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Library Research FAQ

FAQ and introduction to using A.T. Still Memorial Library for online research and learning

How to Login to Library Resources

There are three ways to access ATSU's subscription journals and other content.

ATSU Portal
  1. Go to the ATSU portal at
  2. Login
  3. Search for the word "library"
  4. Click on the tile that says A.T. Still Memorial Library 
Library Website
  1. Go to the Library site at
  2. Start your research
  3. When you try to do something that requires a password, it will ask for one

Note: If you want to login immediately or override any local settings, click on the link that says Advanced Search. It will offer a login.

Journal or Database Website
  1. Find a resource using Google, a direct link or bookmark, or other means
  2. Click Login
  3. Look for an option that says "institutional login" or "Open Athens"
  4. Try to login using your ATSU ID and password. If we have a subscription, it may work.
    1. We may still have it even if this does not work. Try searching the library website.

Start Your Research

Start your research from the The Library's homepage or your Program Toolkit Page.

The Library's homepage gives you access to multiple search options for its resources, each best for specific types of research.  Select them from the top tabs visible on the large Still OneSearch box visible near the top of the library homepage.

Still OneSearch

StillOneSearch image

This search includes the overall largest number of resources.

  • All of the Library’s journal articles, e-books, most subscribed research databases and indexes including MEDLINE and CINAHL, etc.

Add limits from the results screen.

  • full-text, peer review, resource type, date range, etc.

​You will find many results that are not full-text, but you can still get them – see the Request an Article interlibrary loan link on this page for directions.

Start here for most research, in any subject.


Starting your search with Pubmed

This search includes PubMed and its included resource MEDLINE, the premier biomedical research database in the world.

You can search PubMed freely anywhere, but if you start at the Library's site, you can include all of the full-text journals that ATSU provides.

Add limit from the results screen.

  • full-text, species, age range, document type, date range, etc.

Start here for medical research questions.


Start your search with e-books

This tab searches the Library Catalog.

Start here to find e-books.

Find Your Program's Resources

The Library creates Program Toolkits that pull together the most useful resources and tutorials for each program. Every student can use every resource that the Library offers, but these collections include those of special interest.

Learn to Use the Library's Resources

Learn to use ATSU's subscribed online resources using these guides. 

Library Research FAQ Brief explanations and how-tos about searching, evaluating, and using specific types of resources such as databases, articles, apps, research tutorials, etc. Includes descriptions and information about Boolean searching, interlibrary loan, clinical resources, 3D printing, and more
Database & Resource Help Guide Tutorials, help guides and training information for the Library's subscribed databases and resources
e-Book Help Guide e-Books often have very different platforms and forms; use this guide to find information about specific ones
Research Tutorials A select collection of detailed tutorials to support health sciences and academic research

Find a Book or e-Book

The Library offers several major ways to find e-books and books.

If you know the book’s title, try searching for it in the Library Catalog, which is linked in the top left menu of the Library homepage.

  • To access an e-book, click on the link below the book information that says A.T. Still: Click to access.
  • To find a print book, visit the listed Library or request assistance if it is listed as in storage

Search straight from the Library homepage using the e-Books tab of the search box:

Search for e-books

Search straight from the Library homepage using Still OneSearch box by:

  • Run your search using the Still OneSearch box
  • Check the e-books limit on the left-side menu to limit results to e-books

e-books limit search screen

The Library has many required textbooks and recommended references as e-books. When possible, these are directly linked on each program's Program Toolkit guide, visible on the right side menu of the Library homepage.

Special e-Book Issues

  • The Library has e-books from multiple publishers and sources, which means that they do not all look the same. See the e-Book Help page for more information about using a specific e-book or publisher.

  • Some e-books allow one person to use them at a time, some allow a few, and some allow the entire university.
  • If too many people try to use an e-book at once, the newest person will not be able to access until one of the others finishes and closes their browser.
    • Please close e-books as soon as you are finished to be courteous to your peers.
    • If you cannot get into an e-book, try again in half-an-hour.
    • If you want to know how many users a particular book allows, check its catalog record or Ask Cyberlibrarian.

Special Print Book Issues

  • The majority of the print books are housed in the Missouri Library. If you are at the Mesa or California campuses and wish to use a print book that appears in your search results, you can get it quickly through Interlibrary Loan. If you are not able to visit a campus library, you cannot borrow print books, but you can request pdfs of chapters from them.

What if we do not have it?

If we do not have an e-book or print book and you want to use it, you may:

Find a Journal

The Library has thousands of full-text journals that will give you immediate access to articles. There are many ways to find them, but some are better for specific purposes.

If you already know the journal title

Click on the Browse eJournals link in the Discovery Tools box on the library homepage.

  • Search for the journal title
    • Do not search for or include the article title
  • Browse by year and issue number to find your desired article

If The Library does not have the journal article you need in full-text, you can ask us to order it for free through Interlibrary Loan. This typically takes 1-3 business days.

If you want to monitor the journal for new articles

Use BrowZine, an app and web resource that will let you create a personal ID to save journal titles of interest and monitor them for new articles. Available for iOS and Android or via a browser. Use it to get:

  • Alerts for new articles or issues
  • A single point to download or read articles from all sources
  • Tools to move and organize articles

See the BrowZine guide for more information about how to use it.

If you want to find available full-text journals for a topic

Click on the Browse eJournals link in the Discovery Tools box on the library homepage to open BrowZine

  • Browse by subject category to see most available full-text journals
  • Some available journals are not included in the subject browse lists. You can still find these journals by searching for them within BrowZine, as described above.
If you want to find journal articles from many journals All of the above methods work best if you already know there is a specific single journal that you are interested in finding. To find a variety of articles rather than only articles from one journal, use Still OneSearch or PubMed.

Find a Database

The Library provides access to dozens of databases that include full-text and abstracted journal articles, e-books, government reports, clinical guidelines, datasets, images, videos, and more.

Search most databases at once
Find a specific database
  • Search or Browse for databases by name or subject using the Library's Database A-Z list on the Library homepage in the Discovery Tools box

If you need help using a database, contact Susan E. Swogger or If you need to report an access problem with a database, contact Lora Hanson.

Find the Full-Text Article for an Abstract

It is very common to find an interesting abstract or citation for a journal article from a source that does not offer freely available full-text. You might find one in a reference section from a book or article, in a database that you search, using Google, while visiting a journal's publisher site, or in many other locations.

The Library provides four easy, free methods that you can use to get fast access to the full-text for this article.

Search by Article Title

Search for the article title using Still OneSearch on the library homepage.

  • If you do not find the article and it has a long title, try searching for just the first 6 words
  • If you do not find the article and it has a short title, use the limiters on the left side of the results screen to limit by year and to "academic journals"
Browse the Library's e-Journal List

Click on the Browse eJournals link, which you can find linked below the Search button on the Still OneSearch box or in the Discovery Tools box on the library homepage.

  • The BrowZine Library tool will open
  • Search for the journal title
    • Do not search for or include the article title
  • Browse by year and issue number to find your desired article

Use LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad icon  LibKey Nomad is a Chrome extension that will search ATSU's collections for the full-text for articles from some external sites like PubMed or Wikipedia, as well as hundreds of other scholarly publisher sites.

Once installed, it will automatically display an access button on the article abstract that will take you right to ATSU's full-text directly from the site you are on with one click. 

Request an Interlibrary Loan

If The Library does not have the journal article you need in full-text, you can ask us to order it for free through Interlibrary Loan in several ways:

This typically takes 1-3 business days but may take up to 10.

Note:  Due to the COVID-19 caused disruption to access to physical library spaces nationwide, interlibrary loans may take between 2-5 days at present.

Find Data Sources

Find government data
Find open research data
Find tutorials for understanding health data and statistics
Find references and textbooks to help analyze data
Find more help on working with Data 

Find Dissertations

Dissertations, theses and capstone projects are great sources of information about both research and about useful sources that other researchers have found.

What is a dissertation, thesis or capstone project?

Each of these is a type of final project produced as an outcome of advanced studies in order to earn a doctorate, master's degree, or advanced certification. Most contain detailed summaries of existing knowledge on a topic as well as new research or implementations. 

Why would you want to find one?

This kind of document is a good source for:

  • literature reviews
  • surveys or other measurement instruments
  • suggestions for areas in need of further research

Where can you find them?

