FAQ, Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How can I access online restricted resources from home?
  2. I'm not currently affiliated with the Univeristy of Utah, can I pay a fee and gain access to the library restricted resources?
  3. Does the library offer any classes?
  4. How do I find articles from professional medical and health sciences literature?
  5. How do I find out whether Eccles Library owns a journal?
  6. What is the library catalog? How do I use it?
  7. What are the functions of the Boolean operators?
  8. How do I renew an item I have checked out?
  9. How do I order an article from a journal you don't carry?
  10. Does it cost to order journal articles?
  11. Can I make copies at the library? If so, how much does it cost?
  12. Can't find an answer?


  1. How can I access the library's online restricted resources from home?
    Use EZproxy. All current University faculty, students and staff can connect to the University Network from off campus. See Remote Access for fuller instructions.

  2. I'm not currently affiliated with the Univeristy of Utah, can I pay a fee and gain access to the library restricted electronic resources?
    In a word, no. The license agreements and contracts the library signs with publishers or vendors restrict access to current University of Utah students, staff and faculty. However, not all resources are restricted to the University community. There are several electronic resources on our web site which are freely accessible, such as our Library Catalog and PubMed MEDLINE from the National Library of Medicine.

  3. Does the library offer any classes?
    Yes! We offer workshops for faculty, staff, students and others in database searching, full text databases, consumer and business resources, Internet resources, HTML, reprint file management, and presentation software. We can also meet with you one-on-one for a consultation. To register or for more information, please visit the Consultations and Workshops page.

  4. How do I find articles from professional medical and health sciences literature?
    To find professional journal literature, by subject, keywords or authors, consider using databases such as
    • PubMed MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's premier bibliographic database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. PubMed "provides access to over 11 million citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals and includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources." Take the PubMed Tutorial.
    • CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, covers over 1200 professional journals in nursing, 17 allied health disciplines, and health sciences librarianship, with coverage as far back as 1982. In addition, CINAHL offers access to healthcare books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software in nursing, audiovisuals, and book chapters. CINAHL also contains complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association. CINAHL with Headings contains CINAHL-specific headings. EBSCO and Cinahl Information Systems recommend using the Cinahl Thesaurus that is supplied with the database in order to get the most accurate and targeted search results. This database is updated weekly on EBSCOhost.
    • See the Medical & Health Sciences Databases, A to Z page for a full listing databases that index professional literature.

  5. How do I find out whether Eccles Library owns a journal?
    - Find full text journals by title with eJournals
    - Find article full text with CitationLinker (Copy & paste PubMed's PMID or publisher's DOI number into relevant box.)
    The Library Catalog can tell you what journals (volumes and years) are available (online or in-print) at libraries on campus, which Eccles Health Sciences Library, Marriott Library and Quinney Law Library.

  6. What is the library catalog? How do I use it?
    The Library Catalog is a discovery tool to find items available from the University of Utah libraries.
    With this search and discovery tool you can search all University of Utah Libraries:
    • J. Willard Marriott Library
    • S. J. Quinney Law Library
    • Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library
    • Emma Ray Riggs McKay Music Library
    • Harold and Kaye Dunn Orthopaedic Library
    • Hope Fox Eccles Clinical Library
    • John and Toni Bloomberg Ophthalmology Library
    Features include:
    • Find books, journals, digital content and more using one search interface
    • Access e-books and e-journals with one click
    • Save items in a personal e-Shelf or export them to EndNote
    • Narrow your results by availability, collection, resource type, topic, publication date, language, author, and classification
    • Get suggestions for different searches or strategies if you don't find what you need
    • Use Google/Amazon-like features including: Did You Mean? (Spell-Check), Find More Like This, & Book Covers

  7. What are the functions of the Boolean operators?
    Boolean Operators:

    Use the following operators to require or exclude keywords in your search:
    Keyword Action
    AND Finds only records containing all of the specified words or phrases. septic AND shock finds records with both the word septic and the word shock.
    OR Finds records containing at least one of the specified words or phrases. septic OR shock finds records containing either septic or shock. The found records could contain both, but do not have to.
    NOT Excludes records containing the specified word or phrase. septic NOT shock finds records with septic but not containing shock.

  8. How do I renew an item I have checked out?
    See Renewals.

  9. How do I order an article from a journal you don't carry?
    Use our ILLiad service - you will need to register and create your ILLiad account. PubMed users: first register with Loansome Doc, then ILLiad. After finding citations in PubMed, use the "Order" option listed under the "Send to" box.

    Journal articles, books, chapters and audiovisuals not at Eccles Library can be requested. Arrival time is dependant on delivery mode (fax, U.S. mail, electronic) and availablity at other libraries. Turn-around time for journal articles is usually 1 - 3 days. Most loans are subject to a fee and U.S. Copyright law. Rush service is available at additional cost. See Interlibrary Loans for more information.

  10. Does it cost to order journal articles?
    Usually there is a cost to order articles, books or audiovisual materials from other libraries; but students can order articles for free. See our Fees page for a list of charges. Most lending libraries charge $10.00 - $12.00 per article, and that is what we charge you. (If you are not affiliated with the University of Utah, the charge is higher.)

  11. Can I make copies at the library? If so, how much does it cost?
    Copiers are located on the main level. Self-service copying is 10 cents per page.

  12. How long can I borrow a book, or a journal?
    See the Borrow, Renew, Request.

  13. Can't find an answer?
    Ask a Librarian online, by phone or in person.