Access and Resources for General Public and Alumni

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

All U-M Library locations are open to the public during regular hours. U-M Library Search includes records for the books and journals owned by U-M Library, including Taubman Health Sciences Library. The vast majority of our online resources are available to the general public from our public computers. Printing and copying options are currently restricted to U-M affiliated patrons.

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 U-M Library databases. Consult the Alumni Association's page on Library Access for more details.

Alumni are also eligible to purchase borrowing privileges at a discounted rate.

The University Library has a page with additional information about alumni services.

Am I allowed to borrow books?Return to Top

Yes, for a fee. See Borrowing Privileges for Alumni and Guests.

If you have questions, please email: 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

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 U.S. 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.

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.
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.

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.




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

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. 

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 1950s.

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 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 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.

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

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

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

TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network) 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).

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

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

Listed below are a some free online 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

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.

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. 
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.

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 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.

NIH Senior Health
The National Institutes of Health'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.

Michigan Medicine Health Library
A resource provided by Michigan Medicine to help consumers make decisions about their health. Includes an A to Z listing of Health Topics and links to Michigan Medicine resource centers and centers, with information on conditions, diseases, medical tests, medications, treatment options, and key decision points, alternative approaches and support groups

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

Please contact the specific library building or department to find out the available options for guest wireless connectivity.

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

This option is not currently available at the Taubman Health Sciences Library. 

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Last modified: 02/08/2019