Dissertation Sources List of available ATSU subscription and Open Access dissertation sources
Interlibrary Loan

It is less possible to get a dissertation through Interlibrary Loan than any other type of resource, but it is worth trying if you want one that is not available full-text.  

  • If all that you want is the literature review, or bibliography, make sure to include this in your interlibrary loan request. These are more available than full dissertations.
What if you still can't get it?

If all else fails, we suggest that you seek out the author and ask for a copy of it or its literature review or bibliography.

Try seeking the author using LinkdInResearchGate, or Google

The Library cannot do this for you, but you may have good look asking yourself.

Find Drug Information

The Library offers a number of different resources for finding different types of drug and pharmaceutical information.

Library Pharmacology Guide  See for more detailed information about drug databases, e-books, journals, etc.
Drug & Pharmaceutical Databases Browse all subscribed databases offering a wide variety of Drug Information from a clinical & research-based perspective
Dental Drug Information
Drug Pricing Resources

Drug prices are highly variable; try using these resources to find them.

Drug Dosing & Compounding Information
Drug Use Statistical Information
Natural & Complementary Medicines
Vaccine & Infectious Disease Treatment Information
Pill Identification
Pharmaceutical Journals Browse key full-text journals about Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences here
Drug News

Find Exam Prep Resources

The Library offers a number of resources for board examination, shelf examination, and other review.

Exam Prep Guide Interactive tools, e-books, apps, case studies, self-quizzes, etc. for exam review

Find a Test, Measure, or Instrument

It is not uncommon to require a survey or other type of assessment for use in any sort of setting, whether clinic or classroom or corporation. The library provides many resources for finding information about already established assessment instruments or for assisting with adapting or developing an original one.

Find an instrument or measure by topic or name
Find a review of an instrument
Find the complete text for some instruments

Useful keywords for searching for instruments in Article Databases

Look for articles researching your topic using your preferred type of measure - what did other people do to study this question?

  • assessment, instrument, survey, measure, measurement, inventory, test, questionnaire, validity, reliability, psychological tests, health assessment, [specific instrument name], etc.
Create a New Instrument

Sometimes you cannot find an instrument that already exists. Consult these resources to create a new one:

Find Clinical Point of Care Information

The Library provides access to many evidence-based Point of Care (POC) resources and references meant for use in clinical situations. Your clinical rotation site probably provides more, or a different means of accessing the same resources. Use these to look up clinical information or guidelines when you need it.

Point of Care Resources
  1. Click on the Databases link on the Library's Homepage.
  2. Limit the Databases A-Z index by Purpose to Clinical-Point-of-Care.
  3. To narrow the list of Clinical Resources by subject, select your preferred subject area. For Example: 
Clinical Guidelines

Find clinical guidelines from major authorities both open access and provided by ATSU:

Mobile Access
  1. The Library website is optimized for mobile use and should provide a seamless experience regardless of means of access.
  2. The Library also provides access to individual apps for a number of key mobile resources, including UpToDate, ClinicalKey, Dynamed Plus and more.  See here for a full list.

EHR Access

(Clinical Rotations)

Most Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems include integrated access to one or more clinical resources for use during patient interactions.

The full extent of information will be available, but access and searching may function differently than independent access to the resource. Consult your placement site to learn how to use its provided resources effectively.

Find Clinical Trial Information

You may need to search for clinical trial information either as a practitioner - many patients will be interested in participating in them - or as a researcher.

It is very common for information about research studies to be available from clinical trial registries long before it is published in a journal article. This is especially true if an investigation found that an intervention or treatment did not work for a specific health concern - you will quite often only be able to find this information in an unpublished trial.  Additional or different types of information about clinical trials is also available outside of published research studies or conference presentations.

Very large registry funded and housed by the National Library of Medicine

  • Required for all trials with US federal and many private funders
  • Use the Advanced Search to limit to trials for various types of interventions; at different Phases; trials recruiting, in process, and completed; etc.
WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP)

Very large registry funded and housed by WHO

  • Visit for international clinical trial standards information
  • Regularly imports wide assortment of national clinical trial registry data
  • Search for the most comprehensive collection of clinical trials worldwide



Use PubMed to find articles published about clinical trials

  • Search for condition, treatment, intervention, etc. of interest
  • Click on Additional Filters from the Results screen
  • Click on Article Type to find many types of articles, including clinical trial phase options and types
Individual Corporate or Research Center registries

Many private corporate, hospital or research centers maintain their own registries of their funded clinical trials. Many but not all will also be included in

Visit CenterWatch to find their registry information

Unregistered Clinical Trials Most funders, governments, and other groups require that virtually all clinical trials must be registered and tracked and consider this an ethical imperative. Nearly all respectable medical journals - all that are part of ICMJE - also require that published upon trials must be registered. However, there is a serious gap between this goal and reality. 
Unpublished Clinical Trials

It is not uncommon for failed trials to be registered but not published. They may not update the registry with the news that their trial has failed. This is increasingly controversial as the failure of an intervention to succeed is valuable information. Find more information here: 

Beyond the Clinical Trial - where do you go next?

Once you've found a study of interest, you can:

  • Follow it for more results and associated articles
  • Research the study principals by name on PubMed to see if they've published on it or the earlier phases
  • Contact the study principals for more information or for possible collaboration
  • Look for earlier phase trials on the same interventions
  • Pass it along to patients or peers who might benefit

Find Streaming Media or Images

The Library's collections include many streaming videos, audio recordings and images, some of which are included in the catalog and some of which are not. 

Still OneSearch Many streaming resources are included in the Library catalog and Still OneSearch. Find them by first searching for a topic in Still OneSearchThen, select Video in the Limit by Type of Resource box to the left of the results list screen to find videos.
Streaming Media Resource A-Z Index This list includes all of the Library's major resources that include streaming content
Library Streaming Media Guide Some streaming media files are not included individually in Still OneSearch. Find them all and instructions for using them by visiting the Library Streaming Media Guide.
Library Image Guide Find images provides by the Library's subscription and recommended resources, including detailed information about image copyright and how to find images available for reuse

Find Mobile Apps

The Library provides access to mobile apps for a number of subscription or selected resources.

Most of them work by requiring you to:

  1. First create a Personal ID within the web version of the app
  2. Second download the app to your device
  3. Finally login within the app to register

Most also require you to re-authenticate your app periodically by using it within the campus IP range, or by responding to an email.

The Library also provides one major app to give access to our online collections:


BrowZine App 

Single access point app that delivers thousands of full-text academic journals to your tablet, phone, or the web with one login.  Create a personal bookshelf of journals to keep up with the newest articles and research from your selection.    

The Library also subscribes to many resources that provide their own apps, including :

See here for the full list of mobile apps available through the Library.

Find CME/CE Credits

The Library offers several subscription resources that can provide free CME/CE/MOC credit to ATSU faculty and students. Some of these resources offer short instructional readings or courses that anyone may benefit from, and some offer credit for research performed using them while logged in with a personal ID.

Consult the relevant professional standards if you wish to claim credit - most professions only permit a percentage of required credit to come from such activities, and have specific reporting requirements.

Library Available CME  Find the resources, details about which types of credits are provided, and requirements for specific professions
Professional Association Standards for CME  Sources to find information about your state's and profession's requirements
ATSU CE Department ATSU provides a selection of in-person and online CME/CE courses; find them here

Find Research Tutorials

Are you interested in self-learning about how to use online resources, PubMed, health statistics, etc? The Library has curated lists of useful online tutorials.

Library Research Tutorials A select collection of tutorials to support health sciences and library research
Library Data Services A guide dedicated to teaching about all aspects of Research Data Management.

Find Copyright Information

The Library does not employ any lawyers and cannot offer legal advice on copyright. However, it does offer guidance on finding information on copyright and fair use, and how to find information about copyright terms for specific texts and images.

Library Copyright Guide Resources, tutorials, and information about the broadest range of academic copyright issues
Library Image Guide Detailed information about image copyright and how to find images available for reuse

Find or Work With a DOI for a Document

DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) are permanent, unique registered identifiers that are required for APA citation of digital articles, reports, conference proceedings, etc. They will allow you to access the document's permanent home on the internet, though that home may require you to have a subscription to view the full-text. 

Finding DOIs
Search CrossRef

Search this resource by title, author, journal, etc., in order to find a DOI and/or author's ORCID or other identifiers

  • Tip : Remember, search for as few words as possible - the more you put in, the less you get out. If you don't find your article, try searching for only part of the article title. Leave off subtitles.
View Articles or Abstracts

Many databases or journals will display the DOI in the article abstract, if it is available.

