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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
Unrestricted Access to All Becker Resources Unrestricted Access to All Becker Resources No Access without Proxy

Creative Additions to Rare Books (i.e., Annotations)

We expect visitors to the rare book room to treat our holdings with care and respect.  That means, in a nutshell: clean hands, don’t use a pen, don’t bend the spine in a way it doesn’t want to go, no flash photography, no eating or drinking, and oh, yes, don’t write in the books!  We want the books in special collections to remain as close to the condition we received them in as possible, barring professional conservation work.  Any annotations by patrons are, therefore, decidedly unwelcome.

That doesn’t mean it’s not fun to find existing annotations in the rare book collections.  Take a look at these pages from John Bulwer’s Anthropometamorphosis (1653), one of the books in the CID Collection in Speech and Hearing.

Those charmingly irreverent – or maybe just irreverent – doodles were not created by staff members, and would have been there when the CID collection was first given to the medical library in 1977.  They can’t be definitely dated, other than that they were added quite a bit after the book was originally published.  In all likelihood the doodler made his or her mark sometime in the 20th century. 

Our copy of Anthropometamorphosis would probably be better off without the cartoonish addition of funny hats and pipes, even if they do add a certain amount of unique humor.  Sometimes, however, annotations can greatly increase the value of a book.  Last month two rare book sellers in New York, George Koppelman and Daniel Wechsler, announced that a copy of a 16th century dictionary that they had purchased in 2008 on Ebay had in fact belonged to William Shakespeare, and was annotated by the man himself.  There’s a fair amount of academic skepticism about that particular claim, but even if the annotations don’t belong to Shakespeare, they nevertheless provide scholars with valuable insight into how the dictionary's owner interacted with language. 

While rare books should never be never be annotated by modern users, annotations by previous owners can still be of value to modern scholars.  So you never know - maybe the scribblings in your personal books might be interesting to someone in the future.  Just refrain from writing on any materials you encounter in special collections!

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