How can I access materials?

For a printable document, please see Accessing Library Resources (PDF).

Informed Caring is not a lending library and, apart from a few training videos, Wisconsin AHEC does not maintain a library collection. Many articles are available free of charge through the Informed Caring portal via open-access journals, governmental sites, and databases (including Badgerlink and Pubmed). In instances where articles are not free to download, document delivery options are available. Most of the materials referenced on the Informed Caring website are available through the Ebling Library for the Health Sciences or other UW-Madison libraries.

Please note that UW-Madison and Ebling Library resources are available to the general public on campus, and Wisconsin residents may arrange for borrowing privileges. In addition, the UW-Madison Libraries offer many online and electronic resources, services and tools, accessible from any computer connected to the Internet. However, due to the restrictive licensing of some electronic databases, certain resources may not be available online to non-UW personnel.

Many articles listed on this website are full-text and free. Use the search feature on this website to check for a specific article.

The UW and Ebling Libraries do provide public access to full text articles via a document delivery service. Books are also available through Interlibrary Loan. There is a fee for this service unless you are a faculty, staff or student at the UW-Madison. Standard service is $7 per article or book. WI AHEC subsidizes the fee for these services to Wisconsin AHEC Affiliates.

The materials you are seeking may also be available through your local public library, hospital library, UW System Library, or Badgerlink (a free service for Wisconsin residents). You can also use the National Library of Medicine's Loansome Doc (fairly economical) or a document supplier (usually the most expensive).

On campus access to onsite and electronic resources of the UW-Madison Libraries
Borrowing privileges at UW-Madison Libraries
Off-campus access to electronic resources of the UW-Madison Libraries
Fee-based Document delivery and Inter-Library Loan through UW Libraries

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On campus access to onsite and electronic resources of the UW-Madison Libraries

UW-Madison campus libraries, including the Ebling Library for the Health Sciences, are open to the general public. Visitors are welcome to visit and utilize the campus libraries and their onsite resources. Visitors to Memorial Library must present valid photo identification with a current address to obtain a daily Visitor's Pass. For more information about visiting individual campus libraries, see Campus Libraries.

Library visitors may use library computers to access most online or electronic resources. Printing and photocopying from library computers is available by using a Library Debit Card, purchased from vending machines available in each library.

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Borrowing privileges at UW-Madison Libraries

Borrowing privileges vary for different patron groups and for different materials. UW faculty, staff and students must present a University ID card to borrow materials from campus libraries. UW campus library visitors may also borrow library materials subject to their current residence and affiliation.

UW-Madison Affiliates
Wisconsin Residents
Non-Wisconsin Residents

UW-Madison Affiliates

University of Wisconsin-Madison Affiliates may obtain a valid University ID at Memorial Union. Affiliates include:

  • Visiting scholars affiliated with a UW campus departments
  • Wisconsin Historical Society employees
  • UW Credit Union employees
  • Memorial Union employees
  • Social Work coordinators

Borrowing privileges are also available to OCLC and CIC faculty and visiting faculty sponsored by a UW department. See http://www.library.wisc.edu/borrowing/ - who-borrows for details.

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Wisconsin Residents

Courtesy Card

The following library visitors may obtain a Courtesy Card with proof of affiliation and photo ID:

  • Wisconsin state, Dane county and city of Madison employees
  • Faculty, staff and students at Madison Area Technical, Edgewood and Beloit Colleges. Beloit and MATC students will also need to bring a form from their college librarian.
  • Private college faculty in the State of Wisconsin
  • Donors to the Library
  • Spouses, domestic partners, and children of UW-Madison faculty, staff and students
  • Wisconsin Public School K-12 educators

Patrons should apply for cards at the Card Application Window of Memorial Library, Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM, and Saturday-Sunday, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM.

Annual Fee Card

Wisconsin residents may obtain a borrowing card by providing two current forms of identification showing Wisconsin residency (one must have a photo). The card is $30 per fiscal year, renewable every June 1st, and includes limited interlibrary loan privileges. Annual payment can be made by check or credit card.

Health Patron Card

Available through Ebling Library for Wisconsin residents with a photo ID and proof of Wisconsin residency or UW Hospital Visiting Doctor/ Scholar with UW Hospital photo ID. Apply at Ebling Library.

Corporate Card

Corporations registered with the state Department of Financial Institutions may authorize its employees to obtain a card. A letter, on letterhead stationery, must be sent authorizing the individuals and explicitly stating that the corporation is responsible for all overdue charges and/or replacement fees. The letter must be signed by someone who has fiscal responsibility in the corporation. The fee is $30 per authorized individual, per fiscal year. Letters and checks should be sent to Room 170, Memorial Library, 728 State Street, Madison, WI 53706 or Faxed to (608) 262-2568.

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Non-Residents

To borrow a book or request an article from a UW-Madison campus library, place your request through your local campus, corporate or public library. For "rush" requests, contact one of the UW fee-based, document delivery services.

