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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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National Medical Librarians Month

October is National Medical Librarians month. In honor of the librarians and information professionals at Bernard Becker Medical Library, here are four recently published articles that highlight a few of the many services we offer at Becker that result in positive contributions to Washington University School of Medicine. 

One-on-One and Literature Search Services

A common and popular service Becker offers are one on-one-search sessions. In these sessions we discuss your research or clinical question, pinpoint the best resources to search, and demonstrate the most efficient ways to search for literature to help answer your question. Often, we prepare a search strategy that will best capture the literature for your research needs.

“One good session with your librarian can save you hours of keywording, Googling, and skimming, and help you collect the right resources with the right focus.”
Stielstra J. Hospital Librarians to the Rescue. Nursing Management. 2014 Oct;45(10): 8.

Send an email to the Information Services Desk or call 314.362.7080 to schedule a one-on-one session with a librarian.

Systematic Review Support Service

Becker boasts one of the most thorough and comprehensive systematic review support services available. See Systematic Reviews to learn more about Becker’s Systematic Review services.

“Medical librarians . . . can play an important role in developing high-quality narrative and systematic reviews, constructing search strategies, managing references, reviewing references for inclusion, documenting the search methodology, and contributing to the drafting of the final manuscript. Having a medical librarian closely involved ensures that the review will be thorough and its methodology reproducible. Medical librarians bring expertise to the review process based on their understanding of the medical literature, search methods, and re-view guidelines and standards. Their neutrality and expertise can help minimize bias in the review process, leading to more robust and un- biased review articles.”

Rethlefsen ML, Murad M, Livingston EH. Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles. JAMA. 2014;312(10):999-1000.

Systematic Reviews Becker Librarians have co-authored.

See Systematic Reviews for more information about the systematic review support services we offer or contact Susan Fowler at

Librarians on Your Team

Becker librarians are embedded with several project teams and committees across WUSM. The following example demonstrates how having a librarian on your team can add to your success.

“The medical librarian identified unique, actionable published practice gaps that directly contributed to CME activity planning. For each study year, contributions by the medical librarian grew, from 0 of 27 actionable gaps validated by CME Committee in 2010 to 49 of 108 (45.4%) in 2013. With the librarian's assistance, the number of valid practice gaps submitted between 2010 and 2013 by stakeholders climbed from 23 for 155 activities (14.8%) to 133 for 157 activities (84.7%).”

Bartkowiak BA, Safford LA, Stratman EJ. Assessing the Impact of a Medical Librarian on Identification of Valid and Actionable Practice Gaps for a Continuing Medical Education Committee.  J. Contin. Educ. Health Prof. 2014 June; 34(3): 186–194.

To inquire about adding a librarian to your project team or committee contact Debbie Thomas at or Bob Engeszer  at

Publishing and Evaluation Support (Written by Cathy Sarli)

Becker offers a variety of services and resources to assist faculty, investigators and students with publishing and evaluation needs. Among these services is providing publication analysis reports to demonstrate scholarly productivity.

“Academic clinicians affiliated with academic institutions are encouraged to contact their libraries for assistance with publication reports for productivity and/or impact. Most academic libraries have staff who are designated experts on specific databases and can run reports, perform analysis . . . Medical librarians offer substantial expertise in navigating the ever expanding array of resources that exist to paint this academic productivity narrative.”

Carpenter CR, Cone DC, Sarli CC. Using Publication Metrics to Highlight Academic Productivity and Research Impact. Acad Emerg Med. 2104 Oct; 21(10): 1160-1172.


See Publishing and Evaluation Support for more information on services offered by the library or contact Amy Suiter at  or Cathy Sarli at



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