Frequently Asked Questions
• This presentation contains some answers
to common questions about how to use
HINARI once you have registered
• For more FAQs about eligibility and
registration, please click here:
Is there a list of what’s in HINARI?
• For a full listing of journals, databases and
online books see
• The list contains access by:
– Broad subject area
– Language of publication
– Publisher
What equipment do I need in order
to use HINARI?
• Baseline requirements include
– Computer connected to the Internet with a
minimal high-speed 56K baud rate or higher
– Internet browser (Explorer 4.0 or higher,
Netscape 6.0 or higher or Mozilla Firefox1.0
or higher)
– Adobe Acrobat viewer (4.0 or higher) – for the
download of PDF files
Can HINARI help me obtain computer
equipment and online access?
• No, HINARI cannot provide computer equipment
or online access
• Participating institutions have been able to justify
additional resources from their institution or
outside agencies
– Identify potential funding sources within or outside
your institution
– Develop a ‘one page’ proposal (be prepared)
– Stress the value of HINARI - access to 3680
e-journals through 2015
I received the password but can not
log-in, what do I do?
• Ensure that you are typing the correct
password, if necessary, by cutting and
pasting it
• If you still can not log in, send a message
to HINARI at
• As of May 2007, HINARI has installed a
new (Microsoft developed) authentication
system and this should eliminate some of
the log-in problems
Can I access journals in languages
other than English?
• From ‘Find journals by language of publication’,
use the ‘SELECT A LANGUAGE’ drop down
menu for access to all journals that publish
articles in languages other than English
down menu, you will be able to search regional
databases that contain articles in journals
published in the developing world - including
some in languages other than English
• From ‘Search HINARI journal articles through
PubMed’, you can ‘limit’ PubMed searches to
identify full-text articles by specific language
Why can I get full-text access to
some journals and not others?
• There are some exceptions to full-text
access for the 3680 journals that are
available to registered institutions
• A few journals are excluded from users
within Band 2 countries - according to the
wishes of the publishers and societies
• If you have a query about specific titles,
contact HINARI at
How can I access a particular
• Use the ‘Find journals by title’ A-Z list
• Click on the letter that corresponds to
the first letter of the journal name
• Click again to go directly to the journal's
Can I search by the journal title,
author or specific subjects?
• The majority of HINARI online journals can be
searched using a special version of PubMed
(Medline). After logging onto HINARI, click on
the link, ‘Search HINARI journal articles through
PubMed (Medline)
• PubMed, a service of the National Library of
Medicine (USA), contains over 15 million
citations for biomedical articles and, via HINARI,
links to the full-text documents
• Several other specialist indexes and databases,
such as AIDS Abstracts or CINAHL can be
searched by journal title, author or subject
Why can’t I get access to the full-text of
the journal if I link directly from the
publisher’s website?
• To benefit from the access rights provided by
HINARI, all participants must log onto HINARI
with the institutional NAME/PASSWORD – to be
properly authenticated
• Unless you are authenticated on the HINARI
site, you will not be able to access the HINARI
resources at
• Note: once you properly login, you can access a
publisher’s website/full-text journals by using the
‘SELECT PUBLISHER’ drop down menu
Can I download complete journal
issues or books?
• No. Users may not download complete
journal issues or books
• Users may download and save limited
numbers of articles or chapters from any
one journal issue or book, not to exceed
15% of the issue or book
• For further information, see HINARI DOs
and DONTs on the training page at
Are back issues available
• The majority of the journals do offer access to
back issues
• The number of years of back issues available is
determined by each publisher and will vary
• Via the “journal holdings’, users can check which
years/volumes/issues of each journal are
• As publishers make more back years of their
journals available online, and accessible through
HINARI, we update the information on the
complete list of titles
Can I access HINARI outside of my
• Access to the journals may only be
provided from
– Computers or other digital installations owned
by or under the direct control of the institution
– Personal computers owned personally by the
employees, faculty or students of the
• Use is only permitted within the country of
Can we supply students with HINARI
publications for courses?
• Academic and teaching staff may make copies
in print or digital form of articles for course packs
• If the copies are supplied in digital form, these
electronic copies must be deleted from the
university server at the end of the term/semester
• For further information, see HINARI DOs and
DONTs on the training page at
Where should I send feedback about
Please send us any feedback, including
stories about how HINARI is working at
your institution, to
Other FAQs
• Add your own ‘Frequently Asked Questions’
• Think of other FAQs that would be useful in your
institutional setting
• For further useful information, go to ’10 Top
Hints for HINARI Use’ or ‘HINARI DOs and
DON’Ts’ on the training page at
‘Frequently Asked Questions’ Source:
HINARI E-newsletter, Issue 2, May 2007
Updated 06 2007

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