Services - Digital Library Help
The Digital Library provides access to online resources selected for Vanderbilt's biomedical community and reviewed by library staff members, including those provided through library subscriptions and freely available online tools. These include peer-reviewed journals, citation databases, specialized databases such as those providing information about genetics and molecular biology and other topics, online textbooks, links to government resources and data sources, sources of images for use in presentations, tools for research and education, and many others.
The Digital Library also includes resources related to the history of Medicine and the history of VUMC, as well as finding aids for manuscripts collections, the VUMC Archives, and other archival collections curated by the Eskind Biomedical Library.
See the guide below for basic tips for Digital Library use. You may also contact us for further assistance.
The default search will look for your search terms in the title. If you know what resource you are looking for, begin entering it in the search box - an autocomplete feature will suggest resources to you; click on the correct one or finish entering a title manually and click Search. Title searches can include journal title abbreviations. For example, a title search for aids clin care will return the record for and link to the journal "AIDS Clinical Care."
Uncheck the "restrict to title" box to search the title, description, keywords, subjects, and other terms. For example, see these results for a keyword search for eating disorders.
The advanced search provides more options for finding appropriate resources when you don't already know a specific title, by combining keywords, subjects and formats. For example, it could be used to find online books on adolescent health.
Use the browse features to explore lists of available resources by type or subject.
- click on this for more information about any resource, including descriptions and mobile device details
- items with this icon are available only to current Vanderbilt University personnel
- items with this icon are available only to current Vanderbilt University Medical Center personnel
- items with this icon are not available for remote access; all other resources can be accessed remotedly with a valid VUnet ID and password
- items with this icon are Special Collections materials, such as finding aids for the VUMC archives
- items with this icon are Knowledge Management resources, such as UpToDate Clinical Reference
The records for each resource include descriptive information provided by the library staff, including date ranges (for journals), publication dates, descriptions/reviews of the resources, information on mobile access, links to Spanish-language versions where available, and more. This information is provided to help you better find resources that meet your specific learning/reading need.
Finding Resources for Mobile Devices
Use the advanced search, and check the box that says "Find resources designed for mobile devices." Click on the icon to learn more, such as whether downloadable guidelines, dose calculators, full resource access, or other features are available for mobile devices.
Most resources are available from off-campus to current Vanderbilt faculty, staff and students; see our Remote Access page for further details.
Search Acorn or PubMed
Click on the Acorn tab to do a search of Vanderbilt's university-wide catalog ("Acorn"), which includes print and online resources from all of the Vanderbilt libraries. You will be taken into the Acorn website to view your search results.
Click on the PubMed tab to do a basic keyword search of the PubMed database of biomedical literature citations. Your results will be a list of article titles; click on "More Results" at the bottom of the list to go to the PubMed site for more detail on your results and to do more powerful/detailed searches.
Finding Archival and Historical Materials
Title and keyword searches will return these materials; in the advanced search the following formats are most relevant: Archival Resource(s); Biographical Resource(s); Journal Article(s); Online Exhibit(s).
Get Help With Other Tools
Training sessions are generally free to Vanderbilt personnel; training is also available on campus and off-site to non-Vanderbilt groups for a fee.