General Information

Topics Covered:

Health Sciences Remote Shelving
Appointment Requests
Room Reservations
Loan Periods
Visiting Scholars
Temporary Staff
Returning Items
Lost Items
Free Health Sciences Journals
Publication Notifications
Free Online Databases
Practice Guidelines
Free Clinical Information Resources
Free Consumer Health Information Resources
Off-Campus Access

Health Sciences Remote Shelving

Aside from the Reference and Reserves Collections, the Taubman print collection is located off-campus at the Health Sciences Remote Shelving (HSRS) facility. This building is not open to the public, but items can be requested for delivery to campus libraries.

U-M Affiliates:

General public:    

  • If you are visiting the University of Michigan, you may request library materials be held for you to use onsite at the location of your choice.

Questions about the collection at the Health Sciences Remote Shelving can be directed to the Taubman Health Sciences Library, 734-764-1210 or

Appointment Requests

If you need help with your research, you may consult our list of Informationists for the appropriate person or email  

Room Reservations

The Taubman Health Sciences Library does not have space available for reservation. Rooms available on the 5th and 6th floors are managed by the Medical School and are restricted to Medical School students (MD, PIBS, Masters, PhDs). To reserve these classrooms, please use SchedulOn or contact HITS.

Loan Periods

The loan periods for Taubman:

  • Journals: Building use only; journal volumes do not circulate.
  • Books: 8 weeks (3 weeks for undergraduate students) — recalls can shorten the loan period to as little as three weeks.

Visiting Scholars

The U-M Library provides physical and online access to its collections to visiting scholars who have been invited by the University of Michigan to participate in research or instructional activities. This form must be completed by the University of Michigan department sponsoring the visiting scholar.

Temporary Staff

Temporary staff members are eligible for borrowing privileges for the duration of their appointment, if required by job duties. Please fill out this application, signed by your supervisor.


U-M faculty who are teaching courses in the Medical School, College of Pharmacy, or Schools of Public Health, Nursing, Kinesiology, or Dentistry, may place items on Reserves.

Items placed on Course Reserves at Taubman Health Sciences Library can be requested at the Information Desk.

Returning Items

Library materials, including items borrowed from THL, may be returned at these locations. The medical campus has two drop off locations:

Taubman Reserves items must be returned to the Taubman Information Desk.

Lost Items

If you have lost or misplaced an item belonging to Taubman, please contact 734-764-1210 or

  • You will be charged the replacement cost of the item, a processing fee of $50, and any applicable recall or reserve fines.
  • The cost of the book will be based on its replacement by a new copy of the identical work, or its equivalent current edition, as determined by THL staff.
  • If the work is out of print, THL staff may, at their discretion, elect to charge a flat replacement fee of $100 per item.

Free Health Sciences Journals

To locate online journals that are freely available, use these resources:

Directory of Open Access Journals
Links to free, full text scientific and scholarly journals.
Journal tables of contents with some full text.

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.

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.

Scientific Electronic Library Online.

Publication Notifications

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.

A free alerting service that scans daily updates to the NCBI Medline (PubMed) and GenBank databases.

BioMail does a user-customized Medline search and sends all matching articles recently added to Medline to the user’s email address.

AMEDEO sends customizable weekly emails that include an overview of new articles published in your personal journal subset and weekly overviews of new publications.

Free Online Databases

The databases listed below are freely available online:

U-M Alumni Please Note: The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan provides members with access to several library databases, different from those listed below.

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 1950s.

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

AEGIS (AIDS Education Global Information System)
AEGIS 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
This 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
This contains health and safety information for 7,000 brands, including personal care, automotive, garden, and cleaning products.

Native Health Database
Native Health Database contains 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.

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

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

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

Practice Guidelines

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

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).

NICE Guidance (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence)
An index to clinical guidelines which currently has links to downloadable versions of a large number of UK national guidelines.

Free Clinical Information Resources

Books Online

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

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

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.

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.
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.

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 guide created by the Taubman Health Sciences Library that features information about MedlinePlus, online Health Resources, and the use of social media for health.

Genetics Home Reference
Provides summaries of genetic conditions and their molecular basis in straightforward, easy-to-understand language.

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.

Selected links to resources with authoritative health information for patients. Dictionaries, directories, organizations, news sources. Guides to selected resources on more than 400 health topics. 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.

Health and Aging
The National Institutes of Aging's website for seniors and their caregivers.

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

The National Library of Medicine's web resource for consumers to understand toxins in their environment. Health Library
A resource provided by Michigan Medicine 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.

Michigan Medicine 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 Michigan Medicine experts. Includes an A to Z listing of Health Topics and links to Michigan Medicine resource centers & services.

Off-Campus Access

The Access Outside the Library and On Mobile Devices section on the U-M Library website provides up-to-date information on how to access our resources off-campus.

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Last modified: 08/20/2019