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Guests: Accessing Articles



Accessing Articles Post-Graduation or Post-Residency


Due to licensing restrictions, the NECO Library is presently unable to provide direct off-campus access to subscribed resources or interlibrary loan services to graduates and former residents. However, there are several options available to you.


NEW     NECO Library Alumni Document Delivery Service

Document Delivery is a new service offered to NECO alumni and former residents. You may request full text book chapters and articles from within the NECO Library's collection, and we will make them available online for you to download securely.

To request a copy of an article or book chapter from within our collection, please complete this form. Materials requested via Document Delivery will be processed within 1-2 business days. Any requests made after 3 pm will be processed the next business day. Please note that there is a maximum of 5 requests/week per patron.


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   Evidence-Based Point-of-Care Tools

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.


   Your Local Public Library

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 your area and ask about their fee-based consultation and literature search services. Most have extensive electronic resources.

Cost: FREE

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.


   Purchasing Individual Articles

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.


   Freely Available Databases

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.


   Centre for Reviews and Dissemination Databases

   Directory of Open Access Journals

   DGQuery: NCBI Global Cross-Database Search



   TRiP Database: Turning Research into Practice


   Medecins Sans Frontieres Field Research



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