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Clinical Essentials: Find health information: Overview

How to find information for clinical care and research




Get 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 for the publication


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

— Locate a specific article with Find by Citation
Clinical decision support UpToDate
Textbooks AccessMedicine

UC Library Search
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 to locate the full text

If you don’t see this button in a search result, 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 Library access problems 


  Check that your VPN is properly configured if you are connecting from off campus

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

  Follow our step-by-step guide to resolve Library access problems

  Use Ask Us to contact us for Library guidance and support