Medline with access to the full text of many articles. Available to Georgetown faculty and students only through the Medical Center's Dahlgren Library. (Georgetown Law on-campus access only)

Public Health Journals

Below is an alphabetical list of leading public health journals and periodicals with a focus on infectious diseases.

Health Care Administration/Management Journals

  • Health Business Elite Database (Georgetown Law on-campus access only)
    Covers topics such as hospital management, hospital administration, marketing, human resources, computer technology, facilities management and insurance. Contains full text content detailing all aspects of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management from more than 450 journals such as Harvard Business Review, Health Care Financing Review, Health Facilities Management, etc.

Government Reports


The following are non-partisan government reports on various aspects of influenza pandemic.


  • Global Health Security Index 
    Comprehensive assessment and benchmarking of health security and related capabilities across the 195 countries that make up the States Parties to the International Health Regulations. The GHS Index is a project of the Nuclear Threat Initiative and the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and was developed with The Economist Intelligence Unit.
  • PolicyFile (1990-) (Georgetown Law only)
    Indexes and abstracts public policy research and analyses originating from think tanks, university research programs, research organizations, and publishers (includes GAO Reports, but not CRS Reports). Where available, access to home pages and full text are made available within individual abstracts. This index also includes data visualization tools that is intended to demonstrate and track preparedness for major epidemics of countries and regions around the world. 
  • PAIS International (1972-) (Georgetown Law On-campus access only)
    Indexes public policy and public affairs literature.
  • CQ Researcher  Weekly publication covers the most current and controversial issues of the day with complete summaries, insight into all sides of the issues, bibliographies and more. It published a report on the Avian Flu Threat on January 13, 2006.
  • Congressional Research Service Reports (CRS Reports)
    These are non-partisan and in-depth reports produced by the Congressional Research Service, the research arm of the Library of Congress, on a variety of topics for Congress. They are not widely available, but a few libraries have been collecting and making them accessible:

Current Awareness