Resources for Non-UCSF Affiliates

What is the difference between UCSF Affiliate and Non-UCSF Affiliate?

UCSF Affiiates are providers who are UCSF employees and are granted access to all UCSF collections by virtue of their employment. UCSF academic licenses cover UCSF faculty (as designated by deans and provost), staff (per HR), and students (per registrar – note that visiting medical students are considered UCSF students by the registrar). UCSF voluntary appointments are also granted UCSF Affiliate access.

Non-UCSF Affiliates are providers who are employed by an entity other than UCSF, and do not hold a UCSF faculty or volunteer appointment. We recognize Non-UCSF Affiliates may have a need to access informational resources. Therefore, we offer the following two options:  

1. Visit our UCSF Fresno Hildebrand Medical Library in person. Three computers are available on the east wall with access to UCSF electronic resources. Printing and flash drive capability are not available but you may save your articles to the desktop and email them to yourself. 

2. Visit the resources below for access to free electronic resources available through open access sources and the San Joaquin Valley Library System.

UC Libraries 

This link will allow you to search for documents held by all UC libraries. Be sure to check the box marked "Open Access" and then click, "Enter as Guest for Library Materials and Free Resources" when prompted. 

UCSF Fresno Library Search

This link will provide you access to the local UCSF Fresno Library where you can locate our print collection, in addition to electronic resources. Items may be checked out for 4 weeks.

PubMed Central®

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

UCSF Library
Research GuidES

This link will provide you with research guides curated by UCSF subject experts, on a variety of topics. Example, e-books, copyright, grants, etc. Hyperinks within each guide may contain resources only available to UCSF affiliates. 

OpenMD Search is a search engine that makes high-quality medical information easily accessible to everyone and prioritizes freely-accessible content whenever available. OpenMD searches billions of documents from government agencies, global health organizations, medical journals, and reference sites.

Alternative Access

This link provides some additional strategies to accessing research articles if you are not a UCSF Affiliate. 

San Joaquin Valley Library System

This link will allow you to register for a library eCard. As a resident of San Joaquin Valley, you have free access to a variety of resources through your county library.

Fresno County Library
Madera County Library
Merced County Library
Tulare County Library

Free Newspaper Access

Access the Fresno Bee in your web browser for free. Full text coverage is available online from March 1986 to the present. This link is for those who have a Fresno County library card.

Access the New York Times in your web browser or with the NYT app. This link is for those who have a Fresno County library card.

Free eBooks, Audiobooks, and Videos 

This link will allow you access to OverDrive, a collection of eBooks, audiobooks, videos that can be accessible on your computer or by downloading the OverDrive app. This link is for those who have a Fresno County library card.