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User Name/Password

  • Share the institutional User Name/Password with researchers, professors and students within your institution

    • Do not put the password on the Internet (violation of HINARI license agreement)

    • Do share the password with all legitimate members of your registered institution (see HINARI DOs and DONTs)

    • Share the password during training workshops and 1:1 training sessions

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  • Put a link to HINARI on your institution’s or library’s website

    • Use either the ‘about HINARI’ url http://www.who.int/hinari or

    • Directly link to the journals and databases http://extranet.who.int/hinari/en/journals.php

    • Remember, do not put the user name and password on the website

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Promote HINARI

  • Be proactive about passing on information about HINARI (see the ‘Training Users on HINARI’ module)

  • Arrange training/orientation sessions with the researchers, professors and students in your institution (see the ‘HINARI Short Course’ module)

  • Incorporate HINARI training into course curriculums

  • Promote HINARI informally; visit offices and attend meetings

  • Develop a local listserv; websites are constantly changing; keep staff and users up-to-date

  • No time is too short to teach someone something new about HINARI!Seize the ‘teachable moment.’


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Training Resources

  • Use available training resources

  • To download the up-to date- training materials, see: http://www.who.int/hinari/training

  • For a copy of the training CD, contact HINARI ([email protected])

  • In Africa, contact ITOCA ([email protected]) for a copy of the CD

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HINARI Posters and Leaflets

  • Order HINARI posters and leaflets and display these in your library or medical department.

  • Material is available in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic and Russian

  • Print copies from http://www.who.int/hinari/training

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Adobe Acrobat Reader

  • To read the full-text journal articles, download Adobe Acrobat Reader version 7 (or the latest) for free from: htttp://www.downloadsglobe.com/acrobat/

  • To configure Adobe Acrobat Reader:

    1) From the menu bar, select....  Edit -> Preferences

    2) Select the 'Internet' category 3) Ensure all the 'Web Browser Options' are checked:        o Display PDF in Browser         o Allow fast web view         o Allow speculative downloading in the background

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Trouble Shooting

  • If you have problems accessing HINARI, refresh your screen by clicking on the ‘Refresh’ button. You may be working from a cache of the website that is on your computer or local network.

  • If your Internet access/bandwidth is slow, close other Internet pages so that only HINARI is open. This may speed up access and downloading.

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Email Alerts

  • Sign up for free ‘email alerts’ for key journals

    • Also called ‘email table of contents’ alerts

    • Via email, you receive table of contents lists for each new issue

    • Register via the publishers’ websites

    • Distribute these ‘alerts’ to interested users

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List of Available Journal Titles

  • Print out the complete list of titles for ‘offline’ consultations

  • As of May 2007, list is 41 A4 pages long!

  • List is very useful for ‘Band 2’ countries since, for institutions in this category, it verifies access to journals

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Number 10

  • Add your own ‘Top 10 Tips’

  • Think of other ideas that would be useful in your institutional setting

  • For further useful information, go to ’Frequently Asked Questions’ or ‘HINARI DOs and DON’Ts’ on the training page:


    ‘Top 10 Tips’Source:

    HINARI E-newsletter, Issue 2, May 2007

    Updated 05 2007