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As the academic year comes to a close, the HS/HSL would like our graduating students to know what resources they can use after graduation.

Journals and databases: Alumni are able to access the Health Sciences and Human Services Library's (HS/HSL) electronic resources off campus for two months after graduation. After that, you will need to come to the library to access online journals and databases.

RefWorks: If you have saved references in RefWorks, consider migrating them to a freely available tool so you do not lose them when your access expires two months after graduation. Remember, the HS/HSL’s subscription is ending June 30. Consider moving your references to a free option, like Mendeley or Zotero. To see how their features compare, visit our Other Citation Managers page.

Free databases: Once your electronic access expires, you still will have access to public databases for literature, drug information, and more. A few examples are highlighted below. Additionally, be sure to investigate what resources you have through your new workplace and any professional organizations of which you are a member.

Freely Available Databases Type of Information Can Be Used in Place of
PubMed Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycINFO, etc.
Google Scholar Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycINFO, etc.
NLM Drug Information Portal Drug Information Micromedex, Lexicomp, Natural Medicines
MedlinePlus Patient-Friendly Health Information Micromedex, Lexicomp, UpToDate, Natural Medicines
National Guideline Clearinghouse Clinical Practice Guidelines UpToDate
TRIP Database Literature Embase, CINAHL, Ovid MEDLINE
NCBI Databases Various – literature, chemical information, genetic/genomic information, etc. SciFinder, Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycINFO, etc.
Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) Literature Embase, CINAHL, Scopus, Ovid MEDLINE, PsycINFO, etc.


The HS/HSL wishes you all the best in your future endeavors! Please contact the Information Services Desk if you have any questions.

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