Help using the Library for the General Public and Free Health Resources

What services are available to me at the Taubman Health Sciences Library?

Are there any special services for Alumni?

Am I allowed to borrow books?

Will I be able to photocopy and print?

Is it possible to have articles delivered to me?

Can I access any free health sciences journals online?

I want to be notified about the latest publications in my field of interest, are there any free alerting services?

Are there any free health sciences databases online?

Where can I find evidence-based medicine (EBM) practice guidelines?

Are there any free clinical information resources online?

I'm looking for free consumer health information resources, where do I find these online?

Will I be able to use wireless internet while in the Library?

 

What services are available to me at the Taubman Health Sciences Library?Return to Top

Although the Taubman Health Sciences Library buidling is currently closed for renovation, our staff and services remain available to you; please contact us by email at thlibrary@umich.edu, or by phone at 734-764-1210.

All MLibrary locations are open to the public during regular hours. Cards for photocopying and printing are available for purchase in the amounts of $2, $5, and $10 (please note that you will have to pay in exact change, and with bills; each page printed or copied will cost 6 cents). The Mirlyn Library Catalog includes records for the books and journals owned by the U-M Libraries, including Taubman Health Sciences Library, and is accessible by anyone via the World Wide Web.  The vast majority of our on line resources (although unfortunately not 100%) are available to the general public from our public computers.

Are there any special services for Alumni? Return to Top

Alumni who are members of the Alumni Association of the Universtity of Michigan are eligible for remote access to several University Library databases.  Please click here to consult the Alumni Association's page on Library Access for more details.

Alumni are also eligible to purchase borrowing privleges at a discounted rate.  Please click here for more details on Alumni purchase of borrowing privleges.

The University Library has a page with additional information regarding services to alumni; click here to view this page.

Am I allowed to borrow books?Return to Top

Yes, for a fee. Go here for forms and more information (UM Alumni click here for information specific to you).

If you have questions, please email: glcirc@umich.edu or phone: (734) 764-0401. Please note: Remote access to online resources is not available to alumni and unaffiliated guests.

Is it possible to have articles delivered to me?Return to Top

Yes; a couple of options are explained below.

Loansome Doc
Individuals may establish an account with a medical library to order articles found in MEDLINE/PubMed for a fee. Those currently affiliated with a medical library should contact that library first.  Persons in the US not affiliated with a medical library should contact their Regional Medical Library, in accordance with directions on the National Library of Medicine's Fact Sheet on Loansome Doc.

Alternate Document Supply Options
Please consult the University of Michigan Library's page on alternate document supply options for additional services that may be able to deliver articles to you.

Can I access any free health sciences journals online?Return to Top

The journals listed below are freely available online.

Directory of Open Access Journals
Links to free, full text scientific and scholarly journals.

FreeMedicalJournals.com
Journal tables of contents with some full text.

PubMed 
A searchable database including citations and abstracts from journals in MEDLINE as well as additional life science journals. Some records include links to full-text. Complete articles may be ordered through the Loansome Doc service.

PubMedCentral
A digital archive of life sciences journal literature managed by the U.S. National Center for Biotechnology Information at the National Library of Medicine. Includes journals from the online publisher Biomed Central.

Open Medicine
A peer-reviewed, independent, open-access journal

I want to be notified about the latest publications in my field of interest, are there any free alerting services?Return to Top

Alerting services deliver new tables of contents and citations to your web browser or email based on search parameters you establish. The three free services below work in conjunction with PubMed searches.

PubCrawler

BioMail

AMEDEO

Are there any free health sciences databases online?Return to Top

The databases listed below are freely available online.

UM Alumni Please Note: The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan provides access to several Library databases to its members, different resources from those listed below.  Please click here to find out more.

PubMed
PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950's.

PubMed Central
PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

AEGIS (AIDS Education Global Information System)
Includes a searchable database, an HIV/AIDS Encyclopedia, an online Bulletin Board System, and current news items.

AIDSinfo

Contains federally approved treatment guidelines for HIV infection and AIDS-related illnesses, as well as HIV/AIDS clinical trials, vaccines, and durg information in English and Spanish.

Alcohol Studies Database
The database contains over 70,000 citations for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers.

Environmental Health and Toxicology

Contains comprehensive environmental health and toxicology resources.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a way to broadly search for scholarly literature. It searches a variety of resources, including PubMed, electronic journals, and Google Book Search. However, Google Scholar may not include the most current or the most complete records from a database, so it is generally a good idea to search specific databases individually.

Household Products 

Contains health and safety information for 7,000 brands, including personal care, automotive, garden, and cleaning products.

National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism Library

Access to 2000 terrorism-related titles, 1,100 reports and articles, fact sheets, and journals, and over 600 electronic resources.

Native Health Database
The Native Health Databases contain bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, and surveys pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations.

POPLINE
POPLINE ®(POPulation information onLINE) is the world's largest database on reproductive health.

SafetyLit
Abstracts of reports in several disciplines relevant to preventing unintentional injuries, violence, and self-harm.

TOXMAP

Contains environmental health maps of certain toxic chemicals in the air, water, and ground.

TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network)
TOXNET is a cluster of databases on toxicology and hazardous chemicals from the National Library of Medicine.

Where can I find evidence-based medicine (EBM) practice guidelines?Return to Top

The following practice guidelines were created by outside agencies and are available free of charge.

