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Health Information Management Research Guide

Find Topic Overviews and Definitions in Reference Books

Reference Books Accessible Online

If you need to find definitions and/or background and overview information on a topic, reference books (such as specialized encyclopedias and dictionaries) can be helpful. 

The library offers the following two multidisciplinary reference databases that allow you to search hundreds of online reference books simultaneously:

Multidisciplinary Online Reference Databases:
Medical Encyclopedia and Medical Dictionaries:

Look for the "Search within publication" feature.  Then enter keywords to pull up the definitions or specific sections of the book that relate to your topic of interest.

Sample eReference Works on the Open Web:

Selected E-Books

Find Books at Mesa

Access and read ebooks online.

If you are looking for a specific book title ... or if you need to track down books on a particular subject for a research project, search SDCCD Books+ to see what Mesa has to offer.

Our collection incudes both electronic books that you can access and read online 24/7, and print books that you can borrow to read at home.  Just keep your student ID handy.  You will need the actual ID card to check out print books, and you will use your ID# to log on to e-books. Note that you are also eligible to request print books from the City and Miramar .




Use the San Diego CIRCUIT Catalog to Find Books @ Public Libraries & Universities

Logo for San Diego CIRCUIT Consortium

If the books you need are not available at an SDCCD campus, try searching the San Diego CIRCUIT Catalog

The CIRCUIT interface allows you to search for and request books from the collections of SDSU, UCSD, USD, CSUSM, San Diego Public Library system, and San Diego County Library system libraries.  Connect to the San Diego CIRCUIT website to learn more about how to use this free interlibrary borrowing service that is available to anyone with a public library card.

San Diego Circuit Consortium Catalog