Most digital downloads of articles will display the DOI somewhere on the downloaded pdf itself. For example, the publisher Biomed Central will include it on the top left of each article

View APA Citations of Articles You may find a DOI by looking at an existing APA citation of a digital article.
Citing Documents Using DOIs

There are three currently acceptable forms of DOI according to APA - the older formats and the most recently adopted one. Any can be used correctly but APA recommends that you use only one in the same reference list. Consult your professors for their preference as to form, should they have one.

Example of APA citation of digital article using an older DOI format:

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Moore, A. P. (2014). Clinical decision-making and therapeutic approaches in osteopathy – A qualitative grounded theory study. Manual Therapy, 19(1), 44–51. doi:10.1016/j.math.2013.07.008

Example of APA citation of digital article using an older DOI format:

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Moore, A. P. (2014). Clinical decision-making and therapeutic approaches in osteopathy – A qualitative grounded theory study. Manual Therapy, 19(1), 44–51.

Example of APA citation of same article using the current DOI format:

Thomson, O. P., Petty, N. J., & Moore, A. P. (2014). Clinical decision-making and therapeutic approaches in osteopathy – A qualitative grounded theory study. Manual Therapy, 19(1), 44–51.

Additional Considerations for DOIs
The DOI System This is the issuing organization that creates DOIs. Visit it for more information, or search its database for a known DOI in order to find its associated article.
What if it doesn't have a DOI? Some few publishers still do not generate DOIs for their published works, even current ones, and some older works do not have them. Print-only published articles do not have them at all. If there is no DOI available, or you consulted the print version, it is correct not to include them. 
What if it takes you to an article that won't give you the full-text?

If you follow a DOI link, it will take you straight to the article and won't tell it if ATSU has the rights to access it even if we have a subscription. ATSU may also have access to it, but not the original version on the publisher's website.  If this happens, use these three steps to gain access to it:

  1. Look up the article title using Still OneSearch on the Library's homepage
  2. If that fails, look up the journal title using the Library's Browse e-Journals link. 
    • Select the correct year from the journal's index page
    • Select the correct issue and browse for the article title
  3. If that fails, request the article or document using Interlibrary Loan
    • Typically takes 1-3 business days and is free to ATSU faculty, staff, students, and alumni (limit 5 per month for alumni only)

Search for Articles : Basic Tips

Database searching is different than internet searching because databases have a much more limited, specific structure. Searchers must use a specific type of code and structure to be able to tell the database what sorts of information and articles that they want. Fortunately, most of them have a similar structure with only superficial differences. The following will help make most searches better.

Find the Help or User Guide

  • What makes this database special? Does it have special features or tricks?

Keep your search string short to start

  • EVERY letter you include reduces the number of results you find - the more you put in, the less you get out 
  • DO NOT search for entire sentences

Make one change to your search at a time

  • Was the change useful? What did it add or remove from your results?

Consult a thesaurus or field specific vocabulary – look for all possible standard terms

  • Use Boolean coding to build many of these into a single search.

Consult MeSH or other controlled vocabularies to find search terms

  • Most biomedical databases include PubMed's MeSH or Medical Subject Headings vocabulary to describe their articles, which you can freely consult via the MeSH Database 

Investigate relevant articles for new keywords to add to your search

  • If you find a good article, look at its abstract for more search terms to use to find similar articles

Check your spelling and spacing

Use Boolean search structure or database specific punctuation to construct an organized search

  • Boolean is a form of simple coding that nearly all databases will accept - see the entry on Boolean searching 
  • Some databases will allow you to use special codes and punctuation - see their help files for information
  • Most databases will allow you to use quotation marks to ensure phrases are searched correctly
    • For example, searching for "environmental health" will find all articles including those words in that specific order, but will ignore any that include both but not together. 

Record your search terms and search locations

Use Interlibrary Loan to get useful articles that are not full-text 

Search for Articles Using Boolean

Boolean is a type of very simple programming language that will let you tell databases what you are searching for much more exactly and greatly improve your chances of search success.

Find more information : Basic Boolean Operators Explained 


Use AND in between search terms to tell the database that your results must include both terms.


Term Results
Dog 500 articles
Pony 250 articles
Dog AND Pony 100 articles
AND boolean image


Use OR in between search terms to tell the database that your results can include either or both of the search terms.


Term Results
Dog 500 articles
Pony 250 articles
Dog AND Pony 750 articles
image of boolean OR


Use NOT to tell the database that you do not want articles including a search term within your results.

Use this as the last part of a search string for best effectiveness.


Term Results
Dog 500 articles
Pony 250 articles
Dog NOT Pony 400 articles
dog not pony search visualization
Boolean Punctuation 

You can build complex Boolean statements and search strings by adding punctuation, in similar form to alegbraic expressions. 


Use parentheses to group search terms and tell the database which combinations you want searched and in what order.

Example : (Dog AND Pony AND Cat) AND (Donkey OR Burro)

This string will find every article that includes the terms dog, pony, cat, and either donkey or burro. It will exclude any article that does not include all three of the first terms and either or both of the second terms.

Quotation Marks

Use quotation marks around any phrase to tell the database that you want it to be searched for in exactly the entered spelling and order.

Example : "spotted dog"

This string will find every article that includes the phrase spotted dog, but will ignore any article that does not, even if it includes dog and spotted, but they are not next to each other.

Some databases do not allow all of these, and some use different symbols or permit more. See the Help or More Info section in any database for more specific information.

Examples of Boolean Search Strings

healthcare AND ethics This will find articles including healthcare and the word ethics.
(healthcare OR "health care") AND ethics This will find articles including either healthcare or the phrase health care, and the word ethics.
((healthcare OR "health care") AND ethics) NOT nurses This will find articles including either healthcare or the phrase health care and the word ethics, and exclude every article mentioning nurses.

Search for Articles that are Peer-Reviewed

Peer-reviewed Journals are considered the best available sources of research and scholarship in most cases.  Peer review means that the journal editor sends submitted articles without revealing the author's name to established scholars in the relevant field for review and feedback before deciding to publish them. 

Many journals are peer reviewed for research articles but include some articles that are not peer reviewed - typically, editorials, other opinion pieces, or brief news stories. Be aware of this when selecting articles.

To find out whether an article is Peer-Reviewed:

Most databases of articles offer an option to limit your search to peer-reviewed or scholarly journals, sometimes on the search screen before you search and sometimes after in the results screen. Look around to find it and check the option before you search to use this feature. 

After you search a database - the Results Screen


Still OneSearch limits peer review in the Results screen. Run your search, then look to the left for the Refine Results menu. Select Peer Reviewed to eliminate other types of results.

StillOne Search Peer review limits

Before you search a database - the Search screen


Individual EBSCO databases or StillOne Advanced Search allow limits before the search. Look for the option and check it, then run your search.

image of peer-reviewed option in Ebsco search


  • PubMed is a major important exception - while most journals indexed in PubMed are peer-reviewed, it does not mark them as such. To find out, you must follow the instructions below.

If you find a journal that is not labeled

If you find a journal article and want to know if its journal is peer-reviewed, you should :

  • Look the journal up on its publisher's website using Google.
  • Once you've found the journal, look for the "About" or "Information for Authors" or "Information" section
    • Usually this will be visible in the header or footer menus
  • It will either say directly that it is peer-reviewed or discuss the review process.
    • If it does not state this, it is probably not peer-reviewed. If you are still unsure, you can contact the publisher and ask, or ask the Library for assistance.

Note: - even in peer-reviewed journals, some types of articles are typically not peer-reviewed. This includes editorials, commentary, opinions, etc. 

Search for Articles Citing an Article

Some resources make it simpler to find more articles citing a chosen article held within the same database. This can be very helpful both in finding new research and in finding other related studies.  If your article of interest has been cited by other researchers, you can know that others found it valuable. Those other citing articles may also address your topic of interest.

PubMed IMAGE of pubmed cited by feature

EbscoHost Databases

(PsycINFO, Academic Search Complete, Business Source Premier, CIHAHL, SPORTdiscus, etc.)