National Guideline Clearinghouse
Full-text of English language practice guidelines developed, reviewed, or revised within the last five years. Maintained by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans.

Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT)
Full-text access to a wide variety of publications, including: practice and prevention guidelines, quick-reference guides for clinicians, consumer health brochures, evidence reports, technology assessments and Surgeon General reports.

Abstracts of Cochrane Reviews
Systematic reviews of randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses on specific therapy topics. Substantive abstracts may be viewed at no cost; subscription required for full text of review articles.

NIH Clinical Alerts and Advisories
Clinical alerts are provided to expedite the release of findings from the NIH-funded clinical trials where such release could significantly affect morbidity and mortality.

Guide to Community Preventive Services
Evidence-based recommendations for programs and policies to promote population health.

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) was convened by the Public Health Service to rigorously evaluate clinical research in order to assess the merits of preventive measures, including screening tests, counseling, immunizations, and preventive medications.

MMWR Recommendations and Reports
The MMWR Recommendations and Reports contain in-depth articles that relay policy statements for prevention and treatment on all areas in CDC's scope of responsibility (e.g., recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices).

GuidelinesFinder (National Library for Health, U.K.)
An index to clinical guidelines which currently holds details of over 1500 UK national guidelines with links to downloadable versions of the guidelines. It is updated on a weekly basis.

Are there any free clinical information resources online?Return to Top

Listed below are a some free online clinical information resources.

Books Online

Freebooks4Doctors
Links to over 500 full-text medical books online.

Merck Manuals
Free online texts about diagnosis and therapy, health and aging, geriatrics, home medicine, chemical and drugs, and veterinary care. Texts are available in English as well as other languages.

PubMed Bookshelf
A growing collection of online, searchable biomedical textbooks.
 

Web Gateways

Merck Medicus
Online collection of references for licensed healthcare professionals only, includes general and specialty medical textbooks and journals, dictionaries, guidelines, and more. Access to some resources requires site registration and sign-in.

Medscape
Free, but registration is required. Medical news, conference coverage, online CME, selected online journals, practice guidelines, and drug information from American Hospital Formulary Service Drug Information and First DataBank's National Drug Data File®.

Michigan Electronic Library
For residents of the State of Michigan, MeL (the Michigan eLibrary) provides a free comprehensive electronic information tool for Michigan's libraries with a number of valuable resources in the biomedical area, including journals and databases. Login requires a Michigan driver's license, State ID number, or a Michigan Public Library card.

I'm looking for free consumer health information resources, where can I find these online?Return to Top

Click on the links below to access free consumer health information resources.

CDC A to Z Index 
The A to Z index provides a listing of diseases and other health topics found on the CDC Web site. Links include general information, data, prevention programs, etc.

Cancer.gov 
From the National Cancer Institute. Extensive information about types of cancer, clinical trials, statistics, and more.

Clinical Trials
Clinical studies sponsored primarily by the National Institutes of Health. For each study, there is a summary outlining the purpose, the disease or condition, the particular drug or therapy under study, the phase of the trial, the recruiting status, the eligibility criteria for patient participation, location of the trial, information on whether patients are currently being recruited, and specific contact information.

DIRLINE
the National Library of Medicine's online directory of health organizations.

Drug Information on MEDLINEplus
Sources: MedMaster™, a product of the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists and the USP DI® Advice for the Patient®

Finding Reliable Health Information
A libguide created by the Taubman Health Sciences Library that features information about MedlinePlus, Health Resources on the Internet and the use of social media for health.

Genetics Home Reference

A website from the National Library of Medicine that provides summaries of genetic conditions and their molecular basis in straightforward, easy-to-understand language.

healthfinder®

Provides reliable health information from credible government and nonprofit sources with simple navigation and an easy-to-read format.

Lab Tests Online 
A site developed by clinical laboratory professionals to help the public understand lab tests that are part of routine care or used in diagnosis and treatment.

MedlinePlus
Selected links to Web resources with authoritative health information for patients. Dictionaries, directories, organizations, news sources. Guides to selected Web resources on over 400 health topics. Adam.com medical encyclopedia and drug information via the United States Pharmacopeia's Drug Information Volume II, "Advice for the Patient". Links to pre-formulated searches of the MEDLINE database.

NIH Senior Health
The National Institutes of Health's web site for seniors and their care givers.

NLM Gateway

This website from the National Library of Medicine provides a single access point for the many information resources of NLM.

ToxTown
The National Library of Medicine's web resource for consumers to understand toxins in their environment.

UofMHealth.org Health Library
A resource provided by UMHS to help consumers make decisions about their health. Information on conditions, diseases, medical tests, medications, treatment options, and key decision points, alternative approaches and support groups.

University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Patient Education
Educational materials for patients and families.Up-to-date and accurate information about health-related topics (also available in Spanish in most cases), reviewed or written by UMHS experts. Includes an A-Z listing of Health Topics and links to UMHS resource centers & services.

Will I be able to use wireless internet while in the Library? Return to Top

Please contact the specific library you would like to use to find out the available options for guest wireless connectivity.

Will I be able to photocopy and print? Return to Top

Yes, but you will have to purchase a Vendacard (or "Copy Card").  These are available in the amounts of $2, $5 and $10.  Please note that you will have to pay by check, or with bills (no coins can be accepted), and with the exact change.  Each page copied or printed will cost 6 cents.

 

 

 

 

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Last modified: 09/02/2014