|Alison (Ali) Konieczny|
|Office: FLITE 315|
MRIS 402 - Hagstrom
Health Information Management Principles
The snapshot of the Library Homepage below highlights the Find menu which is a good starting point to find various library resources, such as books, articles, journals, subject guides, etc.
Most of us start doing research using a search engine, such as Google. Because of the vast amounts of information and misinformation that can be found on the Internet, you must be sure to critically evaluate all information found on websites. Please see Criteria for Evaluating a Website for help with determining if a source is reliable.
If you're going to Google, Google Smart!. Consider using the Google Advanced Search or Google Scholar. You can set-up Google Scholar so that it will link you into articles that the library subscribes to. To learn how, click here.
Reliable information may be found in many types of library materials. Some examples, that are linked from the Find button include:
- Books that may be found in the online catalog. If you specifically want online books, please click here.
To find books on Healthcare Informatics consider using the online catalog and performing:
- Encyclopedias and other reference books can also be found in the Online Catalog, or please see our collection of Online Encyclopedias.
- Articles from Journals, newspapers, newsletters, and more can be found in Databases.
What is a database?? A nice definition is available from the Univeristy of Manitoba, that states that a database is "A collection of information organized in such a way that a computer program can quickly select desired pieces of data. You can think of a database as an electronic filing system." So, if you want to find information on a certain topic, such as HIPAA, you can do a keyword search to find the related files.
Some recommended databases for finding information on health informatics, "the clinical uses of computers and information technology (Hanson, Healthcare Informatics)" include:
This business database is helpful for finding information on informatics, containing content from thousands of journals that help researchers track business conditions, trends, management techniques, and corporate strategies. The Suggested Topics box is often helpful for revising your search.
This is a general database that will be useful for finding information on about any topic you can come up with! Start off using the Find Subject search box, and if you don't find your subject, use the search box at the top of the screen to search by keyword. Also consider switching to the Advanced Search that will let you limit your articles to particular journals, as well as to full-text, peer-reviewed, etc. Academic Onefile is a database that will have many similar articles, but will also have unique content, so try them both! Academic OneFile operates in the same manner as General OneFile.
PubMed with FLITE licensed Journal link-out
This is the largest biomedical database, with over 19 million citations. Search using keywords and then limit your search if necessary using the Advanced Search, related articles link, or selecting the Review link to see only review articles.
Click here for a PubMed tutorial
The Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) currently gathers information from more than 1800 journals. Use the CINAHL Headings subtab to get more subject-specific information on various topics. When you have found your subject heading, you may click on it to break your topic down by subdivision. Click on the refine search tab to add limits such as peer-reviewed or publication date limits. You can narrow and expand your search using the options available in this database.
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
eJournal of Health Informatics
Health Informatics Journal
History of Medical Informatics
Informatics in Primary Care
International Journal of Medical Informatics
The Internet Journal of Medical Informatics
Journal of Biomedical Informatics
Journal of Health Informatics in Developing Countries Journal of Informatics Education and Research
Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association
The Open Medical Informatics Journal
Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
In some databases you will see an option for a Text version of the document or a PDF version. In general, the PDF version is preferable as it is most often a scanned version of the original and will therefore contain the graphics. When e-mailing, printing, or saving a group of articles, be sure to select the full-text or PDF option if available.
Some databases contain little full-text, but allow you to link out to Ferris' holdings or the interlibrary loan request form. You will notice the Find it! links following individual citations that will indicate the availability of the article online, in the library, or the need to interlibrary loan the article. Click on the Go button and you will be taken to the online version, library holdings record, or interlibrary loan form to obtain the article you desire. See the example below:
Sample Article Link-Out:
The website, Guide to Popular vs. Scholarly Journals, is helpful for determining if the article that you are utilizing is from a scholarly source.
An interlibrary loan reminder, before requesting articles from interlibrary loan, please review the abstract and make sure that the article is on-topic. Also, please insure that the article is in a language that you speak, as some databases, such as PubMed index many non-English articles that have abstracts written in English. After you have evaluated the topical coverage and language of the article, please do not hesitate to request it through interlibrary loan if it is not available on campus.
Online Personal Health Records from AHIMA
Medical Informatics for Better and Safer Health Care from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Any more questions? Contact: Alison (Ali) Konieczny / Email / Phone: 231-591-3696 / Office: FLITE 315
Don't forget, you are welcome to come to the Oval Information Desk and ask for help any time. You can also call us 231-591-3602 or chat with us.
Last update: January 27, 2010