Google Scholar IMAGE OF cited articles link in google scholar

Search for Review Articles

A literature review or review article discusses and summarizes existing research about a topic, with a nice long reference list of useful articles that can be mined for further information. Some types of review articles also interpret and synthesize the included literature to answer specific questions or offer specific types of analysis.  Seek a review article to find :

Influential researchers or authors in a field

Recent major advances 

Influential articles in the works sited list

Significant gaps in the research

Ideas for where the field is moving and what research is need

Current debate

Systematic Reviews are a specific type of review article that "summarises the results of available carefully designed healthcare studies (controlled trials) and provides a high level of evidence on the effectiveness of healthcare interventions" in order to offer judgment about the evidence and make recommendations for healthcare (Cochrane Consumer Network). They are highly valued as clinical evidence, and the concept and methodology is becoming adopted by other fields. A key distinction of systematic reviews is that they must include a specific defined protocol and focus on a single question - this is not true of review articles in general.


Nearly all article databases or individual journals will include some review articles if you browse their content, but some sources and strategies make it easier and faster to find them via direct search.


Reading review articles is a useful way to begin your research on a topic, or to keep up with a subject you follow. 


More information about different types of review articles 

Grant, M. J., & Booth, A. (2009). A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies. Health Information & Libraries Journal, 26(2), 91–108.
Key Review Sources

PubMed is the best source to find review articles for biomedical, medical, and public health topics.

  1. Start your search from a PubMed link on the Library's site in order to tell it that you are affiliated with ATSU and gain access to the broadest possible range of full-text
  2. Search for your topic
  3. After your result list appears, click on "review" in the top left to limit those results to review articles
  4. The remaining articles are all listed in the database as "review articles"; most will be systematic reviews or other types of literature reviews
PubMed Clinical Queries

PubMed has a tool with built-in terms for finding clinical review articles.

  1. Find Clinical Queries under the  PubMed Tools menu box in the middle of the front page for PubMed
  2. Run a search
  3. Find systematic reviews in the middle of the three results lists that appear


Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library is largely made up of clinical systematic reviews and is considered the gold standard source for systematic review articles. If your topic is clinical, you should include it in your search. 

Subject Databases including Review Search Options

CINAHL is the largest Nursing and Allied Health database.

  1. Go to CINAHL, which will open to the Advanced Search
  2. Scroll down to the bottom right of the search screen for the Publication Type option
  3. Select Systematic Review
  4. Run your search

PedRO is an Open Access source of evidence and literature for Physical Therapy and related fields.

  1. Go to PedRO and click on the Advanced Search link under the Search heading
  2. Select Systematic Review from the Methodology drop-down menu
  3. Run your search
ProQuest Psychology Database

ProQuest Psychology Database offers mostly full-text psychology and social science literature.

  1. Go to ProQuest Psychology Database
  2. Click the link under the database name for Advanced Search
  3. Scroll down the Document Type option menu to find Literature Review and check it
    1. Note: The "review" option type means book review; do not check it
  4. Run your search

PsycINFO is the largest bibliographic database of psychological and social science literature; it also includes a very large proportion of medical and education literature.

  1. Go to PsycINFO, which will open to the Advanced Search
  2. Scroll down to the bottom right of the search screen for the Methodology option
  3. Select Literature Review or, more narrowly, Systematic Review
  4. Run your search
Other Ways to find Review Articles

Dissertations and theses are not review articles, but they include literature reviews. If you are seeking a review article in order to get a useful list of citations and a general summary of the state of existing research, try looking for a dissertation.

Pay careful attention to its date : dissertation literature reviews are commonly written multiple years before their completion, and you may need to seek the most recent years of research.

Dissertation Sources

Keyword Searching for Review Articles

Most databases of articles and many individual journals include review articles. Some of them will offer special limiters like those described above to find them, but most will not. It requires careful browsing of abstracts to be sure, but the following keywords can make it easier to find the review articles in each database or journal.

  • Topic AND "systematic review"
  • Topic AND "literature review"
  • Topic AND ("systematic review" OR "literature review")
NOTE: Still OneSearch (the main search option on the Library's homepage) and some EBSCO databases offer you the option to Limit by Type of Resource to "reviews" from the left menu. This DOES NOT just mean review articles - it includes book reviews.

Search Using a PICO-based Strategy

PICO is the framework most commonly used in Evidence-Based Practice to structure clinical questions, adjusted to fit the specific type of question.

The question types are : Therapy/Treatment, Prevention, Diagnosis, Prognosis, and Etiology

  • Patient Problem or Population
  • Intervention
  • Comparison or Control
  • Outcome

Create a Database Search Strategy Based Upon PICO

Note: This type of strategy works for larger databases such as PubMed, Cochrane Library, etc. Smaller useful banks of evidence such as the ADA Evidence Database or the UK National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE) may be more suitable for category browsing.

  1. Record but Do NOT search for your complete PICO sentence
  2. Identify key terms
  3. Identify any synonyms or broader terms that closely relate to your terms if applicable
    1. Find useful synonyms by browsing articles that match your search for their listed keywords, by consulting a thesaurus, by consulting your textbooks' glossaries or indices, or by searching a medical thesaurus such as PubMed's MeSH database
  4. Leave out adjectives, connecting words, punctuation, etc.
  5. Leave out any words that can be implied by other search terms
  6. Use Boolean coding (AND OR NOT) and punctuation to structure your search
    1. To get fewer results:
      1. Add more terms using Boolean code AND to limit your search
    2. To get more results:
      1. Remove terms to expand your search 
      2. Add synonyms for your terms using Boolean punctuation and Boolean code OR
  7. Consult the ADA Clinical Practice Guidelines Handbook, 2013 Update for more detail and useful search aids for dentistry. 

Example Search Based on PICO Therapy/Treatment Question:

PICO Question : For patients with halitosis [Patient Problem], are probiotics [Intervention] as effective as chlorhexidine mouthwash [Comparison] in reducing measurable Volatile Sulfer Compound levels [Outcome]?

Identify Important Keywords : halitosis, probiotics, chlorhexidine, mouthwash, volatile sulfur compound

Simple PubMed Search : halitosis AND probiotics AND sulfur

The Boolean connector AND tells the database that all articles you find must include each of those words. 

Sulfur is unique enough that it is useful to try searching without the rest of the phrase first. If you find too many irrelevant articles, then add the entire phrase.

This search finds less than 20 articles, many of which appear relevant. This may be a good point to browse abstracts to find the best articles, or to find further useful specific terms to further narrow your question or search. 

Pubmed Search Part Two : halitosis AND sulfur AND chlorhexidine

In this case, you can better organize and consider your search results by running a new but related searches. 

Run a new search to find the same sort of articles focused on chlorhexidine mouthwash.  Ideally, you will be able to find the data necessary to perform a thorough analysis in the two sets of results.

Example Search Based on PICO Prevention Question:

PICO Question : In adolescent athletes [Patient Population], does the use of facial protection [Intervention] reduce the risk of maxillofacial injury [Outcome]?

Note: Prevention or prognosis questions sometimes do not include a specific Comparison or Control aspect.

Identify Important Keywords : adolescent, athletes, facial protection, maxillofacial injuries

Simple PubMed Search : athletes AND "maxillofacial injuries" AND "facial protection"

For this search, you want to make sure that it looks for the phrases maxillofacial injuries and facial protection, and not just those several words in any position in the article, so you must enclose them in quotation marks. This will always tell a database that you want to find exactly the enclosed phrase.

This search finds only one article. You must broaden your search. You can do this by dropping off one of your terms, which will mean that you find more articles. Or, you can do it by adding more synonyms for some of the terms:

Pubmed Search Part Two : athletes AND "maxillofacial injuries" AND ("facial protection" OR mouthguard OR "mouth guard" OR "face mask" OR "face guard" OR "Mouth Protectors")

Facial protection is a broad category term that isn't very commonly used, so it is a good choice to consider for adding synonyms to your search. You can find useful synonyms or names of specific types of facial protection by browsing articles that match your search, consulting a thesaurus, or by searching a medical thesaurus such as PubMed's MeSH database.

Adding the Boolean code word OR in between terms means that you will find all articles that contain either or both terms; the parentheses ensure that the AND part of the search is unaffected. 

Changing your search this way quadruples your useful search results.

Pubmed Search Part Threeathletes AND ("maxillofacial injuries" OR "jaw injuries" OR "jaw fractures" OR maxillofacial fractures" OR  "dental fracture" OR "mandibular fracture") AND ("facial protection" OR mouthguard OR "mouth guard" OR "face mask" OR "face guard" OR "Mouth Protectors")

Maxillofacial injuries is also a good term to expand upon - while it is more standard than facial protection, it has many subcategories or variants.

