Now that you are leaving the University of Washington, you may have questions on how to access some of the health sciences resources that you have used while here at the University of Washington.
The e-resources on the UW Health Sciences Library webpage that are annotated with a lock icon are restricted by license agreements to current UW faculty, staff and students. This Life after the U libguide will suggest a variety of unrestricted websites to visit to find similar information. You may also want to consult the public libraries or the library at your place of employment for additional resources.
Services for Health Care Practitioners Licensed in Washington State: HEAL-WA
If you are a member of one of 15 groups of health care practitioners licensed to practice in Washington State, you are fortunate! You now have access to a collection of online databases (e.g., MEDLINE, CINAHL, Cochrane, DynaMed, Natural Standard, Nursing Reference Center, Visual Dx, etc.), over 200 electronic books and full-text articles from over 5000 journals through the HEAL-WA website. Eligible are Washington State licensed professionals in the following groups: Physician (MD or DO), Registered Nurse, PA, ARNP, Naturopathic Physician, East Asian Medicine Practitioner, Chiropractor, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Massage Practitioner, Licensed Midwife, Optometrist, Podiatrist, Psychologist, Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. HEAL-WA focuses on providing evidence-based information to a variety of clinical providers to support patient care. Please visit the HEAL-WA site for more information.
NOTE: The following Washington State licensed professional groups will have access to HEAL-WA beginning January 1, 2014: Licensed Practical Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Dietitian, Nutritionist, and Speech-Language Pathologist.
Services for UW Alumni
UW alumni may continue to use many of the library resources after graduation. See the Services for UW Alumni website for information on Onsite Borrowing Privileges, Self-Service Photocopying, Quick Reference Assistance, Online Resources, and more.
In addition, UWAA members have online access to journals via the EBSCO Academic Search Alumni Edition database, which provides 3,000 academic journals in full text, plus indexing for 5,000 more.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Northwest Region (NN/LM PNR)
Phone: 206.543.8262, 800.338.7657 (within region)
NN/LM PNR is the service that coordinates and funds programs committed to meeting needs for quality health information via a network of libraries and organizations in the northwest. Located in the Regional Network Office at the Health Sciences Library, University of Washington, NN/LM PNR is run under contract with the National Library of Medicine. Its aim is to promote access to health information resources for health professionals and the public in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. NN/LM PNR staff will refer people to library and information services based on needs and situations, will fund educational activities about health information, and can provide training and consultation concerning online access to information resources, e.g. searching PubMed or MedlinePlus, and using health information resources on the Internet.