posted on Oct. 11: Health Sciences Library expands electronic resources and services


October is Health Sciences Library month and members of the University community are invited to vist the Library virtually. The Library now provides full access to most of its electronic resources and services from within and outside the Library's walls.

No longer do you have to plan your research around the Library's hours or drive through a snowstorm to come in to do your literature searching. The HSLinks databases, which include, Medline, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Allied and Complimentary Medicine (AMED), and others, are now accessible from any computer linked to the internet.

Similarly, the Library's full-text online journals are now easily available from a home computer. If you are a McMaster student, faculty or staff member, simply select the HSLinks or the Online Journals button on the Health Sciences Library Web site and begin your research.

If you use an internet service provider (e.g. Sympatico, Netcom, etc.) rather than the McMaster enhanced modem pool, you will need to log into the Web proxy server.

McMaster's new Web Proxy Service allows you to create a proxy between your off-campus computer and all of the Library's licensed electronic resources. Additional information about McMaster's Web Proxy Service is now available at

Other resources and services available through the Health Sciences Library Web site include the ability to search the Library catalogue, forms for requesting articles not owned by the Library, guides to health-related Web sites, and a variety of other tools that can be used to identify health science information sources.

If you have not had the opportunity to use the Library's electronic resource collection, now is the time to visit the Library's Web site ( or drop by and learn about what you've been missing. Arrangements can be made for groups or individuals wanting instruction by e-mailing, calling ext. 22327 or visiting the Library's Information Desk.