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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

Tips for Customizing your PubMed MyNCBI account

Creating a MyNCBI account is essential for anyone that uses PubMed. Having a MyNCBI account allows users to save searches, access search history, and create bibliographies. The MyNCBI account also allows users to customize how search results are displayed in PubMed and can make it easier and more efficient to review results. Here are some tips for making the most of your MyNCBI account:

First, if you don’t have a MyNCBI account, you should create one! Here is where you go to create an account: MyNCBI Account

Turn Highlighting On

Highlighting shows where your search terms appear in citations (e.g. in the title or abstract). This can make it easier to see why an article is relevant to your topic. Here is how to turn highlighting on:

Display article abstracts in search results

Reviewing search results takes less time when the abstracts are open by default. This means less clicking and less time waiting for pages to load. Here is how you can always see the citations with the abstracts popped out:

Sort by Relevance

Here is how you can always see your PubMed search results in order by relevance ranking (if you prefer relevance ranking over publication date):

Display full text links to Olin Library's collection

By default if you search PubMed using the “PubMed@Becker” link you will see full-text links to Becker's collection (e.g. the red WUSTL Get it @ Becker box). While Becker does have a large collection of journals, there are some that are not available here that may be available via Olin Library on the Danforth campus. Here is how to see full-text links to the Olin collection in PubMed:

  • Log-in to your MyNCBI account
  • Click on NCBI Site Preferences
  • Under PubMed Preferences click on “Outside Tool”
  • The next screen will display and alphabetized list of schools and other organizations. Click on the “W” and select “Washington University in St. Louis Danforth Campus.” Then click Save

Now when you look at citations in PubMed you should see the Green “Get it!” full text retrieval button. Click on the green button to view Olin's holdings for the item.

Note: You must be on the WUSM network (either on campus or via the proxy account to access Olin materials. Not all Olin journals are available electronically to the medical campus.

For more information about MyNCBI account features, consult the NCBI Tutorials library available via YouTube

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