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Finding Books

Reserve Books

Subject Headings

Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Career Related Links

Web Resources


Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Help

Health Information Technology Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.

Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc.

Examples of Subject searches include: medical records management, medical information systems, hospital information system, medical transcription, diseases classification, health information management (HIMS)

Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter than regular circulating books.

To search for a book on reserve in the Library Catalog, select from the pull-down menu, either Reserve Materials by Course or Reserve Materials by Instructor.

When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.


Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject.

Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on Health Information Technology include:

Medicine--Terminology R123
Medical Records RA976
Medical Transcription R728.8
Nosology RB115


Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books in Health Information Technology include:

American Medical Association . Current procedural terminology: CPT. Chicago : AMA Press.
RB115 .C17 John Adams Reference

American Medical Association ICD-9-CM: international classification of diseases . Chicago : AMA Press.
RB115 .I493 John Adams Reference

Jablonski, S. (Ed.). (2001). Dictionary of medical acronyms and abbreviations. (4th ed.) Philadelphia : Hanley & Belfus.
R123 .J24 2001 John Adams Reference

O’Toole, M. (Ed..). (2003). Encyclopedia and dictionary of medicine, nursing, and health. (7 th ed.) Philadelphia : Saunders.
R121 .M65 2003 John Adams Reference

Venes, D. (Ed.). (2001). Taber's cyclopedic medical dictionary. (19th ed.). Philadelphia : Davis.
R121. T18 2001 John Adams Reference



Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences between scholarly journal v. popular magazine articles?

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the Library either in person or online. More information about obtaining a library bar code.

Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Two databases within InfoTrac are good for HIT topics:
Health Reference Center Academic
Health & Wellness Resource Center
These two databases partially overlap in coverage, but each one has some unique resources.

"PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature." Indexes the Journal of AHIMA.



Advance for Information Professionals

Bi-weekly publication with articles on the HIM field. Affiliated with the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the American Association for Medical Transcription (AAMT).

HIM Connection
Weekly newsletter on health information management issues, such as coding and reimbursement, medical record documentation, JCAHO IM standards, etc.


Finding Web Resources

Below are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites for Health Information Technology. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.

Non-Acute Health Care Settings

The following are a sampling of recommended sites for learning about non-acute care health care settings. Sites chosen by faculty and students in the HIT program at CCSF.

Cancer/Tumor Registry

American Cancer Association

Center for Disease Control. Cancer and Tumor Registry


Stern and Associates

C.H.I.S, Inc.

Correctional Facilities

ACHSA: American Correctional Health Services Association

American Correctional Association

Dental Care

American Dental Association

Dental Education and Licensure in the United States and Canada: A Comparison

Home Health Care

Community Health Accreditation Program

National Association for Home Care


American Cancer Society

California Pacific Medical Center: Coming Home Hospice

CMS: Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services

Hospice Association of America

Hospice Education Institute

Hospice Net


Medicare: The Official Site for People with Medicare

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

National Institute of Nursing Research

Pain and Palliative Care Reporter

Long Term Care

ALTHA: Acute Long Term Hospital Association

ALFA: Assisted Living Foundation of America

Consumer Information About Long Term Care

American Health Care Association

Mental Retardation or Development Disabilities

AAMR: American Association on Mental Retardation

The ARC of the United States

Council on Quality and Leadership


American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

American Medical Rehabilitation Providers Association

International Academy of Life Care Planners

National Institute on Disability Research and Rehabilitation


American Animal Hospital Association

AHIVMA: American Veterinary Health Information Management Association

American Veterinary Medical Association

Coding References

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 17th ed.
Searchable online version, based on the 1999 edition, but with some topics updated more recently. This medical text is intended for health professionals. Access information through the table of contents or through keyword searching

DRG Weights

Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. Acute Inpatient Prospective Payment System
DRG Weights. Access to the Federal Register and DRG weights for 2004 and other years as well

DRG Trees

MindTools: Decision Tree Analysis
Information about decision trees. Important to review for national exam


Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS)
Includes the latest HCPCS Codes

Coding and Reimbursement Products

Ingenix Online
Formerly St. Anthony/Medicode/CHIPS/Delmar Publications

Coding Ethics

AHIMA: American Health Information Management Association
Search for coding ethics at this site.

Coding Guidelines

Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services
Search for coding guidelines through this agency’s homepage

AHA Central Office: ICD-9-CM coding

Coding Certification Preparation

CCS Prep Column
Select link for CCS Prep. Published in Advance for Health Information Professionals

Legal References

California Hospital Association – Consent Manual

California State Senate Bills

California State Budget

California State Budget Project—analysis of state budget (by non-profit group)

California State Government Reform

California Performance Review
Health & Human Services Recommendations:
Education, Training and Volunteerism:
Statewide Operations:

Consumer information and PHR (personal health records) products:

CapMed: Personal Health Record, Personal Health Key Personal Health Records

Electronic Privacy Information Center: Medical Records

Health Records Online

LAXOR: “The Personal Health Record Service”

My Patient Education

National Council on Patient Information and Education

Personal Health Records on the Internet

Personal Records Organizer

Synchart: It’s Your Health



Professional Organizations

The American Association for Medical Transcription

The American Health Information Management Association

The California Health Information Association

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
The is the accrediting body for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management.


Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)
The is the accrediting body for degree-granting programs in health informatics and information management.

Career Information

Jobscience: Specialized Health Resource
Job board for health information management and other healthcare professions. Includes link to the newsletter (registration required) which includes helpful tips and other information for job seekers.

Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
from the Occupational Outlook Handbook, U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.


Evaluating Sources

Evaluating Webpages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask
A UC Berkeley - Teaching Library Internet Workshops

Critically Analyzing Information Sources
Developed by Olin-Kroch-Uris Libraries at Cornell University.

Evaluating and Citing Source
A quick and easy check list to use when determining the quality of web documents. Prepared by Librarians at CCSF.


Need More Assistance?

For additional help you may contact the Reference Desk by phone at (415) 452-5543 or stop by the East and West reference desks at the Rosenberg Library.

Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library and Web Research Workshops
Fifty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for books, articles and information on the Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs available!

A+ Research and Writing
Hosted by the Internet Public Library.

Writing Process @ CSU
Colorado State University developed these guides which "focus on a range of composing processes as well as issues related to the situations in which writers find themselves."

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