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Health Information Administration Research Guide

This guide is intended to help students complete research assignments in health information management.

How to Use the Guide

The purpose of this guide is to help you find credible information

-- journal articles, books, and other information sources -- for research assignments in health information management courses.  Most of the sources are available online from the Mundt Library. 

Use the tabs at the top of the guide to navigate the guide.

To do research:

  • on health information administration topics:  use the "Research health information management topics" tab for a list of research databases and resources for HIA research.
  • on medical or disease topics: use the "Research medical/disease topics" tab when researching medical topics such as diseases or pathology, It provides a list of research databases and resources for research on medical and health topics.

To learn more about doing research

  • To get started, go to the "Introduction to Research in HIA / HIM" tab.
  • To learn how to evaluate medical information, use the tab labeled "Evaluate health/medical information."  Because medical care and patient records can have life-or-death consequences, the information used by health care professionals when making decisions and performing work must be accurate and credible.
  • To learn how to create searches that produce better search results, use the "Search Techniques" tab
  • To get a full article when all you have is a citation and abstract for the article, use the "Get Full Text" tab. If a book, article or other item is not available in the Mundt Library or online, the library staff will get it for you through Interlibrary Loan.
  • The activities/searches demonstrated for the class "HIM 150 Introduction to HIM" are in the tab labeled "HIM 150 activities."

Important to know

  • Access to some resources, when off-campus, requires login using your DSU ID and password
    • Whenever you see the Lock symbol lock image indicates that off-campus access requires login with Library ID number & password, it indicates that access is restricted to students, faculty and staff of Dakota State University (that is, when off-campus, use will need to use your DSU ID and password)
  • Getting Help
    • Do ask for help when you need assistance.  Go to  Ask a Librarian. for help in searching and finding information.


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