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Information Literacy for Health Sciences Students

This library guide grew from the question "what should each UCSF health sciences student know about information finding and organization by the time they graduate?"

The utter basics

Why follow these suggestions? You will save clicks, time and aggravation. Saving clicks is good. Spare time is the best.  If you save your aggravation you will have plenty left over for the things worth being aggravated about!



or in UCSF facilities:

  • Use UCSFwpa (UCSFguest is usually slower and it takes extra clicks to access the information that UCSF purchases)


(or more technically, off the UCSFwpa network)

  • Do NOT use VPN to access the library, it just does not work very well... (VPN means JunosPulse and
  • Use MyAccess. There are two way to do this:
    • Go to when you start an information finding session, click on anything (almost) and you will be prompted to log in with your MyAccess credentials
    • If you forget and then find some publisher wants to charge you $50 for access to full text of an article, click on Reload via EZ Proxy!
    • What is this EZProxy thing you speak of?
      • Click on Troubleshoot UCSF Full Text Access (see image below)
      • Scroll down the page until you see a little "orangish" rectangle with Reload via EZProxy in it.
      • Click and drag that to your bookmarks tool bar on your browser.

OK... Now you are ready for the next steps...