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Health Information Science / Health Informatics

A guide to health information science resources at UVic Libraries

How to use this guide

This guide is organized by content type (articles, books, etc.) to allow you to explore the various resources available to support you in your research. 

If you are new to UVic or the Health Information Science program, you may want to explore the Virtual Library Orientation modules below.  This is a series of short modules (10-15 min each), and a more interactive way to learn about UVic Libraries, how to search for information, and additional supports to help you through the research and writing process. 

Click on this image to view the welcome video
Click on this image to begin module 1: overview.
Click on this button to begin module 2: key suppor
Click on this button to begin mod 3: search tools
Click on this button to begin mod 4: search basics
Click on this image to begin mod 5: search booster

Steps to conducting research

Familiarize yourself with the jargon and narrow down your topic

  • Look for scholarly sources on the topic: Course reserves, required readings, Encylopedias, Dictionaries and Handbooks are a great way to familiarize yourself with a topic.
  • Once you identify a topic and find some preliminary information, you need to locate more "peer-reviewed" or "scholarly" information from refereed journals (check your instructor's notes in your assignments)

Finding articles using databases 

  • Search using key concepts and keywords in databases like Library Search, Google Scholar and MEDLINE, among others

Read the sources located in the preliminary research to determine

  • what research questions have been generated from the topic
  • from what perspective you may approach this topic
More in-depth research on your topic
  • Use Boolean Operators AND, OR, NOT to combine search terms
  • Use Quotes to search as a phrase, parenthesis to combine synonyms or related terms, and use limits for dates, gender, primary sources, etc.
  • Contact your subject librarian for more help with starting your research and locating articles
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