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Health (Nursing, Medicine, Allied Health)

Guide to research sources and tools for locating health evidence in books, journals, databases.

GetIt Links

If you are viewing a record for an article online and you'd like to access the full-text, keep an eye out for "GetIt" links or NYU buttons.  These buttons/links will take the citation information in the record, and search through the library's catalog to see if NYU has a subscription to the journal, with coverage of the volume/issue where that article was published.  

Library Databases

In library databases, the GetIt links will look often like this:

Grey and Red NYU 'GetIt' Button

GoogleScholar

It is possible to set up your GoogleScholar settings to show NYU GetIt links to search for the full text of a citation you find there.  For directions on how to see those links, visit this guide.  

Once you've set GoogleScholar to show those links, you'll be able to look up citations in GoogleScholar, and follow the GetIt@NYU link to locate the full next via NYU Libraries.  

GoogleScholar results page showing GetIT@NYU links

 

Library Catalog

Journal Lookup

When you have the citation of an article and you'd like to find the full text via NYU Libraries, you can search for the journal's name in the library catalog to determine if NYU has a subscription that covers the volume/issue that you need.   

For example, consider the following citation:

Lieberman-Cribbin, W., Tuminello, S., Flores, R. M., & Taioli, E. (2020). Disparities in COVID-19 testing and positivity in New York City. American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 59(3), 326-332. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2020.06.005 

This article was published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Screenshot showing you can search a journal's name in the main library catalog at library.nyu.edu

Searching for that journal name in the library's catalog has revealed that NYU has a subscription through Elsevier to this journal, with online access starting from Volume 1, Issue 1 (1985), which means that this more recent article (published in volume 59, issue 1) will be covered.  

Catalog record showing Online Access for the American Journal of Preventive Medicine

Search by Citation Tool - Digital Identifier

The NYU Libraries catalog also as a citation searching tool that allows you to input citation information and look up individual articles.  This tool works well when you search using a unique identifier number associated with the article you're trying to find, such as the DOI or PMID.  For the example citation above, the DOI was: 10.1016/j.amepre.2020.06.005

Screenshot showing where to input DOI in citation lookup tool

Off-Campus Access

Many of NYU Libraries licensed resources depend on IP authentication to verify users' affiliation with NYU. In other words, you need to access the resource with an IP address that is known to be associated with NYU. 

On campus, this often happens automatically. But when accessing resources from off-campus, it may be necessary to route through the library's proxy server, or the VPN, in order to access the resource with an NYU-specific IP address.  

Proxy Server

There are a number of ways to route through the library's proxy server, including following the resource links on the library's website, or adding the proxy prefix to the URL of the resource you're trying to access.  

Proxy Prefix:

Add this "proxy prefix" in front of the URL: http://proxy.library.nyu.edu/login?url=

For example, if the URL of an article is:
   http://www.jstor.org/stable/3056806

Then you can edit the URL to look like this:
   http://proxy.library.nyu.edu/login?url=http://www.jstor.org/stable/3056806

This new URL will prompt off-campus users to login with their NYU NetID and password, and then give them the same access as they would have on campus.

VPN

You can also use the NYU-VPN to gain access to library resources in a way that is similar to being on-campus.  For more information about using the VPN, see this guide.

For additional information about Off-Campus Access, see:

Interlibrary Loan

While NYU Libraries subscribes to thousands of publications, you may find a record or a citation for an article that was published in a journal for which the library does not provide coverage. 

GetIt page showing Resource Not found for an article from a journal NYU Libraries does not subscribe to

In those cases, you have the option of requesting the article via Interlibrary Loan, a service which allows you to gain access to materials owned by non-NYU Libraries.  Before placing an Interlibrary Loan request, you may find it helpful to chat with a librarian to verify that NYU does not provide access to that title.