This nearly doubles your search results.

PubMed Search Part Four : athletes AND ("maxillofacial injuries" OR "jaw injuries" OR "jaw fractures" OR maxillofacial fractures" OR  "dental fracture" OR "mandibular fracture") AND ("facial protection" OR mouthguard OR "mouth guard" OR "face mask" OR "face guard" OR "Mouth Protectors") , with the addition of the Ages : Adolescent : 13-18 years filter

Use one of the filters on the left side of the screen to limit your results to your desired population age, or alternatively, manually add it as an AND term. 

This will reduce your results to only those directly applicable to your query.

Find Full-Text Articles

There are three steps to getting the fastest, simplest access to full-text articles possible with ATSU's resources.

First, start your research from the Library's homepage

  • If you are searching PubMed, this will tell it that you are affiliated with ATSU, and that you should have access to more than just PubMed's basic collection of full-text content
    • PubMed does not permit you to limit your search to full-text articles, but the above will give you the highest chance of finding your articles in full-text
  • If you are searching using Still OneSearch, this will tell it to give you the correct login to gain access to ATSU's resources
    • If you want to limit your search to ONLY full-text articles, you may check a box in Still OneSearch's results screen to limit your found results, or in the initial search box for most other article databases
    • Note: Limiting your search to only full-text will reduce your relevant search results, and you may miss out on the best resource for your topic. 

If you find an article that you want that is not full-text, check to see if the Library has it available.

  • First, try searching for the article title using Still OneSearch from the Library's homepage. This will often find the article.
  • Second, try searching for the journal title using the Library's browse e-journals function to see if we have the year and issue you need available in full-text.
    • Find this feature linked on the Library's homepage, right below the search button in the Still OneSearch box or in the Discovery Tools box. 
      • You will need to know the year and issue your article is in to find it
    • NOTE: Embargoes
      • Sometimes, we have the journal full-text, but with a delay ranging from one month to two years after publication - this is an embargo. If there is an embargo and you want a recent article, you will need to request your article using an Interlibrary Loan Request

If we do not have the article available in full-text, enter an Interlibrary Loan Request using the Request an Article form you can find on the left side of the Library's homepage under Library Services. We will attempt to get the article for you.


How to Use Wikipedia & Social Media Sources

These sources can be added or edited by anyone, without any guarantee of accuracy or even attempted accuracy. DON'T use them as major sources. DO use them as pointers to better sources & sources for ideas. Verify everything found using one of these sources.

Find ideas or research updates to investigate by following shared links or news stories, or by following discussions on general social sites used by a broad range of the general public such as TwitterRedditand Quora.

  • These sites are great for finding out about new studies, events, conferences, current policy discussion, legal changes, etc. that are in need of further investigation
  • Find researchers, hashtags, subreddits, topics, fora, etc that your research community uses and join or follow them
  • Statements found here are NOT RELIABLE on their own - everything you find here must be verified by consulting other sources

Join social and research communities and blog sites for researchers and health sciences professionals such as  MendeleyF1000 WorkspaceNEJM Resident 360, Dental Elfdentaltown, ResearchGateother networks. Chat with other interested and hopefully expert people.

  • These sites are great sources to find out about potential jobs, new research, potential research partners, interesting articles, etc.
  • Look up the work of researchers or chatterers who share things on the above – ensure that they are respectable before you trust their work
  • Find the original article or source mentioned in shared stories or news blurbs and use it to support your ideas
  • If you want to include a comment from the discussion, cite both the discussion, and then the actual research article – make it clear that you verified the discussion from the article

Use Wikipedia to get a rough overview of an idea fast, but don’t trust it as being verifiably true.

  • Look up articles or research in PubMed or other respected sources to support ideas discovered via Wikipedia.
  • Quote the published articles or presentations, NOT the Wikipedia synopsis.

How to Evaluate & Use a Website as Source

Review websites carefully before trusting them as sources.

Who is paying for and managing the website?
  • This should be easy to find, and you should be able to verify their qualifications
  • Ranking the domain for trustworthiness:
    1. .gov (caveat : for non-politically controversial science)
    2. .edu
    3. .org
    4. .com
How often is the site updated?
  • This should be both obvious and frequent 

Who reviews the information before posting? 

  • Health info should be reviewed by someone with med/research/dental credentials and qualifications, which they should state obviously and accurately
Does the site present facts and original research, and not opinion?
  • Avoid advertisements, hyperbole, anecdotes, personal opinions, unsourced statements, vendor sponsored sites, political statements, soundbites, clickbait headlines, etc.
    • Some legitimate sites will include advertisements, but these are NOT legitimate sources of information themselves.

Who is the intended audience? Is it suitable for your needed complexity of answer?

  • If you are looking for research, consult research articles or scholars
  • If you are looking for patient education materials, ensure that the comprehension level matches your patient's needs
How do you cite a website?
  • Citing a website is different for different citation styles. Consult your publication style guide, or use your citation manager for assistance in  building a citation.
What should you do if you find a description of a study that you want to use as a source?
  • If you find an abstract or mention of a study on a website, you should find the full text of the original study, read it, and cite that actual study.
    • You don't need to cite the website you used to find the study unless you want to actually quote a comment made on the website. 
  • If you want to quote or cite the commentary or discussion that you found on the website, you should cite the website itself and not the study.
    • You should also find the actual study and review it to see if you also want to include information from it and cite it as an additional source.

Additional Resources:

Ithaca College Quick Quiz: Evaluating Resources - test yourself

Evaluating Internet Health Information : a Tutorial from the National Library of Medicine

Trust it or Trash it? : an interactive algorithm for evaluating websites

How to Track New Research

There are thousands of interesting and relevant new articles published weekly about research and advances. It is very difficult for one person to keep up with all of the advances in their field, but there are increasing numbers of tools and methods to try to narrow down this massive overflow of information into a much more usable trickle.

Track top journals for new articles

BrowZine is a website and app that pulls ATSU's subscription and some open access journals into one platform to display tables of contents for new journal issues, with links to the full-text.  You can get it as an app for your iOS or Android phone/tablet, or access it via any browser on your computer.

You can create a personal ID to use it to track new issues and articles for journals of interest to you. This differs from other sorts of Alert features because you must visit BrowZine's interface or app to find the notifications of new content - it does not swamp your email.

Read by QxMD

Read is a website and app that gives you recommendations and links to relevant articles based on your choice to follow curated collections on biomedical topics, selected journals, and your entered keywords. It will also highlight new articles based on your profession and specialty.  It is a focused tool intended for clinicians, dentists, health sciences educators, and biomedical researchers. 

The Library has connected with it to add access to our online journal subscriptions to its tools for our user community - in other words, if we have access to a journal article that is being recommended, you can click a link to log into our full-text copy.  To use it:

  • You must create a personal ID to use it using your ATSU Id and a different password.
  • If you associate it with A.T. Still University when given the option, it will tell you if we have the journal in full-text format as well as give you access to other full-text or abstract sources.
  • If you choose to, you can share your own recommended articles publicly with the entire READ community by becoming a curator.
  • If you find an article that you are interested in that is NOT full-text, please do submit an interlibrary loan request to get it via the library website.

Scimago is a curated index of the top journals in a very wide assortment of academic research fields.

Use it to identify influential non-predatory journals to track in your area of interest, via BrowZine, email, etc.

Create Alerts or set up RSS Feeds to pull new articles

You can set up a Database or Journal Alert for many different interfaces, journals or databases, which will automatically send you an email or even a text message when new articles or content are added to either a specific journal, search result set, or subject that you want to track. You must create an individual ID in order to do that in most cases.

Some examples include the EBSCO databases, PubMed, and the Chronicle of Higher Education.

RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds are lists of automatically updating new articles gathered by a string of code that can be copied from a resource and pasted into an RSS Feed reader, which can collect many such feeds. They can also be copied into webpages, where they will display an automatically updating list of new articles from a source.  This differs from Alerts as RSS Feeds do not appear in your email and may also display automatically in a list on a webpage.

Many resources that provide single article Alerts as described above can also offer or generate RSS feeds, including PubMed, many EBSCO databases, and many government agencies such as the CDC

Some examples of common free RSS Feed Readers are Feedly, the Old Reader, and RSSOwl.  If you have a Feed Reader, you can either paste the RSS feed code string into it, or search from within it for a feed from your desired source.

