Answered By: Harry L. Whitlock II
Last Updated: Jun 30, 2017     Views: 35

There are several ways that a healthcare provider in a remote location in Wyoming can obtain medical information, especially to obtain those important journal articles about current therapies and research.

The Wyoming State Library is a resource available to those employed by the state department of health or a public health department. In particular, the website provided by the Wyoming State Library has databases that may be freely accessed by any resident of Wyoming with a valid public library card. Click on the "Health & Medicine" and/or "Nursing & Allied Health" listings.

For healthcare providers who are involved in the UW Family Medicine programs at Cheyenne and Casper, the UW Libraries provides access to authorized students, staff, or faculty. If a person is unsure if she or he is authorized access, contact the UW Libraries Help Desk (307-766-3190 or 2070, or toll-free 1-800-442-6757

UW Libraries do not provide exhaustive  literature searches, nor offer fee-based searching for UW-affiliated or public patrons. We will provide information and tutorials on how to access information, but searching for articles or books is the responsibility of the patron. This link is to the "Tutorials" library guide, which provides short videos on how to search for information and use library services.

The databases and catalog of the UW Libraries may be searched by non-UW patrons, but the articles and ebooks cannot be accessed. This is because of the UW Libraries' licensing agreement with the providers of the databases and ebooks. If an article is needed by the practitioner, there are three ways to obtain this information: the "Loansomedoc" program, interlibrary loan through a local public library, or personal purchase of the article.

The best and least expensive method is to use Loansomedoc. This is a service provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Articles that are in the  PubMed database may be obtained through this program. This link to the library guide for Social Work provides a description of and a link to sign up for the program: This link is to a pdf pamphlet describing the program:

Interlibrary loan (ILL) through your local public library is another way of obtaining the article. Contact your local  library for more information and to determine what resources can be provided. Costs may vary depending on the library's policy and the cost of the article.

The most expensive way to obtain an article is directly through the publisher. We recommend exhausting all other avenues of obtaining the information before purchasing.

Another source of articles is available to graduates of the University of Wyoming. The UW Alumni Association (UWAA) provides a select set of databases, including health, medical, nursing, science, and psychology. This link is to the library guide about this resource:  Users must register with the UWAA. Graduates of other universities may wish to inquire with their alma mater to determine if a similar alumni benefit is available.

Wyoming Department of Health:



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