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Medical Student Course Guide: Library Services & Quick Tips

This guide is specifically designed for UCI medical students. It provides direct links to online key resources and textbooks for the undergraduate medical education curriculum.

Important Changes to NCBI Accounts Coming in 2021

Do you login to NCBI to use MyNCBI, SciENcv, or MyBibliography? Do you submit data to NCBI? If so, please click here to read further to get a first glimpse at some important changes to NCBI accounts that will be coming in 2021.  The page also includes instruction on how to link and transition your current NCBI account.

Creating a MyNCBI Account

Why Set up a MyNCBI account?

  • Save your PubMed searches and create alerts
  • Receive new articles from the saved searches
  • Save collections of articles and share with your collaborators or peers
  • Set PubMed display preferences which will make scanning search results much more efficient.

Watch a short video here or follow the steps-by-steps instruction below: 

  1. Go to PubMed@uci

  2. On the PubMed homepage, click Log in.  

  3. Select Google Account and login with your gmail username and password.   
    Note: You have an option to login with your UCInetID by selecting more login options, then enter Irvine in the search box to filter the search. Select  University of California Irvine and log-in with your UCInetID and password.  A DUO two factor authentication is required.

  4. If you already have a  My NCBI account, select Link account.  If you don't have a My NCBI, select Create a new account.
  5. Once done, this will take you back to the PubMed homepage with your login.
  6. To set your PubMed Preferences, click on your login name and select DashboardThis will take you to the My NCBI page.   


Set MyNCBI Preferences -- This will make sorting through search results faster and easier. 

Watch a short video here or follow the steps below:

  1. Once logged in to MyNCBI
  2. Click on  MyNCBI Site Preferences (Near upper right of page)  
  3. See the figure below for instructions to change your PubMed Preferences


The mage below is an example of PubMed Filters that were selected and shown in step 2: Filters & Icons.


  • The video below provides a quick tour of the new My NCBI home page and function. 

Connect from Off Campus via Cisco VPN Software

Quick Tips on accessing articles from the UCI Libraries

Last updated: August 16, 2017

  1. If you are connecting from UCI Campus or UC Irvine Health, you automatically have full access to the library resources and don’t need to take any steps below. For personal laptops, click here to Register your device for UCI’s wireless access on campusClick here to register for UC Irvine Health’s wireless Connection.

  2. If you haven’t connected to the UCI Libraries from off-campus before, the Connect from off-Campus Software VPN tutorials can help you. 
    Note: WebVPN does not require you to download additional software, but you will encounter problems accessing PubMed@UCI and most of the medical resources and databases. Therefore, you must download, install, and configure the software VPN before visiting PubMed@UCI and resources such as Access Medicine and the Bates’ Videos. 

  3. When configuring the VPN software, be sure to change the default “Group" from WebVPN to UCIFULL. Once you login and connect to the VPN with your UCInetID, you have full access to all the UCI Libraries online resources with a few exceptions from the Law Library.

  4. Always use PubMed@UCI on the Grunigen Medical Library website to search for medical literature.  PubMed@UCI provides access to the , which provide links to full-text articles if available. The UC-eLinks icon also provides access to the UC-eLinks Request It for items that are not available at UCI.

Health Sciences Librarian

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Linda Murphy
Linda Suk-Ling Murphy, MLIS
Health Sciences Librarian
University of California, Irvine
The UCI Libraries
P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
(949) 824-6419
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Connect from Off Campus

Download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN Software

Watch a short video on VPN download and configuration

  • In the Ready Connect box, enter:
  • In the Group drop-down menu, select UCIFULL 
  • Enter your UCInetID and password 

Conducting a Medical Literature Review

Interlibrary Loan

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service enables UC students, faculty, and staff to borrow materials from other libraries that are not available at the UCI Library. Please check Library Search before requesting an ILL.

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Ask a Librarian

If you have a complex research question, please contact one of the medical librarians for assistance. Go to the "Medicine & Health Sciences" section on the Subject Librarians page for their contact information.

If you need immediate help with any technical questions or want tips for accessing research articles, you may use the CHAT, Email, or other options available on the "Ask a Librarian" webpage.