Services for Students

Course Reserves

Course Reserves provides electronic access to posted course materials, and students use the system by logging in with Emory NetID and password. Class Reserves are physically located in the Health Sciences Center Library; print copies of books are available to students for short term loan for use in the library.

Training by Request

The library offers scheduled classes on a variety of subjects.  If you can't attend one of these sessions, we can bring the class to you.

Groups of 3 or more can request training delivered at a convenient time and location, customized according to their needs.

Classes include:

  • Accessing Library Resources for Nurses
  • EndNote for the Beginner
  • EndNote for Public Health
  • Finding Health Datasets for Secondary Analysis
  • Planning for a Systematic Review
  • PubMed for Public Health
  • SPSS Basic
  • Thesis and Systematic Literature Review for Public Health

To request training, contact Ask A Librarian.

Personalized Services

Informationists provide specialized services to individuals or groups to support research, teaching, and patient care. To schedule an appointment or request a service, please contact Ask a Librarian. Some of the services offered are:

Search for Articles

Describe Your Topic

Describe the main topic as specifically as you can, then focus it by considering these factors:

  • What are the age groups, geographic locations, socio-economic considerations that you want to include?
  • Will comparisons be made with other diseases, conditions, methods?
  • What potential outcomes do you want to consider? (cost reduction, improved communication)
Think about the scope of what you need--a few recent articles from major journals or a comprehensive search of publications?  Do you need evidence-based information from clinical trials?

If your topic is too broad or you cannot clearly define what you want, look for background information, an overview, or a few good review articles to help clarify the concepts.

Search Databases

Databases such as PubMed or Web of Science are organized collections of citations of articles from peer-reviewed journals. The information  is organized to allow comprehensive searching of millions of publications, with the objective of identifying a focused list of the relevant citations. 

 Select database

Emory Libraries subscribe to over 700 databases, spanning may topics, but the three databases listed below are the best sources to find biomedical literature.

  • PubMed - premier biomedical database which covers clincal, public health, basic science, health care and other categories
  • EMBASE - broad biomedical coverage with more emphasis on pharmaceutical and drug literature; complements PubMed
  • Web of Science - multidisciplinary database using key word searchng and which features cited reference searching 

 To explore more databases, click here.


Find Article Full Text

In order to access full text articles from database search results use the button. Start at the library's website to access a database to ensure the button will be displayed either next to the citation or on the abstract.

If the article is available electronically, there will be a link beside "Full text available at."

If the article is not available electronically, select "Request via ILLiad." ILLiad is the name of the Emory Libraries' Interlibrary Loan service. For more information on ILL, click here.

Articles may also be located by looking for a specific journal title in Browzine or discoverE, the library catalog.