Reference Materials

Definitions of Rural

Academic Journals

For relevant papers pertaining to rural health services and research.

SRPC’s Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine

CJRM seeks to promote research into rural health issues, promote the health of rural and remote communities, support and inform rural practitioners, provide a forum for debate and discussion of rural medicine, provide practical clinical information to rural practitioners and influence rural health policy by publishing articles that inform decision-makers.

Canadian Rural Research Network

The CRRN offers a library full of rural research.  Additionally, the CRRN website offers information on upcoming rural research events,

National Collaborating Centres for Public Health

The six National Collaborating Centres (NCCs) for Public Health promote and improve the use of scientific research and other knowledge to strengthen public health practices and policies in Canada.  The National Collaborating Centres offer a variety of free online tools and resources for researchers and decision-makers. Listed below are the six different centres:

McMaster Health Forum

The McMaster Health Forum aims to be “a leading hub for improving health outcomes through collective problem solving” and offers a database (Health Systems Evidence) that offers a wide range of publications and reports on a variety of health-related discourses.

National Rural Health Association

NRHA offers a broad spectrum of publications representing the interests of the rural health community. These publications range from general human interest topics to specific cultural or scientific subjects and are available for sale to the general public.

USDA National Agricultural Library Rural Information Center

The Rural Information Center (RIC) provides services for rural communities, local officials, organizations, businesses and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America’s rural areas.

World Health Organization Library & Information Networks for Knowledge

The WHO Library is the world’s leading library on public health. It provides access to knowledge from WHO and other sources of scientific literature produced around the world. WHO Library resources and expertise also provide scientific evidence and knowledge to low- and middle-income countries through a set of low-cost/high-use initiatives.