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Clinical Essentials: Find health information: Overview

How to find information for clinical care and research




Find articles, books and more


 Step 1:   Connect to the UC San Diego network


If you are  ON  campus:

  Connect your laptop or phone to the UCSD-PROTECTED wireless network


►  Log in to a UC San Diego campus computer


If you are  OFF  campus:

►  Establish a UCSD VPN connection


 Step 2:   Search


Publication type Search here:
Articles PubMed (UC San Diego version)

— If you have a citation, you can locate the full text through Find by Citation
Clinical decision support UpToDate
Textbooks AccessMedicine
Databases A-Z databases
Journals Journal Search
Books UC Library Search

Find additional information sources through the Online Clinical Library →


 Step 3:   Get the full-text publication


  Click the  button in a search result to locate the full text

If you don’t see this button, click on the 'PDF,' 'Full Text,' or 'Download' link.


  Did you encounter a paywall?

If a publication requests payment or subscription access, this means the Library does not have the item. 

We can check external libraries to find a copy for you: Request an interlibrary loan →


 Troubleshoot your Library access 


  Check your VPN connection if you are off campus

  Contact the ITS Service Desk if you need assistance with VPN setup

  Resolve Library access problems step-by-step

  Ask Us for guidance and support with Library journals, books, and databases