When you become a student at UCSF a library account is created for you. Staff, faculty, residents, Masters and PhD candidates, postdocs and fellows should also have accounts.
One way to check your status is to go to this webpage and enter the information: https://ucsfcat.library.ucsf.edu/patroninfo/
If you need help with your account see this page for more: https://www.library.ucsf.edu/use/borrowing/accounts/
News Note: The UC Library system is becoming more integrated at the end of July 2021. The evidence you will see of that is a change in the catalog, the search box on the library homepage, and how you request articles. Article requests will become much simpler and not rely on you finding the 14-digit number on your UCSF picture ID.
The information in this page reflects the current state. We will update information as we launch the new version.
If you are on campus or in campus housing connect to the library with the UCSFwpa network. If you are off-campus connect to the library using the MyAccess login https://myaccess.ucsf.edu/eai/UCAlias/jsp/home.jsp.
Key bookmarks will get you to resources with less clicks
UCSF Library homepage (library.ucsf.edu)
GoogleScholar (scholar.ucsf.edu) This is a UCSF linked version of GoogleScholar which has UCeLinks to full-text of articles. See above right for what links look like...
The EZproxy "bookmarklet" makes it easier to read the full text of articles to which UCSF has access when you are not on campus. This page shows how. If you are stopped from seeing the PDF of an article by a paywall (I.e., you are asked to pay for access to the article). This is especially useful if you find things through Google, Google Scholar, or the public version of PubMed. Use this when you are not on the USCFwpa network and “hit a paywall” (I.e., you are asked to pay for access to the article).
The search box on library home page searches everything to which UCSF Library has access. This will change a bit beginning at the end of July, 2021. A new UC-wide version will appear at that time and have similar functionality. More details to come! See this page for more details: https://ucsflibrary.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360005370714
Requesting articles from the library. If we do not have access to the full text of an article you can request it. Here are two resources which describe the steps to do so. We are in the process of consolidating this information but for now we are showing you both of them as they each have some unique information.
Library spaces https://www.library.ucsf.edu/use/student-study-spaces/
Mobile access to selected library resources https://ucsflibrary.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/360020898554-Library-Resources-on-a-Mobile-Device
Harrison’s Textbook of Internal Medicine https://accessmedicine-mhmedical-com.ucsf.idm.oclc.org/book.aspx?bookID=2129
Current Medical Diagnosis and Therapy (updated yearly) https://accessmedicine-mhmedical-com.ucsf.idm.oclc.org/book.aspx?bookID=2957
Cochrane Library home of gold standard systematic reviews about interventions https://ucsf.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://uclibs.org/PID/4649
CINAHL (a nursing and allied health database): https://ucsf.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://uclibs.org/PID/377469
Evidence-Based Practice Resources https://www.apta.org/patient-care/evidence-based-practice-resources
Nursing: UCSF Library Nursing Library Guide https://guides.ucsf.edu/nursing#s-lg-box-1944344
Pharmacy Library https://pharmacylibrary-com.ucsf.idm.oclc.org/
Drug Facts and Comparisons https://fco-factsandcomparisons-com.ucsf.idm.oclc.org/lco/action/home
LWW Health Library Pharmacy https://pharmacy-lwwhealthlibrary-com.ucsf.idm.oclc.org/index.aspx
ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry https://ebd.ada.org/en/evidence
ZSFG Library Guides/Website: See here for clear information about what is available to you: https://www.library.ucsf.edu/zsfg/
Yale MeSH Analyzer is a tool in which you enter information from PubMed about articles you have found. With this tool you create a spreadsheet with which you can analyze the words in title abstract and keywords as well as Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) in order to improve the sensitivity and specificity of your PubMed search.
http://mesh.med.yale.edu/ to help find words to use in a search.
Nexi Uni newspaper content and government documents
Rayyan free, web-based title and abstract screening tool for synthetic reviews