PubMed NCBI  PubMed's NCBI will allow you to create a personal ID that will allow you to create automatic updates and alerts for new results to saved searches or for new articles on PubMed. This video shows how to create an alert and use NCBI to manage it.
Social Networking

Many researchers use Twitter to announce new ideas or studies, or to follow those of others. Follow individual researchers or important associations for very current news.

Some examples of twitter feeds to follow : @NIH, @KHNews, @WHO, @HHSGov, @AOA, @APHA

Social Research Networks

Many more researchers and students use these to discuss and share research of interest. They commonly provide an open platform that can promote collaboration on projects, may provide a place to post green Open Access articles, and always aim to connect researchers with common interests. They allow you to create an online bibliography of interesting articles and share it with others, as described in this article from Nature. Some also provide assistance with formatting, but their key goal is to assist with organizing and sharing information.

Some examples : ResearchGate, Mendeley, Zotero, Social Science Research Network

Other Sources
Medical News Aggregators 

There are numerous medical news aggregators of sometimes varying quality which offer brief blurbs about notable research. Use them to find out about interesting studies, but then read the actual study before evaluating it. These are not primary sources, but they can help you find out about research with buzz that you might want to explore. 

Some respected examples are : Stat, Science News, Kaiser Health News

Professional Association Sites 

Many associations for special areas of practice also track ongoing research activities of interest to their topic or their members and may share these on their website - this can be especially helpful for specific disorders or less common areas of specialty.  This information can range from an RSS feed to an open blog to an actual trade publication offering regular updates.

Some examples are : The American Osteopathic Association's HealthWatch, The American Dental Association's ADANews, the Association of Health Care Journalists

Other Networking

Many practitioners in health sciences fields gain much of their information about new practices from :

  • Networking with peers at professional conferences
  • Organization offered Continuing Education (CE) or Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses
  • Organization or university hosted email listservs or closed forums

Get Help with Citation & Writing

The Library provides an assortment of resources to help with writing, citation styles, and citation management.

Writing Support

ATSU Writing Center offers much support and many reference documents about writing and citation.

ATSU Library Writing Hub offers a number of resources, citation guides, predatory publishing information, help with writing for publication, etc.

Purdue OWL Research & Citation Resources offers guidance for research, citation, and writing for both APA and AMA styles.

APA Style Blog offers brief articles about specific citation situations for APA style.

AMA Manual of Style is the complete style guide for AMA style.

MLA writing resources offers help with MLA.

Quick Format a Citation

If you need to quickly build an APA, MLA or AMA citation, use your citation manager. This is not guaranteed. You MUST double-check the citation - if you choose the wrong options, your citation will be wrong.

Find DOIs

DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) are permanent, unique registered identifiers that are required for APA citation of online articles.

Use CrossRef to find DOIs for your citations.

Manage Your Citations

A citation manager, also called a reference or bibliographic management system, is a utility that will allow you to store all of your citations in one personal account and will generate a formatted citation list. ATSU supports several free, portable options.

Find more information via the Citation Management Guide.

Get Help with Research

The Library has a Liaison Librarian system, with a specific Librarian assigned to each School. Each of these Librarians also acts as a subject expert for their associated subjects. All Librarians are available for consultation.

Athletic Training Samantha Maley, MLIS
Audiology Adrienne Brodie, MLS
Biomedical Sciences Susan E. Swogger, MLIS

ASDOH - Hal Bright, MIRLS

MOSDOH Susan E. Swogger, MLIS

Health Administration Susan E. Swogger, MLIS
Health Education Susan E. Swogger, MLIS
Health Professions Education Susan E. Swogger, MLIS
Health Sciences Susan E. Swogger, MLIS
Graduate Nursing Susan E. Swogger, MLIS
Kinesiology Susan E. Swogger, MLIS
Osteopathic Medicine

KCOMSusan E. Swogger, MLIS

SOMAAdrienne Brodie, MLS

Physical Therapy Adrienne Brodie, MLS
Physician Assistants Samantha Maley, MLIS
Public Health Susan E. Swogger, MLIS

Get Help with a Resource Problem

Do you need to report a problem with an e-Resource or request help using one? 

Report a library resource access problem Contact Lora Hanson, MLIS, Electronic Resources Librarian
Get help using electronic resources Contact Susan Swogger, MLIS
Find tutorials for resources Visit the Database Help Guide

Get Alumni Access to Library Resources

Find detailed information about Alumni Services from the Library on the Alumni Services at the Library Guide.

In short, the Library provides access to an assortment of skilled research support for alumni:

  • Free & low-cost Interlibrary Loan 
    • Up to five journal articles a month for free; each additional article per month is $10
    • Requesting articles is easy via the Library's usual Request an Article links to the interlibrary loan form - just select Alumni as your department
    • Alternately, you can email your requests to or
  • Research consultation
  • Assistance with strategizing medical and other literature searches
  • Access to a subset of subscription databases : CINAHL, Rehabilitation Reference Center, Lexicomp Online for Dentistry, etc.

Alumni may access these services through the ATSU Alumni Access Portal.

Request New Resources

No library will ever have all resources that everyone wants. If you want to get access to things that the Library doesn't have, you have two options:

Interlibrary Loan

The Library can ask another library to email or loan us an article or print book. There is no charge to you, and it typically will take 1-3 business days. Use this when :

  • Is it a journal article?
  • Do you just need it once?
  • Do you need it very quickly?
  • Is it a book outside the typical subject range of the library?
Request New Purchase

The Library can also try to purchase a new e-book, journal, film, or other resource. Due to budget and planning concerns, it will typically be swift with e-books but may take significant time with other resources. Use this when:

  • Is it an e-book that might be used by other students or faculty?
  • Is it a required or recommended textbook?
  • Are you a professor who wants to use it with your students or research?

Create Personal Resource IDs or Accounts

Why Create a Personal Account?

Many online databases and tools offer their best benefits if you create a personal account. Most will allow you to use some of their functions without a personal account, but if you create one, you can save your progress in tutorials; save articles, bookmarks or even notes that you create; save searches or create automatic new-content alerts for yourself; earn CME/CE credits; renew library books, etc. 

Set Up Instructions

  • Login to the resource using your ATSU login and password
    • Note : If the resource is a free resource or has a free version (MendeleyZoteroMy NCBI, etc.), you will be able to later change the associated email address and carry your personal account with you even after graduation
  • Create a personal ID for the resource following its directions
    • Find the option for doing this by clicking on something that would require it - either a folder, a my-account link, save link, etc.
  • Use your ATSU email if an email is required
  • Do not use your ATSU password - that will change regularly, and the one for your personal ID will not. If you use something different, you will be less likely to forget it

Later Use Instructions

  • Login using your ATSU login and password
    • Note: Some resources will require this every time; most mobile resources will only require it when your ATSU login and password change
  • Login again using your personal ID for that resource

Create a Bookmark or Permanent Link to Library Content

Sometimes it is useful to create a permanent link to a Library resource to be able to share it, to save it for later access, or to include it in course information. However, some typical sources for links will not work well for e-Books or streaming media:

Weak Link Source: Browser Url Do not save the url from the browser after you've open the book from the library site. This is for your current session and will not work again.

Weak Link Source: Google


Do not save the source url you find using Google because it will not include the information to let you login using our proxy.

Exception: If you can use Open Athens to login to the e-Book or Media platform, this can work.


Follow these directions to create a permanent link for most Library e-Books or Videos, or contact the Library for assistance.

Short URL to the Catalog for an e-Book or Video

  • Recommended uses: Bookmarks, Mobile Shortcuts

Direct login urls to e-books and videos are long and ugly.  Permanent links to the e-book record in the Library catalog are short and easy, and require only one extra click.

