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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
AccessMedicine
STAT!Ref
UpToDate Online
AccessMedicine
American Academy of Pediatrics Journals
Applied Clinical Informatics
MDConsult
Red Book Online
ScienceDirect
STAT!Ref
UpToDate Online
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Obtaining Access to Full Text Materials

If you are not affiliated with an academic or research institution, there are several options for obtaining access to full text materials:

Libraries

Local Public Libraries

Most local public library systems provide access to resources such as databases and offer interlibrary loan services.  Many public libraries also offer remote accessibility options which allows for use of databases from a non-library computer using a library identification number. Readers are advised to check with their local public library on availability of resources, interlibrary loan services and remote accessibility options. Use the Public Library.com directory to find a public library. The Public Library.com directory also includes listings for college libraries.

Research or Academic Libraries

Many research or academic libraries allow non-affiliated users to visit the library to use resources such as databases and to read or photocopy materials held by the library. Some offer library memberships for non-affiliated users (usually fee-based) that include interlibrary loan services. Use the Libraries on the Web directory to find an academic library.

Regional Network Libraries

Members of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) provide health professionals and the general public with health information resources and services.  This includes interlibrary loan services. Use the Regional Network Libraries directory to find a network library or call 1.800.338.7657 for assistance in locating a network library.

 

Other Sources for Full Text Materials

Articles

Corresponding Authors

Check with the corresponding author of an article. Many articles include contact information for the corresponding author. The corresponding author may be able to send a reprint of the article upon request.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a specialized search engine for locating scholarly literature (published and unpublished) such as journal articles, conference abstracts, dissertations, and gray literature. Some of these literature sources are freely available.

PubMed Central (PMC) 

PubMed Central is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Works archived in PubMed Central are integrated with other NIH databases such as sequence databases which allow for location of additional relevant material.

Books

Google Books

Google Books is a search engine for locating books in electronic format. Some books may available in their entirety; others may only allow for browsing of select pages or the table of contents. 

National Academies Press

The National Academies Press offers many of its titles in digital PDF format. These books can be downloaded for public use by the chapter or by the entire book. Reports from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council are freely available.

NCBI Bookshelf

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) collaborates with authors and publishers to digitize the full text content of biomedical books for public use on the NCBI Bookshelf database.

Digital Repositories

There are a number of subject-based digital archival repositories that house manuscripts, articles and other papers in digital format.

arXiv.org  

arXiv.org is an archive of research papers in the areas of physics and related disciplines, mathematics, nonlinear sciences, computational linguistics, and neuroscience.

CiteSeer.IST Scientific Literature Digital Library

CiteSeer is a scientific literature digital library and search engine that focuses primarily on the literature in computer and information science.

CogPrints   

CogPrints is an electronic archive of self-archived preprints and journal reprints in the cognitive sciences including psychology, neuroscience, behavioral biology, linguistics, artificial intelligence, and philosophy; and covers topics such learning, speech, and language.

Psycoloquy

Psycoloquy is an archive of peer-reviewed reprints of all target articles, commentaries and responses from Psycoloquy, a peer-reviewed journal sponsored by the American Psychological Association, published since 1990. Psycoloquy publishes target articles and peer commentary in all areas of psychology as well as cognitive science, neuroscience, behavioral biology, artificial intelligence, robotics/vision, linguistics and philosophy.

PubMed Central (PMC) 

PubMed Central is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature. Works archived in PubMed Central are integrated with other NIH databases such as sequence databases which allow for location of additional relevant material.

Institutional Repositories

There are a number of institutional repositories that house manuscripts, articles and other papers in digital format. Institutional repositories usually house papers and other research materials produced by members of the hosting institution.

Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) 

The Registry of Open Access Repositories (ROAR) is a directory of e-print archives.

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) 

The Directory of Open Access Repositories (OpenDOAR) is a directory of academic open access repositories.

Journal Publishers

HireWire Press

High Wire Press provides a listing of journal publishers who offer free access to journal content after a specified time period from the date of publication. Use theHighWire Press listing to find select journal publishers that offer free access to journal content.

Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) 

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) lists nearly 4,000 open access journals that are made freely and permanently accessible online upon publication.

Organizations

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) supports research designed to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans. A number of full text reports are available through AHRQ including recommendations, clinical guidelines and reports.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) web site provides access to the full text of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR) and other CDC publications and data archives. Publications are searchable through CDC Wonder which is a single point of access to health reports categorized by topic.

National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) 

The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) publishes statistical reports on health related issues and is a major source of health statistics. Many freely available full text publications are available through NCHS. 

United States Census Bureau

The United States Census Bureau publishes statistical reports on health related issues.

Pay-Per-View Publications

Some publishers allow non-subscribers to pay for access to select journal articles. Use the HighWire Press listing to find select journal publishers that have a pay-per-view model.