SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University
The Medical Research Library of Brooklyn
Off-Campus Access to Library Resources
When you access Library resources from Off-Campus, you will have to sign in to the Library proxy server. The server masks your home IP address to let the resource know that you are in fact a member of the Downstate Community.
When you click on a link for one of the Library's licensed resources, you will be asked for a user name and password. Your proxy server user name and password are the same as the ones you use to login to your campus email account or your Blackboard account.
- Access User Center (McGraw-Hill)
BMJ Best Practice
- Searching in BMJ Best Practice (BMJ Group)
- ClinicalKey Resource Center (Elsevier)
- How to Use the Cochrane Library (Wiley Interscience)
Ebscohost Research Databases & CINAHL
- EBSCOHost Tutorials (EBSCOHost)
- CINAHL HELP (EBSCOHost)
- Concise Tips for Using CINAHL
When you first enter CINHAL, you will be searching by keyword. To search by subject heading , select “CINHAL Headings” in the blue bar at the top of the screen.
Enter your first term. If CINAHL is able to find a match, you will be offered a series of choices. Click in the box next to the term you wish to search on.
If you wish to add more terms, click on the link “Browse Additional Terms” at the bottom of the page. Then search on your next term and choose the term you want. The system remembers your previous terms. Once you have entered all the terms you need, click on the green button labeled “Search Datbase”.
To apply necessary limits, click on the option for “Advanced Search” below the search box. You may apply as many limits as you like. Then click on the green button labeled “Search”.
To look at the abstract for a specific article, click on the title. Some publishers allow you to link out to the full text of an article by clicking on “Full Text” link at the side of the abstract document.
If you want to apply subheadings, choices will appear after you have selected the term you want to search. Click in as many boxes as appropriate and then click the green button labeled “Search Database”.
If you want to combine searches, click on the option for “Search History” beneath the search box. You may combine as many searches in the history as you like by clicking in the box next to the search. When you have selected the appropriate searches, click on one of the white buttons labeled “Search with AND” or “Search with OR”.
If you want to email your results, click on the folder icon next to the reference. To view your folder, click on the link labeled “Folder” in the blue bar at the top of the screen. While in “Folder View” you can select results to save, print, or email.
If you find a good article and want to what other similar articles exist, click on the link labeled “Find Similar Results” at the side of the record.
Elsevier Science Direct
- ScienceDirect Help (Elsevier)
- EMBASE User Support (Elsevier)
Health and Wellness Resource Center
- Guided Tour (Gale)
- User Guide (Community Studies of New York)
Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database
- PolicyMap Tutorial - Reinvestment Fund
- PubMed Tutorial (National Library of Medicine)
- Concise Tips for Using PubMed
When you first enter PubMed, you will be searching by keyword. To search by Medical Subject Heading (MeSH), select “MeSH Database” at the bottom of the screen.
Enter your first term. If PubMed is able to find a match, you will be offered a series of choices. Click in the box next to the term you wish to search on, if more than one is offered. Click on the button labeled “Add to Search Builder” on the right side of the screen.
Perform this step as many times as necessary. You will begin to see your search build up in the search box. When you have entered all the terms you need to, click on the button labeled “Search PubMed”.
To apply necessary limits, select the filters on the left side of the screen. You may apply as many filters as you like by clicking on the value of the filter applied.
To look at the abstract for a specific article, click on the title. Some publishers allow you to link out to the full text of an article by clicking on an icon at the top of the abstract
If you want to apply sub-headings to your search term, click on the term and you will get a detailed display of all available options.
If you want to combine searches, click on the option for “Advanced Search” on the grey bar that contains the search box. You may combine as many searches in the history as you like. Remember to place the pound sign (#) before the set number.
If you want to email your results, select "E-mail" from the link labeled "Send to".
If you find a good article and want to see what other similar articles exist, click on the link for “Related Articles”. To find the most recent article, click on the link labeled "Sort by". Then select "Publication Date". This will sort the articles with the most recent coming up first.
Another option in PubMed that is helpful if you are searching for evidence-based articles is to click on “Clinical Queries” at the bottom of the screen. Enter your search terms and then from the results menu, select the type of article you are searching for (therapy, diagnosis, etiology, and prognosis). Then decide whether you want to find the most focused articles (specificity) or a broader look (sensitivity). You can also look for Systematic Reviews on this page.
Keep in mind that with this option you are always searching by keyword.
- UpToDate Tutorial (UpToDate)
- Using Wiley Interscience (John Wiley and Sons)