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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

Some things you might not know about Google Scholar

Since 2004, Google Scholar has been widely used for searching the biomedical literature. Google Scholar is not a “human-curated” database but a search engine that prowls the entire internet and attempts to narrow the results to “scholarly” ones based on machine-automated criteria. It searches the full text of articles instead of just titles and abstracts, which can sometimes make searches less precise.

While most users type in a few keywords and hope for the best, there are some useful tips that may make your searching more effective. 

  • In a phrase search, use double quotes [“metastatic prostate cancer”] will look for those exact words in that exact order. 
  • Don’t use the Boolean connector “AND” in your search queries as it is automatically assumed
  • Do use the Boolean connector “OR” in capital letters for searching synonyms [“atrial fibrillation” OR “atrial flutter”]
  • Instead of “NOT” use the minus sign before a word [measles –children] to exclude it
  • You can restrict your search to government or educational institutions by typing in your search and then the word “site”:gov or edu [osteoporosis site: gov]
  • After a completed search, you can limit the time frame by clicking a left margin option [Any time, Since 2018, Since 2017, Since 2014 or Custom range…]

To access the full text of a found article citation, look for the “Get it!@Becker” or “Get it!@WU” links (this works while on the Wash U network or if you have a proxy account).

If you don’t find what you need via Google Scholar, try the Becker Library “Find a Database” page at

Happy searching!

* Please note: Becker Briefs pages may contain links, email addresses or information about resources which are no longer current.