  1. Find the e-Book or Video in the library catalog using the library's e-Books search tab or by clicking on a Library Catalog link
  2. Scroll down to the bottom of the item's record
  3. Right click on the Permanent Link url in the bottom right corner to get a pastable short link
  4. This link will take you to the library record, where you can click to login to the book or video
Image of permanent link url in the bottom right of book record

Long URL for e-Book or Media Direct Links

  • Recommended uses: Canvas or Document links, Bookmarks
  1. Search for the e-book or video using Still OneSearch, the Library Catalog, or the e-Books tab on the Library homepage 
  2. Right-click on the A.T Still Click to Access link below the title
  3. Choose Copy Link Location from the pop-up menu to get a pastable link
  4. This link will ask you to login with the typical ATSU portal login and then take you straight to the item
Image of mouse right clicking book link
Make a Browser Bookmark to an e-Book or Video

To use the long direct link, you must manually create a bookmark 

  1. Open a new tab in your browser
  2. Click to bookmark it
  3. Click to edit the new bookmark
  4. Paste the long direct URL into the correct field and name it


You can create a bookmark to a short library catalog record url with one click

  1. Open the short library catalog record url in a new tab from the permanent link
  2. Create a bookmark
Make a Shortcut on a Tablet or Phone Homescreen to an e-Book or Video
  1. Use your tablet or phone's browser to open the library homepage
  2. Search for the e-Book or Video in the e-Books Tab or the Library Catalog
  3. Scroll down its record to find the Permanent Link url in the bottom right
  4. Click to open it 
  5. Send to the tablet or phone's home screen
    1. iOS Safari
      1. Click the Share share icon in iOS Safari browser icon in the bottom of the browser window 
      2. Click Add to Homescreen
    2. Android Chrome or Firefox
      1. Click to open the browser Menu in the top right corner
      2. Click Add to Homescreen
      3. In Firefox, open the Page submenu, then click Add to Homescreen
e-Book Chapter Permanent Links

See section on creating a permanent link to an Article or Chapter

Streaming Media Clip Permanent Links If you want to create a link to a clip from a video or to a video that is on a library resource but is not included in the catalog (typically, supplementary content for a book or article), please contact Lora Hanson for assistance. 

There are three useful ways to create permanent links to e-Journals.

Get a stable link to an e-Journal from BrowZine

Browzine is a utility that the Library uses to index all of its full-text journals. 

You can use it to find a link that will always go to the library's e-journal subscription and allow you to login.

  1. Go to the Library's homepage
  2. Find the link that says Browse e-Journals in the Discovery Tools box
  3. Search for the journal by title
  4. Click to open it
  5. Bookmark the journal's Browzine page to always have access to the current issue
  6. It will ask you to login when you click on an article 
Add a journal to your personal Browzine bookshelf to read it on a phone

Browzine will allow you to create a personal account using your ATSU email address. If you do this, you can download it as an app on your tablet or phone and use it as a journal reader. It will allow you to save preferred journals on a bookshelf and show you within the app when there are new articles available. 

  1. Visit the Library's Browzine Guide to learn how to do this
Save a publisher link to a journal ATSU subscribes

ATSU subscribes to some journals directly from the publishers, and some by paying for aggregator database access.  If a journal is subscribed directly from a publisher, you may (or may not) be able to login to it using your normal ATSU login. If you can do that, you can save the publisher link as a bookmark.

  1. To investigate this, visit the journal's publisher page 
  2. Click to login
  3. Look for either an Open Athens or Institutional login option
    1. If you see both, select Open Athens. This is the Library's proxy service
    2. If it asks you to select your institution from a list, select A.T. Still University
  4. Try to login using your ATSU login and password
  5. If it works, you can save the journal's main url as a bookmark and be able to use it
  6. Feel free to ask the library for help figuring this out 
Article Permanent Links
  1. See the section on articles for this information

It is very simple to get a link to a specific library database. 

However, some typical sources for links will not work well:

Bad Link Source: Browser Url Do not save the url from the browser. This is temporary for your current session and will not work again.

Bad Link Source: Google


Do not save the source url you find using Google because it will not include the information to let you login using our proxy.

Exception: If you can use Open Athens to login to the resource, this can work.

Instead, use this method.

Database Permanent Links
  1. Click on the Databases link in the Discovery Tools box on the library homepage
  2. Search for the database by name or browse for it by subject
  3. Right-click on the database link after it appears to copy it
Make a Browser Bookmark to an e-Book

To bookmark a database, you must manually create a bookmark 

  1. Open a new tab
  2. Click to bookmark it
  3. Click to edit the new bookmark
  4. Paste the long direct URL you got from the Databases index on the library homepage into the correct field and name it
Get a Mobile App for a Database

Some databases have mobile apps that you can use.

  1. Find them on the Library's Mobile App Guide.

Sometimes it is useful to create a permanent link to an article or chapter to be able to share it, to save it for later access, or to include it in course information. However, some typical sources for links will NOT work:

Bad Link Source: Browser Url Do not save the url from the browser. This is temporary for your current session and will not work again.

Bad Link Source: Google


Do not save the source url you find using Google because it will not include the information to let you login using our proxy.

Exception: If you can use Open Athens to login to the resource, this can work.

Some of our resources will create a direct link to an article for you. Others will require you to manually add our proxy string to an article or chapter's base URL.

Follow these directions to create a permanent link for most Library articles, or contact the Library for assistance.

The Easy Way - Still OneSearch

Still OneSearch, the Library's discovery service, will allow you to tables of contents, full-text, abstracts, and other records for journal articles and book content. Each record in this tool will allow you to create a permalink to it, which will allow you or your students to visit it and either read the html version or click to download a pdf.

  1. Search for the article or chapter using Still OneSearch from the Library homepage
  2. Click on the article record to open its abstract
  3. Click the Permalink link in the lower right part of the screen
  4. A link will appear on the screen right above the article title
  5. Copy it
  6. Paste it into your document

Image of an article in Still OneSearch with the permalink button clicked

Direct links to journal article full-text publisher pages or pdfs

Most journal articles or book chapters will allow you to make a direct link by adding the library's proxy string to them.

  1. Add this proxy link to an article or chapter's url: ​ 
  2. Clean up the link by taking care to remove any extra spaces
  3. Example: 
    1. Add the proxy url to this article url:
    2. To form this usable url :

A few resources do not like Open Athens (example: UpToDate), and require a different type of link. You can find usable links using Still OneSearch or ask the Library staff for assistance. 

Use the 3D Printing Service

On-Campus 3D Printing

The Library offers 3D printing support and facilities on both campuses at no cost for ATSU students, faculty and staff. See the 3D Printing Guide for more information.

Distance Support for 3D Printing

The Library can work with online or students away from campus on rotation to create a limited quantity of 3D models and ship them to requestors. Please visit the 3D Printing Guide and contact your affiliated campus Library for support.

Use Interlibrary Loan

No library will ever have everything that you might want or need. Use our free Interlibrary Loan service to request articles or other materials that you need from another library. If the Library is able to get them, it will. This service typically takes between 1-3 business days but may take up to ten days.  

Interlibrary Loan

The Library offers interlibrary loan services using several methods.

  1. Fill out this form, available from the Library homepageand request a loan
  2. Click a link below an article abstract saying "Request this item through interlibrary loan" when using certain ATSU subscribed database resources; it will autofill the request with the article information

Note: If based on the Kirksville campus, you will have access to free loans of print books from a large network of Missouri public and university libraries through the Mobius network - including a wide range of fiction. Order these and pick them up in the Library.

Interlibrary Loan for Alumni

The Library provides free & low-cost Interlibrary Loan services to alumni.

  • Up to five journal articles a month for free; each additional article per month is $10
  • Requesting articles is easy using the Ask a Librarian form
  • Alternately, you can email your requests to or
Interlibrary Loan for Clinical Preceptors

The Library provides free & low-cost Interlibrary Loan services to clinical preceptors.

  • Up to ten journal articles a month for free; each additional article per month is $10
  • Requesting articles is easy when searching Still OneSearch with preceptor access. 
  • Alternately, you can email your requests to or

How to Access Online Resources

ATSU Campus Community

Access the Library's resources in five ways:


You will need to use your ATSU password and login when off-campus

ATSU Off-Campus Community


Access the Library's resources in four ways:

You will need to use your ATSU password and login when off-campus

ATSU Clinical Faculty/Preceptors

Access the Library's resources via the Portal:

ATSU Alumni

Access the Library's resources via the Portal:

Log in the Library's Resources Using Open Athens

Open Athens is the authentication system that ATSU uses to provide access to Library resources when off-campus. It has some different options and qualities off campus than it does on campus. 

Use Open Athens on campus

Your access to resources on campus should be seamless. You should be able to click on library and resource related links and immediately open them.  

