If you need a person to help you figure out how to access the resource you want, right now, call the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library circulation desk at 203-785-5352 or email AskYaleMedicalLibrary@yale.edu. If the library is open, someone is answering this phone number and email address!
Usually, your Yale credentials (on the Yale Secure wireless network or the Yale VPN) will get you access to most journal articles. If you have a problem, use Cushing/Whitney Medical Library Interlibrary Loan to request a PDF of the article. It's fast and free!
Demo one: the YaleLinks page works perfectly
Demo two: the YaleLinks page says "not available online"... but you can get the article easily and quickly through interlibrary loan. Sometimes interlibrary loan has the brand "Get It @ Yale."
If you have a topic and want to find relevant articles, use a literature database like PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, Embase, or Google Scholar. Learn about core public health databases and specialty databases on our Public Health Information Guide.
Different publishers offer different ebook platforms. You might need to set up an account to download the book; you might have a time limit for using downloads; there might be a limit for how many people can use the book at one time. These restrictions will usually be explained on the book's landing page on the publisher/aggregator website. If you have questions, ask!
You can use print books from any Yale library -- not just the medical library! When you request a book, you can have it delivered to the medical library circulation desk, your dorm, or your mailing address.
You can use print books from other university libraries, too! Borrow Direct is fast, self-service interlibrary loan.
If the book you want isn't available in Borrow Direct, make an interlibrary loan request.
Some professors post readings on their course websites with the Canvas Course Reserves tool or the Canvas Files tool -- look on the left navigation of the course website.
And of course you can also use Borrow Direct to request a copy of a print book from another library.
There may be some textbooks that you can't access through the library as ebooks. That's because publishers sometimes decide not to sell certain books as library ebooks. It's always ok to ask if the library can buy a book -- but sometimes the answer will be "no," not because of money, but because of the publisher's policy.
Yale ITS (Information Technology Services) can help with these tools, which you'll need to access library resources on and off campus.
Get help from ITS