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 websites on your topic. As well, below are some websites you might find useful:

General

Government

Coding & Health Management Associations

Coding, Health Care, Compliance and Billing Sites

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.