Welcome to the UNC-Chapel Hill Medical Student Guide to Finding Health Information. As a member of the Carolina community, you have access to many valuable search tools, online journals and reference works. This tutorial will highlight a selection of the information resources on the Health Sciences Library's Clinical Reference page, with an emphasis on what you need to know to use these resources efficiently and effectively.
The Clinical Reference page is your gateway to the UNC Chapel Hill digital library. It is designed to provide quick links to high-quality, cllinically-focused information. These resources and tools will be needed throughout all four years of your medical school study and training, and beyond!
This tutorial is not intended to offer a comprehensive overview of every item listed on the Clinical Reference page. Instead, a selected list of key resources will be profiled. Tips on navigation, searching and efficient use will be provided. In the last section of the tutorial on getting help, you will find links to other valuable instructional aids. For students in the "Molecules to Cells" block, look for some specific tips on information needed for problem-based cases.
The tutorial is divided into three main sections, with three sub-divisions
Accessing resources on the Clinical Reference page
All of the resources are available from on-campus computers, including workstations at UNC-Hospitals. Off-campus access is available to UNC students, faculty and staff using your Onyen and password. There are two notable exceptions to this situation: UpToDate and Micromedex are only available on-campus. The Health Sciences Library aims to make every item we offer location-independent. In some cases, though, the information providers impose restrictions that result in limitations. Access questions or problem reports should be sent to Ask-A-Librarian.