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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: Relevance Ranking of Search Results

PubMed recently released a new feature that allows users to sort search results by relevance ranking (popular resources like Google also use relevance ranking).  This feature may make it easier and quicker for searchers to find the articles they need.  The relevance ranking is determined by an algorithm created by the National Library of Medicine that analyzes search term occurrence, where terms appear in the citation record, and recency of publication.

In PubMed the default setting is to list results in chronological order by most recently published. To change to sort by relevance:

  1. Click on “Display Settings” near the top of the search results page.
  2. Under the “Sort By” column select “Relevance,” then click “Apply”

Users with a MyNCBI account can change the default settings so that  their search results always appear in order by relevance ranking. To do so:

  1. Log-in or create a MyNCBI Account
  2. Click on “NCBI Site Preferences” on the top, right side of the screen

  3. Under “PubMed Preferences” click on the link for “Result Display Settings”

  4. Under “Default sort by” select “Relevance,” then save

You will need to log-in, or remain logged-in to your MyNCBI account in order to utilize your selected preferences in PubMed.

For more information about the new sort by relevance feature please visit the information page from the National Library of Medicine:

Contact Angela Hardi (, 314-362-2787) or Becker Library ( if you need assistance searching or using PubMed.

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