Electronic Databases

Health Reference Center Academic

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Health Reference Center Academic indexes articles from medical and general interest periodicals. Articles cover a wide range of health topics including fitness, pregnancy, medicine, nutrition, diseases, alcohol and drug abuse, HMOs, prescription drugs, etc. Full text is provided for many but not all of the articles. This database also includes full text material from medical reference books and pamphlets issued by health organizations. Coverage is from 1980 to present. The database is updated daily.


To begin a basic search, choose Subject guide or Keyword search from the options on the left side of the screen. Type your search term in the search entry box and click on the Search button. If your search results in too many matches, you can go back to the first search screen and select one of the Limit Search options displayed. You will be able to narrow your results by date, by journal name or to articles with full text only.

If your subject search matches an entry in the subject guide, you will see a list of topics and subtopics to review. If no matches exist in the subject guide, the database will automatically try a keyword search. Keyword searching will match words you typed to words that appear in article titles or abstracts. Keyword searching is especially useful in combining terms to narrow the focus of the search.

Several useful features are available on the left side of the screen. The Dictionary lets you look up a word during your search session. It provides definition, pronunciation and date the word was first used. The Help command provides explanations for the search feature currently in use; within the help screens there are links to explanations of additional search features.

Advanced searching

An advanced search offers more options for searching. To begin, choose Advanced search from the options on the left side of the screen. Searches include subject, keyword, text word, title, author, journal name and abstract. Start by highlighting the type of search from the Select Index window and then type the search word or phrase into the search box. with options for printing or e-mail delivery appear on the left side of the screen and at the end of the articles. You can also link to articles on related topics. You can mark specific records to create a customized list by clicking on the small box next to each citation that you wish to save. To see your list, click on View mark list.

The Health Reference Center Academic is available through MINITEX or your local Minnesota public library or Minnesota school media center.

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This page was written by Mark Ranum in February, 2003.
This page was last updated on September 22, 2003.