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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

Quick Guide To Free Health Information Resources

Finding Health Information

  • Consumer Information on Health Plans
    • Provides fact sheets, booklets, and other health plan information from the Department’s Employee Benefits Security Administration (EBSA)
  • Continuation of Health Coverage – COBRA
    • The Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) gives workers and their families who lose their health benefits the right to choose to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time under certain circumstances such as voluntary or involuntary job loss, reduction in the hours worked, transition between jobs, death, divorce, and other life events.

Several Agencies that Help People Find Affordable Insurance and Free Health Care

What about Government Programs?

Get Help with Prescription Drugs

Find Free Clinics

  • Health Centers provide health and dental care to people of all ages, whether or not they have health insurance or the money to pay for health care. Find the Health Center closest to you – Information provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration
  • Hill-Burton Free & Reduced Cost Care at hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities are required to provide a specific amount of free or below cost health care to people unable to pay. Eligibility is based on the size of your family and your income. You apply for Hill-Burton care at the facility where you were or will be treated. More about Hill-Burton and find facilities in your State
  • NeedyMeds Free Clinics List for Missouri

Many diseases have specific foundations that offer financial assistance:

Find a Clinical Trial

  • You can learn more about clinical trials by talking with your doctor
  • For cancer trials, call 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237) or visit National Cancer Institute Clinical Trials
  • For AIDS and HIV, call 1-800-TRIALS-A (1-800-874-2572) or visit
  • For general information about clinical trials, call FDA’s Office of Special Health Issues at 301-827-4460 or visit
  • For other clinical trials of other diseases, visit provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers. gives you information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.
  • Volunteer for Health at Washington University School of Medicine
  • “Why Volunteer for a Clinical Trial?” from the FDA

National Consumer Health Resources

Medical Library Resources

Multilingual Health Information Resources

Genetic Support Groups and Advocacy


This guide was authored by Kristi Holmes, Ph.D.