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Health Care Administration: Houston: Articles/Databases

Health care administration research guide for TWU students, faculty and staff.

Tests and Measurements Databases

Do you need to find a test with internal validity and reliability? Use these two databases to search on your subject (like hand strength) and then see journal articles and more written about  the reliability and validity of such tests, telling you what level of trained person is needed to conduct the test and also revealing the quality of the test, among other essential factors . Find the fulltext of the articles in another database like PubMed, Academic Search, or at TWU Libraries E-Journals (above, on this page), and you have all the great full text you need to succeed! 

Internet Databases

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NEED A FEW GOOD ARTICLES?   Go to a database like Academic Search Complete, ask for your subjects one in each search box, and click Search with And, Then see your results numbers at the right of the screen.  Move down on the left, Limit your articles to those in  Full Text and the last five years to see the latest on your topic. Export to your RefWorks account to create a beautiful bibliography, too!

APA 6th ed Style and DOIs

The American Psychological Association (APA) Publication Manual, 6th edition, published in 2010, has been updated. When citing sources found online (electronic), the reference listing requires a prefix to the DOI:  This update is available through TWU Libraries.

An example of this is:

Kondo, T., Kishi, M., Fushimi, T., Ugajin, S., & Kaga, T. (2009). Vinegar intake reduces body weight, body fat mass, and serum triglyceride levels in obese Japanese subjects.Bioscience, Biotechnology, and Biochemistry, 73, 1837-1843.

The difference is that the old format had the letters doi and then a colon (:) as a prefix to the number; this annotation is out of date and replaced by the component. This updates parts of APA chapters 6 and 7, especially 6.14, 6.30, 6.31, 6.32, 7.01 through 7.11.

The rationale is that the DOI, developed by publishers, has further developed improved stability in linking to registration sources (like, but not limited to CrossRef at for access their materials.

Caveats are that DOIs are still optional, some publications have no DOI, other publishers have retrospectively assigned DOIs (to older articles), and some webpages have DOIs.  Remember, too (per APA Publication Manual, 6th edition example 7.01, item 3, “Journal article without DOI . . .”) if there is no DOI and the item was obtained electronically, the Reference list citation uses the URL of the journal home page.

Important People

Who are the VIP's in HCA?  Who are the movers and shakers?  Who are the ones to watch? The Database Marquis Biographies Online  found at Who's Who on the Web includes current and historic people from the year 1607 to the present. Find 'Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare" and "Who's Who in Nursing" particular sources to find the leaders you need to know in the ever changing world of Health Care Administration!

Interlibrary Loan

Need an article?  Don't have access? 
Request it via ILLiad!

Please know that "Textbooks, reference, non-circulating,media materials, and Houston Reserve Items may not be requested through Interlibrary Loan (ILL)."

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