From February 2017, information about the work of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow is available and updated on the University of Glasgow website.

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About the Library

The MRC/CSO SPHSU, University of Glasgow Library is a unique resource combining the collections from MRC's Obstetric Medicine Research Unit (University of Aberdeen) and Medical Sociology Unit (University of Aberdeen and then University of Glasgow) and CSO's Social Paediatric and Obstetric Research Unit and Public Health Research Unit (University of Glasgow).

MRC Libraries and other Library Networks

The MRC/CSO SPHSU, University of Glasgow Library is part of the MRC Library Network and its wider counterpart Research Council Library and Information Consortium (RESCOLINC). In Scotland it is part of the Scottish Health Information Network (SHINE), and the inter-library loan network for Health Libraries.


The Collection 

The topics covered are diverse and include Medical Sociology, Epidemiology, Statistics and Research Methods, Evaluation, Psychology, the Family and Gender studies, Ethnicity, Sexual health, Health and Social Policy.

The Library collection includes Books, Reports and Grey Literature, Journals and Theses.

A searchable catalogue of the Library stock is available here

Unit publications

A searchable database of MRC/CSO SPHSU, University of Glasgow publications (journals, reports & books) is available here

Obtaining papers & reprints

Abstracts of papers are available for most papers (2000 to date) through the Pubmed link below each publication link listing on our publications database. A current e-journal subscription will be required to access the full text or pdf reprints through the Pubmed link provided (Athens/Shibboleth/GUID password maybe also be required).

Where available a free open access link to the full text e-print version of a journal article has been provided for those without a journal subscription.

If you are unable to access a reprint of an article through the links provided or through your own library loans service the unit librarian may be able to provide you with a reprint.

Unit Reports: Occasional Paper Series 

Occasional Papers published by the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow are available in pdf format.

Other reports & resources

Click here to access the data files for the Carstairs Scores for Scottish postcode sectors from the 2001 Census.

A list of publications from the CSO funded Public Health Research Unit (Glasgow) is available here.

Additional Working Paper reports have also been produced by the unit, these are not publicly available. If you would like to receive a copy of a Working Paper please contact the librarian.

Some other reports which have not been called Occasional or Working Papers have been produced. A list is available here

Annual Reports

A list of and electronic copies of the Unit annual reports are available here