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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
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Using RSS Feeds to Keep Current with Medical Literature

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One of the most effective ways to stay up-to-date with the latest medical literature is to use RSS feeds. The Becker Library now provides easy access to the RSS feeds of many prominent scientific journals through the library's web site and catalog.

The Selected Journals TOCs page provides quick links to several major publications, including the Archives of Internal Medicine, Cell, JAMA, and the New England Journal of Medicine. Just click on the journal name or RSS icon and go directly to the journal's current table of contents. If you use Firefox or Internet Explorer 7.0 as your default browser, the feed should appear formatted and ready to use. If you use Internet Explorer 6.0 or earlier, the feed will appear in XML format. Just copy and paste the URL of the feed into an RSS reader/aggregator (such as iGoogle or Bloglines) and you've got a ready connection to the latest information from the publishers.

The Becker catalog also provides links to the current table of contents to over 1,000 medical and scientific journals. If you browse the alphabetical list of journal titles, you'll see "RSS available" in orange next to the titles for which RSS feeds are available.


Alphabetical journal list showing RSS feed available


If you use a keyword search, you'll see a note and the orange RSS icon. The RSS icon is a hyperlink directly to the journal's RSS feed.


Catalog records showing RSS feed available


There are also orange RSS icons and links to the current table of content on the catalog records of journals.


Catalog record showing RSS feed available

Confused about RSS?

RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is an XML format for sharing headlines and other Web content (such as news and podcasts), allowing users to browse headlines with a news-reader or aggregator program. The RSS news-reader or aggregator checks RSS-enabled Web pages and then organizes and displays any new or updated articles that it finds. The user interfaces are often customizable, allowing you to further organize your subscribed feeds into folders or alert you when new items are available. Aggregators are typically constructed as extensions to a Web browser (such as Mozilla Firefox), as extensions to an email program (such as Microsoft Outlook 2007), or as standalone programs. There are also Web-based RSS aggregators such as My Yahoo or Bloglines that require no software installation and make the user's RSS feeds available on any computer with Internet access.

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