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Medical Student Course Guide for accessing UCI Libraries' Resources

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.

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Library Services & Quick Tips

Why Set up a My NCBI account?

  • Save your PubMed searches and create alerts
  • Receive new articles from the saved searches
  • Save collections of articles and share them 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 step-by-step instructions below: 

  1. Go to PubMed@UCI

  2. On the PubMed homepage, click Log in (located in the upper right corner). 

  3. Select Google Account and log in with your Gmail username and password.   
    NoteYou can choose to log in with your UCInetID by selecting more login options, then enter Irvine in the search box. Then 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 up your PubMed Preferences, click on your login name (located in the upper right corner) and select DashboardThis will take you to the My NCBI page.   

Setting your My NCBI Preferences will make sorting through your search results faster and easier. 

Watch a short video here or follow the steps below:

See the image below for an example of the selected PubMed Filters that were shown in Step 2: Filters & Icons.

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

Quick Tips on accessing articles from the UCI Libraries

Last updated: June 9, 2022

  1. If you are connecting from UCI Campus or UC Irvine Health, you automatically have full access to the UCI Library restricted online resources. You do not need to take any steps below. For personal laptops, click here to Register your device for UCI’s wireless access on campus,  Click 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 other restricted online resources on the Grunigen Medical Library Core Resources page. 

  3. When configuring the VPN software, be sure to choose the Group UCIFull. Once you log in and connect to the VPN with your UCInetID, you have full access to all 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  icon, which takes users to UC Library Search to access the article online. If the article is not available, it directs users to the Interlibrary Loan request form.

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 UC Library Search before requesting an ILL.

  • Google Advanced Search
    • The Google Advanced search is a built-in feature of Google. It provides a search page with various search fields for a user to specify additional requirements for a search. The additional requirements help Google to refine the search.
  • Google Advanced Image Search
    • Google advanced image search allows users to tweak an image search in a number of ways including Color, Safe search, Domain, File types, Size, and keywords.

If you have a complex research question, please contact one of the medical librarians for assistance. Go to "Ask a Librarian (Reference Services)" and select Appointment.  In the "Make an Appointment" pull-down, select VIRTUAL (Zoom), then select "Biological and Health Sciences - Biology, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmaceutical, PubMed Health".  

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.