  • Exception: If you click on the Advanced Search link on the Library homepage, it will ask you once per session to log in using your ATSU ID and password.
  • Exception: UpToDate cannot be authenticated with Open Athens, and will ask you for your ATSU ID and password for every session.
Use Open Athens via the ATSU Portal when off-campus

Log into the ATSU Portal

  • Search for Memorial Library
  • Click on the tile to access library resources
    • Do not use the Clinical Faculty Library or Alumni Library tiles unless you belong to one of those groups
  • This should log you into our Open Athens portal and give you access to all library resources for one session
Use Open Athens via the Library's homepage when off-campus

Go to the Library's homepage at

  • Start your research
  • When you try to access any resource that requires Open Athens authentication, it will ask you to log into your account once per session
Use Open Athens directly with databases or resources access via Google, etc. when off-campus

Search for your desired electronic journal or database using Google or a saved url.  

  • Try to log in when you need to do so to do what you want to do the resource
  • If it offers you an option to login using Open Athens, select that option and use your ATSU ID and password
  • If it instead asks you to find our organization, search for A.T. Still University. It may then give you an option to login using your ATSU ID and password
  • If it does not offer either of these options, it may not allow direct login or it may not be an ATSU subscription. To be sure, visit the Library homepage and try to look for an access point there via Still OneSearch, the Databases link, or the Browse e-Journals link.
Special Issue: Gain access to ATSU resources when your login sends you into resources from another institution

Some off-campus users will find that they cannot get into ATSU resources even when they begin their searches using Still OneSearch or even a direct link to one of our resources.

This happens when you have other access to EBSCO resources through another affiliation (typically, a hospital, govt agency employer, or other university) that is tied to your usual IP ranges or you have another Open Athens account. 

To bypass this problem and access ATSU resources directly:

  • Login using the link to the Advanced Search that you can find right below the search button for Still OneSearch on the Library homepage, or in the Discovery box mid-page
  • If you do not want to use the Advanced Search options, click on the link to Basic Search that you can find midscreen above the content box after you log in. 

Log in to UpToDate

UpToDate is a unique resource and has some special aspects to its login processes. These change occasionally, so if you are unable to login or reauthorize your mobile app access, please contact the Library for help.

Access UpToDate
Login to UpToDate
  1. Open the Library homepage 
  2. Click on the tab above the search box that says UpToDate to find a link to it
  3. Login using your ATSU Password and login
Default UpToDate access

UpToDate is now logged in to a general A T Still University of The Health Sciences user account.

You can use this to search and do everything you normally would do to find information. 

Note: This option will not save your search history or provide you with CE credit.

Your Personal UpToDate account

A personal UpToDate account is necessary to use the app or to earn CE credits.

If you want to log into your personal account and/or reauthorize your app, you must follow these steps:

  1. Click the Log Out button in the top right
  2. It will now say that you are logged in as A T Still University of the Health Sciences – which is just slightly different.
  3. Click the big green Log In button in the top right
    1. Either log in using your UpToDate username and password set OR
    2. Click on the Open Athens link to use your ATSU email address and password
  4. You should now see your name in the top right

Note: If you have previously set up a separate login for your personal account, you can merge it with your ATSU Open Athens account. To do this:

  1. Login using the Open Athens link visible on the Log In screen.
  2. Open your Account.
  3. Select Consolidate Accounts from the left side menu.
  4. Enter your login information to merge the accounts. This is irrevocable.
Mobile App - UpToDate Anywhere
Get the App
  • Find it and install it via your app store after you create a personal account within UpToDate


  1. Log into your account as described above while on your device
  2. Open the Account menu by clicking on your name.
  3. Click on Download Center to get the app
Reauthorize the App

You will need to reauthorize access every quarter. Your access to UpToDate should last until the quarter you graduate.

  1. Log into UpToDate from the Library homepage via browser, not the app
  2. Log into your personal account again after you're logged into our general account 
    • This should tell UpToDate that you are still affiliated with ATSU.
  3. Open your app.
    • It should now show you a license screen.
  4. Accept the license.
    • The app should let you use it right away.
  5. If that does not work, please contact us.

Note: If you have previously set up a separate login for your personal account, you can merge it with your ATSU Open Athens account. To do this:

  1. Login using the Open Athens link visible on the Log In screen
  2. Open your Account
  3. Select Consolidate Accounts from the left side menu
  4. Enter your login information to merge the accounts. This is irrevocable.

Get Access to Another Library's Resources

No one library has access to everything, and sometimes you do not have access to the library you prefer. While you typically cannot get access to every service most libraries provide unless you are affiliated with them, you can usually get access to some services and many resources.

Interlibrary Loan
  • Get access to articles and print books without leaving your home library by having it request them from other libraries
    • ATSM Library provides free interlibrary loan for articles for everyone
    • ATSM Library also provides free interlibrary loan borrowing for print books and DVDs for on-campus students, staff and faculty
  • Use the Request an Article link from the library homepage or the links that appear in Still One Search results to request an interlibrary loan
  • Other local libraries usually also provide interlibrary loan services for print books, typically for a fee
State Online Libraries
  • Many states provide access to collections of online resources to state residents via their public and university libraries
  • Gain access to these by acquiring a public library card
  • Find out what is available in a particular state here
Public Libraries
  • Public libraries often provide access to:
    • Interlibrary loan services, typically for a fee
    • Access to online resource collections
      • Public library collections typically include a mix of fiction and non-fiction e-books, videos, audiobooks, online popular magazines, consumer health, basic research collections, e-journals, etc.
Public University Libraries
  • Public university libraries are almost always open for visiting and study 
    • Visitors may be able to purchase a community borrower card to be able to borrow print books
    • Visitors may be able to pay a fee to use interlibrary loan services
    • Visitors are nearly always able to get short-term guest access to computers to use subscription resources while physically in the library
Special Case: Truman State University's Pickler Memorial Library in Kirksville, MO

Students, faculty and staff at the Kirksville, MO campus may visit Pickler Memorial Library at Truman State University on a reciprocal agreement.  You may:

  • Borrow books using your ATSU ID
  • Study in their public spaces
  • Visit their Starbucks cafe
  • Sign up for 2 hours of access to their online resources on a guest computer by visiting their Public Service Desk
  • Pay a $5 fee to have access to wifi for a day
Private University Libraries
  • Unlike public universities, private universities are not required to provide access to the public, though many do. 
  • To find out if you may access a private university library and on what terms, please contact their Public Services manager to ask questions

How to Filter Email by Sender/Subject

Nearly everyone receives too many mass emails. It can be very useful to get updates from your favorite databases or journals when new articles appear; or to receive notices about research tips, grants or events; or newsletters. It can also swamp your inbox. 

ATSU uses an email system provided by Gmail, which means that you can use a mix of filters, labels and folders to stash or trash those emails as they arrive if they have consistent subject headings or senders.


Find Filter Option
  • Select a mass email
  • Click on the three dots at the right side of the menu bar above the email
  • Click on Filter messages like these
Filter Based on Subject or Sender
  • It will display a form with different fields. By default, it will filter the sending address of your selected message. 
    • If you want to filter ALL messages from this source, keep it as is
    • If you want to filter a series of messages with a consistent subject line, enter the part of the subject line that is consistent on the correct line
    • If you want to filter the Library research tip emails, enter ATSU Library Research Tip on the subject line 
  • Click Create filter
Create Filter Conditions & Label
  • Select Conditions and Actions for your Filter
  • If you wish to do anything other than delete the messages, add an existing or create a new Label
  • The Label will act as a Folder which will appear on the left side of your inbox
  • Click Create filter to label this and future emails that meet your conditions

Gmail Filter Conditions menu with label inset

Send Emails to Folders Bypassing Inbox
  • Check the Skip the inbox (archive it) option
    • You will not see these emails in your primary inbox
    • They WILL appear when you click on the folder with the label you applied
    • You will see an unread email count next to your folders when new ones arrive
Send Emails Straight to the Trash
  • Check Delete it to automatically delete all emails like this one in the future
Label Multiple Emails Inside of Inbox 
  • Check Apply the label without adding other conditions
  • You can also manually apply a label to a single open email by clicking the Label icon above the message
Apply Filter to all Older Emails
  • Enter your conditions
  • Check Also apply filter to matching messages
Updating or Deleting Filters
  • Click on the Settings gear icon in the top right of your inbox
  • Select Settings from its menu
  • Click on Filters and Blocked Addresses at the top menu
  • Edit or delete your filters