Library and Information Services


Two professional librarians support the activities of the Sheps Center and provide support for the following services:

  • Quick consultation and routine requests, such as help with finding full-text articles
  • Submit your projects to us for HSRProj, a database of on-going health services research, was developed and is maintained at the Sheps Center and distributed through the National Library of Medicine.
  • Support for RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center research contracts (from topic refinements and white papers to full systematic reviews) and similar research projects
  • Systematic review-level of projects
  • Instruction for two bibliographic software packages, EndNote, and Mendeley.

Librarians also send monthly emails which list health services research and public health funding opportunities culled from and InfoEd SPIN to the Sheps Center and its collaborators.  Please contact the librarians if you would like assistance with setting up personalized funding email alerts.

Christiane Voisin

  • Acting Associate Director for Information Services (919) 843-2298

Sheps Center resources

The Sheps Center Library houses some pertinent reference materials, including basic statistical and demographic reference works; classic health services texts, North Carolina, AMA, and AHA guides; directories; and the Sage series on research.

A small number of current periodical titles are donated to the Sheps Center Library.

The Library also contains a special grey literature file compiled over the lifetime of the Center, the Rural/Policy Literature file, a file that held classic and ephemeral materials pertaining to rural health and health policy.

Due to space considerations, this file was reduced to materials covering the following topics:

  1. Materials related to original research projects performed at the Sheps Center and not available electronically, and/or historically significant
  2. Select publications that staff and researchers recommended retaining
  3. Publications containing raw data not available at other UNC libraries or online
  4. Original surveys, questionnaires, or “tools”
  5. Original hard copy grant applications of historical importance to the Sheps Center
  6. The Rural/Policy File is supplemented with information from newspapers, government documents, state reports, and other sources and librarians maintain a database of bibliographic records, electronic holdings and relevant PDF documents