Health Information 101 Research Guide

This guide will help you get started with finding books, articles and credible web sources on your topic. If you need further assistance, please come to the library for a consultation with a reference librarian.

How do I find a book?

The best way to look for books on your topic is to search the library’s online catalog. Type one of the subject terms below into the text box, set the search to “Subject Browse,” and click Search.

  • Community Health Services—organization & administration
  • Information Systems—organization & administration
  • Medical Records—Law and legislation
  • Forms and Records Control
  • Information Systems—periodicals
  • Medical Records—Management
  • Health—Information services—Periodicals
  • Management Information Systems
  • Medical Records—Standards
  • Health services administration—Periodicals
  • Medical informatics
  • Medical Records Systems, Computerized
  • Hospital Records
  • Medical Records
  • Medicine—Information services—Periodicals
  • Information resources management
  • Medical Record Administrators
  • Medicine—Information technology
  • Information storage and retrieval systems
  • Medical Records—collected works
  • Practice Management, Medical

As well, you can try doing a keyword search. Type your own search terms in the text box, set the search to “Keyword Relevance Search,” and click “Search.”

How can I find articles on my topic?

To find articles, use the database listed below:.

EBSCOhost—Use “Academic Search Complete” and “MasterFILE Complete” for articles from scholarly journals as well as popular magazines and newspapers. Also, you can use “MEDLINE,” “Health Source—Consumer Edition,” and “Alt HealthWatch” to find materials on your topic. “CINAHL Plus” and “Health Source — Nursing/Academic Edition” also index journals from many medical disciplines.

Is there a way to find credible internet sites that my instructor will approve of?

The internet is a valuable research tool, but you have to keep in mind that anyone can put anything they want on the web. As a student, you need to think critically about the sources you find, and you need to evaluate the information. Important points to consider are criteria like authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage.

Subject directories like ipl2, INFOMINE, and Open Directory Project are great places to search for credible information. Try any of these directories and either browse by topic or type in search terms to find web sites on your topic. As well, below are some websites you might find useful:

General

American Health Information Management Association
URL: http://www.ahima.org

California Health Information Association
URL: http://www.californiahia.org

Federal Register
URL: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
URL: http://www.jcaho.org

Health Care Financing Administration: Medicare Learning
URL: http://www.cms.hhs.gov/medlearn/default.asp

National Center for Health Statistics
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs

California Code of Regulations
URL: http://www.calregs.com

Code of Federal Regulations
URL: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html

GPO Access: Official Federal Government Information
URL: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/index.html

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS Programs & Information)
URL: http://cms.hhs.gov/default.asp?fromhcfadotgov=true

Health Information Management (HCPro)
URL: http://www.hcpro.com/health-information-management

Government

3M Health Information Systems
URL: http://www.3m.com/us/healthcare/his

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (HCFA)
URL: http://cms.hhs.gov

Department of Health & Human Services
URL: http://www.hhs.gov

FedWorld.gov
URL: http://www.fedworld.gov

Healthfinder (trademark)
URL: http://www.healthfinder.gov

Information for State Health Policy Program
URL: http://www2.umdnj.edu/ishppweb/homepage.htm

National Center for Health Statistics
URL: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
URL: http://www.nih.gov

Office of Rare Diseases
URL: http://rarediseases.info.nih.gov

Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development
URL: http://www.oshpd.cahwnet.gov/

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: Info for Health Professionals
URL: http://www.fda.gov/oc/oha/default.htm

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
URL: http://www.ahcpr.gov

Code of Federal Regulations
URL: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/cfr/index.html

Federal Register
URL: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html

Government Printing Office
URL: http://www.access.gpo.gov

HHS-Office of Inspector General
URL: http://oig.hhs.gov

Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations
URL: http://www.jcaho.org

NCQA: National Committee for Quality Assurance
URL: http://www.ncqa.org

National Library of Medicine
URL: http://www.nlm.nih.gov

Social Security Online
URL: http://www.ssa.gov

Thomas: Legislative Information on the Internet
URL: http://thomas.loc.gov

Coding & Health Management Associations

American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC)
URL: http://www.aapc.com

American College of Legal Medicine
URL: http://www.aclm.org

American Medical Informatics Association
URL: http://www.amia.org

HFMA: Healthcare Financial Management Association
URL: http://www.hfma.org

Medical Group Management Association (MGMA)
URL: http://www.mgma.com

American College of Healthcare Executives
URL: http://www.ache.org

American Health Information Management Association
URL: http://www.ahima.org

Health Care Compliance Association (HCCA)
URL: http://www.hcca-info.org

Medical Association of Billers
URL: http://www.physicianswebsites.com

National Association of Health Data Organizations
URL: http://www.nahdo.org/

Coding, Health Care, Compliance and Billing Sites

American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA)
URL: http://www.healthlawyers.org

Health Hippo
URL: http://hippo.findlaw.com/hippohome.html

World Health Organization
URL: http://www.who.int/home-page

How do I get more help finding sources for my topic?

If you feel like you need help getting started, finding more detailed materials, or if you have any questions in general, please feel free to come to the library and ask a reference librarian for help.

If you have trouble accessing this page and need help, contact a librarian at the reference desk at (714) 484-7069.