Leaving Anschutz Medical Campus? Suggestions for a smooth transition

This time each year, students, residents, fellows, and faculty prepare to leave the Anschutz Medical Campus to pursue careers elsewhere – an exciting (and occasionally overwhelming) prospect! After you have left the Anschutz campus you will no longer have access to our library’s resources, so we have compiled the following suggestions to help you transition your research and resources to your new institution.

Find out if you will have access to a library with your new affiliation.

If you will be affiliated with a hospital, health system, or academic institution, you should have access to a library or information center. Check the institution’s website or contact administrators to find out about library services. Don’t hesitate to contact the health sciences librarian at your new institution. He or she will be a valuable source of information about your new organization as well as clinical and research information.

Evaluate clinical point-of-care resources.

If you will be affiliated with an institution that does not provide access to clinical point-of-care resources, you may opt to purchase a personal subscription to one of these resources. Evaluate clinical resources offered by the Health Sciences Library before you leave. Current individual subscription prices for some of these products are provided below.

A doctor looks at books in a library.

By Scome-squ. [CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons]

Use Loansome Doc to obtain copies of journal articles.

If you are entering private practice or joining an organization without a library, consider opening a Loansome Doc account to obtain copies of journal articles (usually for a fee) from a hospital or academic medical library in your area. To find out about your options for document delivery and other support services, contact the National Network of Libraries of Medicine at 1-800-338-7657. If you are joining an institution with a library, you should be able to obtain articles using their Interlibrary Loan program.

Email your Ovid search strategies.

If you will have access to Ovid databases at your new institution, you may want to email your saved searches to yourself before your Ovid account with the Health Sciences Library expires. You can then recreate your searches in your new Ovid account. If you’d like help from a librarian at the Anschutz Health Sciences Library, AskUs! for assistance.

Get help setting up PubMed search queries.

Many of you will use the freely-available PubMed to search MEDLINE. PubMed allows you to save searches and receive regular updates on current research in your field. To learn how to set up a My NCBI account to save searches in PubMed, visit the My NCBI web page. Again, if you’d like a hand doing this, AskUs! for help.

Check out local libraries in your new location.

Visit the public library in your new location and ask about resources. Even libraries in small towns may offer access to major medical and science journals. Libraries at public colleges and universities sometimes offer services to local communities so if you will be located near a public college or university, explore the options they provide.

Find and download smartphone apps that will help you locate information quickly.

While many apps are linked to subscription-based products, some great apps are free or very inexpensive.

  • Epocrates: Drug, disease, and diagnostic information. Free. Android or iOS
  • National Library of Medicine apps: Free.
  • Skyscape: Drug information and calculators. Free.
  • UMEM Pearls: Evidence based educational pearls by UMD faculty members. Free. Android or iOS
  • Point of Care apps: CME on a variety of topics. Most are free. iOS only; web platform available as well.
  • Read by QxMD: A platform to help you keep on top of new medical and scientific research. Searches PubMed and provides topic reviews as well. Free.
  • Calculate by QxMD: Clinical calculators and decision support tools for healthcare providers. Free.
  • Micromedex series: Drug calculators, interactions, and more. Most are free.
  • Medscape: Medical news and calculators, drug information & tools, disease information, etc. Free.

A close-up photo of a surgeon's face as he operates.

By Phallinn Ooi. [CC BY 2.0 via Flickr]

Take advantage of resources that are free or available with professional memberships.

The benefits of membership in professional societies usually include access to the society’s publications. (For example, membership in the American College of Physicians includes access to ACP Smart Medicine.) There are also many resources that are available for free – a selection of these is below.

  • BioMed Central: 150+ peer-reviewed open access health sciences journals.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals: 4,100+ open access journals in all subjects including dentistry, medicine, nursing, and public health.
  • Disease Management Project: Online medical textbook from the Cleveland Clinic.
  • FreeBooks4Doctors:  360+ medical textbooks arranged by specialty.
  • Free Medical Journals: 4000+ medical/health journals.
  • Guideline Index: 2,500+ summaries for various diseases and conditions from the National Guideline Clearinghouse.
  • HighWire Press Free Online Full-Text Articles: a massive archive of full-text articles on a variety of topics including medicine. Some are free, some require payment.
  • Medscape: Healthcare information from various medical publishers (registration is required).
  • Medscape Reference: Directory of information on more than 7,000 diseases and disorders, including images and multimedia content.
  • MerckMedicus: Medical news, online learning resources, and diagnostic tools (registration is required).
  • NCBI Bookshelf: A collection of online biomedical books from the National Library of Medicine.
  • PLoS Journals: Open access, peer-reviewed journals on a variety of topics published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS).
  • PMC (PubMed Central): A free full-text archive of nearly 4 million biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the National Library of Medicine.
  • RxList, The Internet Drug Index: An easy-to-search database of information about prescription medications. It includes a drug identification image database.

