As A Hospital-Based Healthcare Professional, You Have Medical Library and Professional Journal Access as an Employee Benefit
You can look up journal citations at your healthcare institution’s online library.
Today's mission: Learn how to access your healthcare facility’s library and how to request an article or journal related to your work
|Keeping up on literature in your field|
As a clinician, you can go to your library (physical or just online) and request they subscribe to a peer-reviewed journal(s) in your field. Or, if there is a specific article that the library doesn’t have access to and you only need that article, not the full journal access, request to order a copy of that specific item. You will need the full citation and to give the reason for the request. Examples: “necessary for a presentation I am working on” or “directly related to my professional practice.”
Check to see if they (the library or your online reference system, depending on how your workplace is organized) already have a subscription to the journal you want. Verify what type of subscription it is. For example, subscription types may be physical, electronic, or both.
"At Madigan Army Medical Center, I could go down the library, which was next to the graduate studies department, and review print journals and check some types of books or journals out. At my workspace, I had access through my computer to the library, a login, and the databases of journals the library subscribed to. I could also request journal access for journals in my field, as an employee benefit. It was up to the library’s process to decide if that subscription was electronic-only or electronic and print, etc.
"At Portsmouth Naval Medical Center, I could go to the library that had books and journals and many other items for perusal or check out. I could also work with the librarian to request items not available at that location or any other research help I may need." -Megan Kingsley Gale, MSAOM
“At the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), there are multiple library locations, as well as online access to journals. The medical librarians are very helpful in providing support for specific requests you may have. As a clinician you may be able to request full articles online through our access points with a username and password. If you are new to the [UCSF healthcare system] library, there are several classes to orient you to its resources and how to use them. These classes are extremely helpful and specific times and locations are posted. Some classes are walk-ins, while others require registration ahead of time. The library has its own mailing list, so you may also sign-up for this to receive its newsletter with updates of services and classes.” -Helen Ye, LAc, clinician at UCSF
- You and your colleagues get access to it as an employee benefit
- Easier to find references for your presentations or stay updated in current evidence-based practices in your field
- Easier to quote citations and find the full article
- Easier to share favorite articles with your hospital sponsors/advocates in your facility who also have access
- JACM—broader focus on integrative health paradigm. Often has articles on integrative health programs, including acupuncture, in healthcare systems. Not exclusive to acupuncture but includes the work of acupuncturists and acupuncture researchers.
- Information for your library on how to request access: https://home.liebertpub.com/publications/the-journal-of-alternative-and-complementary-medicine/26/recommend
- JASA—specific to LAc work. Often has articles relevant to hospital-based practice from lit reviews to health policy commentaries. Focused on our field’s paradigm.
- Subscription information for your library: https://www.meridiansjaom.com/subscriptions.html
- Journal of the American Society of Acupuncturists (JASA), formerly Meridians: Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
- Evidence-Based Acupuncture (EBA)
- Society of Acupuncture Research (SAR) is associated with
- The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine (JACM): Paradigm, Practice, and Policy Advancing Integrative Health
- NCCIH’s resource page, Know the Science
- follow the tag/labels in this blog for: "research literacy" and "metrics"
- Research Basics and Practical Applications for the Healthcare Clinician
- The Integrative Medicine Researcher
- Research Thursdays: Oncology
- Resource: The Massage Therapy Foundation
- Dr. Helene Langevin, NCCIH, and acupuncture research
- The Teaching Kitchen Collaborative and Healthy Kitchens, Healthy Lives
- The FDA Roadmap on Patient Reported Outcome Measures (video series)
- Research Journal Resources for Authors Page by JASA, formerly Meridians JAOM
- Articles related to the Hospital Practice Handbook Project that have been published in peer-reviewed journals can be found on our publications page.
- Acupuncture and Fascia Research
- Key Papers when discussion acupuncture for pain management with a physician
- The Field of Acupuncture Research in Just 10 minutes (video)
- Resources for the New Hospital Employee
- Basics of Being a Healthcare Professional Employee: Wisdom Share Series
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