Welcome (back) Students! We’re Here for You!

Brandon Patterson

Brandon Patterson
As the Technology engagement librarian, I connect you to digital tools and emerging technologies. I create meaningful experiences using prototyping tools, virtual reality and online learning platforms.

The Eccles Health Sciences Library is here for you! We’re here to make your life easier by providing you with resources and instruction that will help you be a better doctor, dentist, pharmacist, nurse, physical therapist, physician assistant… whatever you’re coming to school for! You can ask us questions at any time!


Here are a few things to get you started as you familiarize yourself with resources available to you at the library:

Find a Place to Study

The Eccles Health Sciences Library sits between the School of Medicine and Eccles Health Sciences Education Building. We have three floors available for study and offer 24/7 card access for health sciences students, fellows, post-doctoral students and residents. The top two floors are for quiet study while the lower level serves as a great spot to take an online course or meet with a few colleagues. The library is staffed Monday through Friday from 9am – 3pm.

We’ve Already Done Some of the Work for You

Don’t know how to get started? Well, information experts from the library have compiled several dozen Research Guides to help you get started. Find a quick start guide, where to go for articles most relevant to your field, find images and videos, discover apps, download a citation managing tool, and more inside the guides. We have some popular guides listed under “research guides” on the front page of the library homepage.

Start with the Right Database

Getting a research project off the ground or finding the right information you need at the moment can be difficult without knowing what information is already out there or where to look. Pick a database that’s right for your project. We’ve listed several of the most visited databases in our “Quick Links” section located on our homepage. You can also visit them via our A-Z index under “Research Databases.”

Need textbooks? Find them online

Many of the textbooks you might need are found electronically via our library catalog. On our homepage, find the University Library Catalog Search, enter the name of the title you might be looking for. You might notice lots of articles that pop up reviewing the textbook, on the right-hand side, filter your results to only include books. From there, you’ll see the book title and whether or not it is available online.

Get Off-campus Access to Full-Text Articles

Full-text articles are available 24/7 through the Eccles Health Sciences Library website. To access articles from a database, select the “off-campus access” page on our homepage.

Off-campus access

Still Can’t Find What You’re Looking For? You’ll find it through Interlibrary Loan.

The University Libraries are part of a consortium of libraries throughout the nation that is working to get you the information resource you need. If we don’t have the full-text article or book you are looking for, someone from Interlibrary Loan can find what you need. The easiest way to request something is to find the resource in our library catalog. Often, it’s easiest to use the Citation Linker on our website to find the exact article, book, or journal you’re looking for in our catalog. After finding the resource and not seeing an “online access” link, “Request an Article” or similar to send a request to our library. It usually takes between 24 – 48 hours for your request to be completed.

Find Tech You Need

Do you need a laptop or mobile phone charger? We have those. Have a video or podcast you need to record? Reserve a space in The Studio. Interested in how 3D printing, virtual reality and other technologies are shaping the health sciences? Check out resources here. In addition to technology located physically inside the library, we can also connect you with a plethora of resources available online including MobileU, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Cloud, Zoom Pro, EndNote and others from the Office of Software Licensing, and virtual private networks (VPNs). If we can’t assist you, someone at the University of Utah’s IT department can help out.

Remember that We’re Here for You!

Chat with a librarian or information professional during regular business hours by Asking us a Question. You also have the option to email, call or text us. You can also set up a consultation for research help, citation management support, systematic review assistance, and more. We also offer writing assistance from the Writing Center. No question is too big or too small, so whether you need help installing an app or figuring out a topic for your dissertation, we’re happy to help!

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