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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

New OpenHelix Search and Learn Portal

Washington University has the opportunity to evaluate the new OpenHelix Search and Learn Portal at  The portal directs you to the most relevant publicly available bioinformatics and genomics resources on the web, and then gives you immediate access to tutorials, training materials, and useful tips and information developed by OpenHelix. A quick reference card for the site is also available.

The OpenHelix portal searches a highly relevant, curated database of genomics and biological resources to deliver a list of relevant resources for you using a proprietary relevancy system. Once you find the most relevant resource in the results, you can immediately go to training on the resource.
OpenHelix offers tutorial suites (online tutorials and training materials) on a large variety of bioinformatics and genomics resources on the web.

The introductory online narrated tutorials, which run in just about any browser, can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders.
In addition to the tutorials, you also receive useful training materials including the animated PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and exercises. You can save time and effort by using these to create classroom content.

All OpenHelix is asking is that you use the site, and occasionally fill out a very brief online survey about your experience.
Visit, register using the link to the top right from a Washington University facility, and you will have access to all the features and functions of the OpenHelix portal. If you have any difficulty or have questions and comments, contact Scott Lathe at or by phone at (425) 401-1400.

Please note that access to OpenHelix at this time is for evaluation purposes.  Access should not be given to anyone outside of the university. (January 31, 2010)

* Please note: Becker Briefs pages may contain links, email addresses or information about resources which are no longer current.