Health Sciences Library Orientation 101

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The CU Anschutz Health Sciences Library Orientation 101 is designed to provide a basic overview of library services, resources, and the library's webpage. For questions about this webpage or the tutorials, please contact Lynne Fox, Many of these tutorials are currently being planned and created, so check back for new modules.

See the Searching for Evidence Based Information Tutorial for tips and search techniques.

The orientation includes the following sections and modules:

I: Introduction

  1. The objectives of this course are:
  2. To provide essential information about using the library
  3. To familiarize you with the layout of the library’s website
  4. To inform you of the services the library provides
  5. To introduce you to some major resources used by students and clinicians

II: Getting-Started-And-Finding-Full-Text

This tutorial covers the following:

  1. The Library web page is at or Google Denver health library (we should be the top link)
  2. Click Ask Us to get help in a variety of ways.
  3. Log in from off campus using your university student ID number or your 6 digit employee number (to find the number, click the My UCDAccess link at the top left of the Library’s homepage, then login in with your email login  )
  4. Click on Up to Date/CLINICAL TOOLS (lefthand column) to find Clinical Point of Care resources.  Use the eBooks link to find online text books for reference, and the Library Catalog link for books, click the Resource Guides tab, then Browse Resource Guides to find a subject or help guide, or select another tab to search PubMed, Google Scholar, or for a journal title.  
  5. Use the black and gold article linker from many different resources / Use the Full-Text@CU Anschutz in Google Scholar  
  6. Use FindIt! to explore and discover articles on topics of interest to you and locate specific articles when you know the title and author.
  7. Learn more – subscribe to our newsletter, sign up for classes, refer to our handouts, and view our tutorials (it’s ok to sign up for a class, not come due to work schedules, then sign up again, but please use the Ask Us to let us know that you can’t attend).
  8. Check our a reserve text or access electronic reserves, get help with citation software like EndNote, use our rooms for meetings, trainings, or presentations, or use an iPad, computer or laptop in the Library so you don’t have to bring your own.
  9. Don’t struggle!  Use Ask Us if it takes longer than 5-15 minutes to locate what you need.  It’s our job to find information, your job to appraise it and apply it to clinical care!

III: Tour the library virtually

The tour briefly describes the following:

  1. The Building
  2. Location
  3. History
  4. Customer Service Desk
  5. Reference Collection, New Books
  6. Help from Reference Librarians
  7. The Information Commons, equipment, printing, and WiFi
  8. Study Rooms
  9. Writing and Career Center
  10. The Amesse Collection of Popular and Leisure Reading
  11. Classrooms
  12. Stairwell, Elevator, Restroom, Water Fountain Locations
  13. Second Floor Journal Collection, Study Areas, Patios and Decks
  14. Third Floor Books, Special Collections, Reading Room and Art Gallery
  15. Reserving Rooms

IV: Tour of the library’s webpage

  1. The modules of this section of the course will help you learn about the four zones of the library's webpage:
  2. The top banner
    • Includes discussion of the following items:
    • Search
    • Services
    • Help
    • About the Library
    • Contact Us
  3. The "Favorite Tools" to the left
  4. The search box and news in the center
  5. The news and information on the right

V: Information about library services

  1. The modules of this section of the course will help you learn about services offered to library users:
  2. Directions to the Library
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. InterLibrary Loan
  5. Mobile/Smartphone Resources Guide
  6. Staff Email and Phone Numbers
  7. Student Email
  8. Suggest Items for the Collection

VI: Major Clinical Resources

  1. Finding Alternative or Complementary Treatment, Supplements, and other Products
  2. Finding Calculators, Rules, Tables, Lab Results, Procedures, or Tests
  3. Finding Differential Diagnosis Resources
  4. Finding Disease & Condition Information including Diagnostic Test or Treatment Recommendations
  5. Finding Drug Information
  6. Finding Evidence Based Information
  7. Finding Nursing and Nursing Diagnosis Information
  8. Finding Patient Education Handouts and Resources
  9. Finding Patient Education Materials in Languages Other Than English
  10. More Tutorials for resources and software

VII Summary

  1. Points to remember:
  2. Use your student or employee ID number to access resources from off campus. Hospital employees should use an H before their ID number.
  3. Ask Us whenever you need guidance, we’re here to help.
  4. Use the links at the top or left of the webpage to get to frequently used pages. Use the “All Databases” link at the bottom of the Top Resources list to see all of our resource links.
  5. Use the upper right search box to find webpages on our site, and the main search box in the center of the page to search PubMed or Google Scholar articles, online or print journals, or our Resource Guides.
  6. To locate journals, use the "Find Journals" page, OR use the gold and black "Article Linker" button that appears in many of our resources.
  7. To locate books, DVDs, audio CDs, computer files, and videorecordings, use the library catalog.
  8. You can take a class, complete an online tutorial, or view our handouts through the library’s website.