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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 PubMed Feature: Best Match

Earlier this year PubMed released a new way of sorting search results: Best Match. It replaces the Relevance Sort feature that was previously available. You can use Best Match by clicking on the “Sort by” link on the top of a PubMed results screen and selecting “Best Match.” [See image below]

Best Match is a search algorithm that uses machine learning to attempt to locate the most relevant articles. Here are a few things to keep in mind when using the Best Match feature in PubMed:

  • The number of results listed might change when you sort by Best Match.
  • Only the first 10,000 results will display (switching to any other “sort by” option will allow you to view full search results).
  • The Search Details box on the right side of the screen changes to Best Match Search Information.

If you have any questions about using PubMed or the new Best Match tool, please contact Becker Medical Library staff at


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