The faculty and staff of the Health Sciences Library wish you the very best of luck as you move on to exciting new endeavors. We are here to help you make a smooth transition!

If we can be of any assistance as you plan your departure, please contact us — AskUs! or call us at (303) 724-2152.

Milestone Mondays: Study Zone Demo Completed

Monday June 19. 2017. Library Study Zone remodeling proceeds smoothly and spacious future floor plan begins to take shape.

View from the north end looking south, 2nd floor area construction demolition completed

The week ending June 16 brought to close a major milestone in construction and remodeling up on the second floor of the Health Sciences Library. Contractors completed the demolition of nearly five thousand square feet on the far north end of HSL’s second floor. The construction team successfully removed all journal stacks, original ceiling, light fixtures, counters, carpet tiles and much more. With the area torn down and apart, the process continues to start building!

Students using the library this summer can be seen more and more wearing noise cancelling headphones during this disruptive but exciting period. The completion of demolition marks a milestone on the road to future success. Anschutz students looking for more study rooms in the library and a study area offering sharp focus for intense and long-term work periods will not be disappointed later this year in October. The completed space will have great natural lighting and vibrant colors to keep you awake. The Study Zone will have a kitchenette area, two energy nap pods, seating for over a 100 users (prior seating in area was 25), and creative & diverse furniture options for different quiet-study modes. Stay tuned for more news as things develop.

Before (May 2017) Journal stacks in the area prior. All moved to PASCAL on campus.


After (June 2017) Demolition and deconstruction finished.


The library will add updates to this news blog, post weekly on Facebook about progress, and we continue to host a board display in the first floor lobby of the library to keep the community informed with a visual timeline and other drawings from the project.

Going forward after demolition, framing of rooms and new walls begins — studs arrive. If you like photos of the action, follow us on Facebook for weekly posts and pics. See the FB photo archive labeled ‘2nd Floor Study Zone & Renovation 2017 HSL’.

The future Study Zone at HSL is not quite “club med” but the amenities and design will support success by providing an inviting place with a rejuvenating ambiance to get your study on and focus in relative quiet.

A main Study Zone blog page is also up at https://hslnews.wordpress.com/study_zone/.

Architectural vision & drawing of future space

Questions, please reach out to Douglas Stehle at Health Sciences Library. 303-724-2139 | douglas.stehle@ucdenver.edu

New resource: Current Protocols

We now have access to several Current Protocols in Wiley!

Here is the entire list:

Current Protocols in Bioinformatics Online
Current Protocols in Cell Biology Online
Current Protocols in Chemical Biology
Current Protocols in Cytometry Online
Current Protocols in Human Genetics Online
Current Protocols in Immunology Online
Current Protocols in Magnetic Resonance Imaging Online
Current Protocols in Microbiology Online
Current Protocols in Molecular Biology Online
Current Protocols in Mouse Biology Online
Current Protocols in Neuroscience Online
Current Protocols in Nucleic Acid Chemistry Online
Current Protocols in Pharmacology Online
Current Protocols in Plant Biology
Current Protocols in Protein Science Online
Current Protocols in Toxicology Online
Current Protocols Stem Cell Biology
Current Protocols: Essential Laboratory Techniques Online

ClinicalKey linking problem

We are aware of a problem linking to some articles in ClinicalKey. Instead of going to the full text of the article, users are taken to a MedLine abstract within ClinicalKey. It does not happen with every article.
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f you experience this problem, we have a few work-arounds:

  1. You can look for the journal in our Journal A-Z list and click down through the volumes and issues until you get to your article.

  2. Search for the article within ClinicalKey itself.

    We apologize for the inconvenience and are working with our linking service provider to find a solution.

New Book List

Book Stacks

Critical appraisal of epidemiological studies and clinical trials

Janeway’s immunobiology

Modern infectious disease epidemiology

Public health law : power, duty, restraint

Robbins basic pathology

Strauss-Wisneski Indigenous and Integrative Medicine

The treatment of PTSD with Chinese medicine : an integrative approach

Waring History of Medicine

From clinic to concentration camp : reassessing Nazi medical and racial research, 1933-1945