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Information for Librarians:

Librarians should play an important role for safety researchers, practitioners, and policy makers. Their expertise is needed to help information-seekers to identify what they need. This is especially important in the field of injury prevention. Authors from more than 30 distinct professional disciplines produce material that is relevant to injury research and prevention. Their work is indexed across many databases and there is little overlap. SafetyLit's goal is to provide a single database where these articles may be found.

SafetyLit staff and volunteers review the contents of over 13 thousand current scholarly journals to find articles relevant to preventing serious injuries from accidents, interpersonal violence, and self-harm. The SafetyLit collection of literature begins with journal articles published in the mid-17th century concerning the safety of farmers, mariners, and miners, and continues with those and other topics to the present day. Although most of the literature in SafetyLit is written in the English language, the literature of many other languages is also represented. Material in other languages have titles and abstracts both in English and in the original language.

SafetyLit is a service of the SafetyLit Foundation in cooperation with San Diego State University and the World Health Organization. All SafetyLit services are presented at no cost and without advertising.


SafetyLit currently offers tutorials to assist with searching the database and the several options (pdf document, html version, RSS feeds) for accessing the Weekly Update Bulletin of recently published research findings.

Journals with articles in SafetyLit

Personal Bibliographic Management Software

All records in SafetyLit are immediately available to users of Zotero, Papers, Mendeley, and others. Article metadata is embedded with each webpage in both COinS and unAPI formats. Article metadata is also available for download in BibTeX, EndNote (enw), and Reference Manager (ris) formats.

Grey Literature

Beginning in early 2013, SafetyLit began adding doctoral theses; reports from government agencies and research organizations; and conference proceedings.

Open URL Link-Resolvers

We are working to accommodate link-resolvers to allow your patrons to easily access the full text of articles within journals in your collection.

SafetyLit Thesaurus

Except for identifying concepts and the terms that label them, work on the SafetyLit Thesaurus has slowed to a crawl until we identify a source of funding for the project. However, the existing thesaurus is tied to the SafetyLit search system to allow synonym-ring queries. Textword searches can performed using a strict/exact search for words in the title or abstract of a database record or a textword+synonym search may be performed. The textword+synonym search will identify all records that contain any of the thesaurus preferred or Used For terms for that concept. Further, this search will recognize Use Or conditions where the there is ambiguity. When a term such as "football" is entered, a prompt-screen will appear asking if the searcher seeks records about American football, association football (soccer), Australian rules football, etc. We look forward to identifying a funding source to support: 1) final taxonomy construction and testing; and 2) a team of indexers.

Titles and Abbreviations: Conformance With Standards

Work is underway to convert all titles to meet the RDA standards. Where specific guidelines are not provided by the RDA, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2002 Revision standards are used. All journal title abbreviations now meet ISO-4/ISSNIC standards.

SafetyLit welcomes volunteers. Please email us with questions, comments, or suggestions. Feedback on the website or the thesaurus is appreciated.


Revised 17 June 2015