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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

Resource Update

Citing Medicine
Citing Medicine

NLM has released a new bibliographic reference publication on the NCBI Bookshelf, Citing Medicine: the NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers.

Easy-to-use instructions and hundreds of examples help you form bibliographic references. Citing Medicine provides guidance for citing 26 types of published and unpublished material, ranging from print books and journal articles to blogs and wikis.

Citing Medicine updates and supersedes two previous NLM publications, National Library of Medicine Recommended Formats for Bibliographic Citation published in 1991 and its Internet Supplement published in 2001. These publications will be archived on the NLM Web site.

This new edition:

  • Covers more types of publications, including a variety of Internet publications
  • Contains more introductory material for each type of publication
  • Includes more example citations which users consistently requested
  • Is published in HTML format and will be printable from Adobe Acrobat pdf format later this fall

To access Citing Medicine, go to


What is your h index?
h index graph

What is your h index? The h index is based on the highest number of papers written by the authors that have had at least the same number of citations. The h index was developed by physicist J.E. Hirsch. Hirsch defines the h index in his article, "An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output," as follows:

"A scientist has index h if h of his/her Np papers have at least h citations each, and the other (Np - h) papers have no more than h citations each."

You can use SCOPUS to find your h index:

  1. Select SCOPUS from the Becker Library's QuickLinks drop-down menu
  2. Select Author Search
  3. Enter your name
  4. A list of names will appear - check the affiliation to confirm that this is the correct person
  5. Select the box to the left of your name
  6. Click on the Citation Tracker button

A Citation Overview report will display showing the following:

  • Your h index
  • A list of your publications and the number of times a particular citation has been cited


WU Amendment to Publication Form

The Washington University Amendment to Publication Form has been revised and approved by the General Counsel's office. A new clause was added to provide authors an extra layer of assurance in the event that the publisher does not respond to the form but subsequently publishes the article. The new clause reads as follows:

"In the absence of Publisher's signature on this Amendment, Publication of the Article by the Publisher will be deemed acceptance of the terms of this Amendment by the Publisher."

Do you have questions about the WU Amendment to Publication Form? Contact the Scholarly Communications Specialist at Becker Library, Cathy Sarli.

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