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Off-campus access to electronic resources of the UW-Madison Libraries

General Information
General Public
UW-Madison Affiliates

General Information

UW-Madison libraries website: http://www.library.wisc.edu

Ebling Library (the Health Sciences Library for UW-Madison) website: http://ebling.library.wisc.edu

UW-Madison Libraries offer online and electronic resources, services and tools, accessible from any computer connected to the Internet including:

MadCat, the UW-Madison library catalog
Database Library (Databases by Subject)
E-Journal title list
UW Digital Collections

For a comprehensive list of online databases, visit Database Library (Databases by Title List).

For further information on access to subscription databases and full-text download see

Off-campus access for the general public
Off-campus access for UW-Madison Affiliates
Off-campus access for AHEC Affiliates

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Off-campus access for the general public

Journal articles from subscription databases may be available to you through Badgerlink (a free service for Wisconsin residents), your local public library, or hospital library. The libraries at UW System campuses also provide access and assistance to community users.

Full text articles from electronic databases at the Ebling Library may be requested through the Ebling Library’s document delivery service. The standard fee is $7 per article plus tax. Some materials may be ineligible due to electronic licensing restrictions. For further information on this service, see Document delivery and Interlibrary Loan for non-Affiliates

If you are unable to obtain the item through Ebling Library, you will need to contact another source, such as the National Library of Medicine's Loansome Doc (fairly economical) or a document supplier (usually the most expensive).

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Off-campus access for UW-Madison Affiliates (including volunteer faculty and staff holding courtesy appointments at UW-Madison)

Off-campus online access to some licensed electronic library resources, such as databases, electronic journals and some full-text articles, is only available to University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty and staff. For more information regarding onsite and remote access to all library online or electronic resources, visit the UW-Libraries Off-campus Online Access pages.

Visiting scholars, volunteer faculty and honorary associates with courtesy appointments through a UW Department may obtain a valid University of Wisconsin ID and a NetID that will give them the same access to online library resources as UW students, faculty and staff. Also note that members of the Wisconsin Alumni Association have access to selected electronic resources via their WAA Membership.

The Wisconsin AHEC program has prepared a guide for community preceptors and others holding courtesy appointments on accessing resources available with a UW-Madison NetID.

If you are working on the Ebling Library website and select a resource for which access is restricted, you will be prompted to enter your UW-Madison NetID in order to access the resource. The only way you will be recognized as a UW-Madison user is to access the resource through a UW-Madison portal (either through the library website, or by signing in through MyUW (at www.wisc.edu) before going to the library website. If you go straight to a subscription database or journal article, and do not come through a UW-Madison web space, you will not be prompted for your NetID and will not have access to all the resources of the database, including full-text articles.

To order a book or article with your Net ID, go through UW Libraries Interlibrary Loan. You will need an 11 digit ID: your Net ID plus the "issue code" that you will find on the lower right corner or back of your UW-Madison ID card.
See also Services for UW-Madison Faculty, Staff and Students on this website.

Please note: A few of the Ebling Library medical databases, such as MICROMEDEX may be available only from locations within the Health Sciences learning Center or the UW Hospital and Clinics, regardless of UW affiliation status.

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Fee-based Document delivery and Interlibrary loan through UW Libraries

Ebling Library's Document Delivery for Non-Affiliates: Information and Charges
Wisconsin Techsearch

Ebling Library's Document Delivery for Non-Affiliates

  • Serves health professionals and non-profit groups in Wisconsin.
  • Provides access to collections in basic and clinical biomedical sciences, neuroscience, biotechnology, nursing, pharmacy, pharmacology, toxicology, allied health, and health administration.(Some materials may be ineligible due to electronic licensing restrictions).
  • Call 608-262-6362 or 1-800-442-6471 (in Wisconsin) or fax 608-265-5598.

Charges for article and book chapters from Ebling Library's collection:

Standard

  • $7 per loan (plus applicable tax)
  • Typically delivered within 24 hours (Monday-Friday, excluding legal holidays)
  • Articles are delivered electronically by email. The email contains a Web link to the pdf document. (Other delivery methods by special request only.)
  • May use Loansome Doc

Rush

  • $15 per rush article (plus applicable tax)
  • Same-Day delivery if submitted by 1:00 PM, M-F (excluding legal holidays)
  • Articles are delivered electronically by email. The email contains a Web link to the pdf document.
  • Other delivery methods by special request only.

Interlibrary Loan
Loans of books, audiovisuals & microforms from Ebling Library's collection.

  • $7 per loan (plus applicable tax)
  • Loans are shipped via UPS (FedEx, with provided account information)
  • See loan periods for circulation periods and special exceptions

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Wisconsin TechSearch

  • Wendt Engineering Library's document delivery and literature searching service.
  • Provides access to all UW-Madison campus libraries' holdings.
  • Call 608-262-5917 for more information or visit Wendt library at http://wendt.library.wisc.edu/.

Please note: UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students have full access to the services of the Ebling Library reference librarians, inlcuding full-text document delivery and interlibrary loan at no cost. You are also welcome to contact the WI AHEC librarian for assistance locating resources referenced on this website. See "Off-Campus Access for UW-Madison Affliates."

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