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Health Information Technology: Finding articles

Provides starting points for research in TCC's HIT Program

Article databases

The vast majority of free scholarly, peer-reviewed articles are in journals that TCC stores online.The easiest way to identify articles on your topic and retrieve the full text is to use the Library's databases. For HIM topics, we recommend the following databases. NOTE: We have created brief video tutorials for some of these databases to help you with searching; scroll down to the boxes below to watch the tutorials.

HIM (and related) journals available through the TCC Library

The Library has hundreds of health-related titles available both in print and through our databases.  The following are magazines and journals more specifically related to the work you do:

  • BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making: from 2001 to present in Academic Search Complete
  • Health Information Management: from 04/01/2005 to 04/30/2016 in Academic Search Complete 
  • Insurance and Technology: from  01/01/1992 to 05/31/2013 in ProQuest
  • Journal of the American Health Information Management Assn. [Journal Of Ahima]: from 2002 to present in Tacoma Community College's print holdings (ask at the Front Desk)
  • Perspectives in Health Information Management: from 2004 to present in PubMed Central


Video tutorial: CINAHL

Find academic, scholarly, and peer-reviewed journal articles in the the fields of nursing and allied health.

Explore CINAHL:

CINAHL tutorial:

Video tutorial: ProQuest

Find newspaper, magazine, trade journal and scholarly journal articles.

Explore the ProQuest database:

ProQuest tutorial:

Scholarly article vs. popular magazines

A scholarly journal is generally one that is published by and for experts. In order to be published in a scholarly journal, an article must first go through the peer review process in which a group of widely acknowledged experts in a field reviews it for content, scholarly soundness and academic value.

In most cases, articles in scholarly journals present new, previously un-published research. Scholarly sources will almost always include:

  • Bibliography and footnotes
  • Author's name and academic credentials

As a general rule, scholarly journals are not printed on glossy paper, do not contain advertisements for popular consumer items and do not have colorful graphics and illustrations (there are, of course, exceptions).

Popular magazines, on the other hand, are written by journalists for a lay audience, are not peer-reviewed, rarely contain a bibliography, and often contain advertisements and colorful graphics.

The following video is from the UW Libraries. For more information about scholarly, peer-reviewed articles see NCSU's Scholarly vs. Popular Guide, linked below.

Video tutorial: PubMed

Find more than 30 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content (i.e. not all articles will be available to you)

Explore PubMed:

PubMed tutorial:

Video tutorial: PsycArticles

Scholarly articles in the field of psychology.

Explore the database:

Video tutorial:

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