Due to licensing restrictions, the NECO Library is presently unable to provide off-campus access to resources or interlibrary loan services to graduates and former residents. However, there are several options available to you.
Point-of-care tools are resources designed to quickly and easily answer clinical questions, often when seeing a patient. These tools synthesize the best evidence available on a topic, and are updated regularly. Well-known point-of-care tools include DynaMed Plus, UpToDate, and Clinical Key.
Advantages: This is the easiest and quickest way to obtain high-quality content to inform your decision making in the clinic.
Disadvantages: Point-of-care tools require a subscription, which can be very costly.
You can also request articles and books from your local public library, through their interlibrary loan services. Speak with the staff at your local library for details. Another option is to contact any of the large research libraries in the Boston area and ask about their fee-based consultation and literature search services. Most have extensive electronic resources.
Advantages: This is the lowest cost option, with services either free or at a minimal charge, depending on the library.
Disadvantages: The turnaround time may be slow.
Loansome Doc is a fee-based option for obtaining articles found in MEDLINE or PubMed. An arrangement will need to be made with a Loansome Doc supplying library. For more information:
Advantages: Access to articles for what is usually a reasonable fee per article.
Disadvantages: Fees and services vary by library; there is no guarantee that there is a participating library in your area; turnaround times may be long.
If you are only occasionally in need of journal articles, an additional option is to purchase each article needed directly from the publisher's website.
Advantages: Most journals are now available in electronic format, and it is easy to get from a citation in a database to the journal publisher's site, where the article can be purchased and downloaded instantly, usually as a PDF.
Disadvantages: Depending on the publisher, articles purchased individually can often be very costly.
The following databases are entirely free to use, and do not require a login. Some of the articles are available freely in open access journals, while others require purchasing.
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