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About Access Restrictions to Electronic Resources

Access and use of electronic resources made available by the Becker Medical Library are governed by license agreements between the School of Medicine and publishers or third parties. Several of the electronic resources carry some restriction on their use. Access may be restricted by user location, number of concurrent users, and/or password.

In short, most people experience access limitations based on the network to which their computer is connected. Below is a quick breakdown of what can be accessed from various networks.

BJH (Limited to) SLCH (Limited to) Proxy (Remote Access) WUSM Off Campus
UpToDate Online
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
Harriet Lane Handbook
Red Book Online
UpToDate Online
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2007 Impact Factors Now Available

Journal Citation Reports

Journal Citation Reports now includes impact factors from 2007. Access is available through the Becker Library Quick Links menu at the top left of each web page, under "Impact Factor."

Within Journal Citation Reports, users may choose Science or Social Science subject areas, and review impact factor data by subject, country, or publisher. There is also a search for specific journals.

The impact factor is the average number of times articles from the journal published in the past 2 years have been cited in the Journal Citation Reports year (e.g., 2007). The impact factor is calculated by dividing the number of citations in the Journal Citation Reports year by the total number of articles published in the two previous years. An impact factor of 1.0 means that, on average, the articles published one or two years ago have been cited one time. For more information about Journal Citation Reports, see the JCR Help pages.

Impact factors are attached to journals, not authors. WUSM researchers wanting to evaluate productivity of individual authors should use the h-index feature of the SCOPUS database.

The use of impact factors in evaluating publication activity is controversial. For more information, or to learn how Becker Library resources can help you effectively track research productivity and output, visit the Becker Scholarly Communications portal or contact the Information Resources staff at or 314-362-7085.

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