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Global Health Toolkit: For Duke Users in the Field

Resources and services to support global health

UpToDate Access

Access without VPN

The UpToDate link on the library's website now prompts you to sign in with your NetID and password. No VPN required.

Mobile Access

The UpToDate app allows you to access UpToDate content over wifi or a data plan. There are two catches:

  1. You have to register for an UpToDate account on campus using your Duke email account.
  2. You have to log in on campus every 180 days to keep your account active. This can be accomplished by logging in to the app while on the VPN.

Want mobile access but don't have a wifi/data connection?

There is a fully downloadable version of UpToDate called MobileComplete that can be used in settings with no wifi / data connection, but it is only available to individual subscribers and is quite pricey.

Having Trouble?

Contact Megan von Isenburg or the library's research and education team.

Field Work Projects

Perkins Library has created a global health fieldwork guide to assist with:

  • Preparing a literature review with relevant background research
  • Navigating the IRB process
  • Choosing appropriate research methods
  • Finding good information on your fieldwork location
  • Managing your project effectively


Accessing Resources Remotely

  Getting to library resources in the field can be a challenge. The easiest way to access any of the materials from Duke libraries is through the EZProxy links on library resources. Basically, this means you will just be prompted to sign in with your NetID and password once you click on a resource.Be sure to be starting from the Medical Center Library's website to ensure that the links will prompt you to sign in!

Searching PubMed? Use the Duke PubMed. Follow the Get it at Duke button to connect to full text. It will prompt you to sign in with your Net ID and password if you are off campus. Note: we don't have full text of everything! When in doubt, just ask.

Trouble with your NetID? Contact OIT.

Lacking wifi? Look to see if eduroam is available. Duke is a member and you can use it to access wifi and authenticate to some Duke resources using this network.

Still having trouble? Concierge services are available to Duke faculty, students and staff traveling internationally. Please contact Megan von Isenburg or Research and Education staff.

Library Services From the Field

Duke University Medical Center Users:

ONLINE MATERIALS: Most of the Medical Center Library's journal collections are available online and should be accessible via the Library's website.

PRINT MATERIALS: Materials that are only available via print or other institution's libraries can be requested through the Medical Center Library interlibrary loan system (fees  apply only to those things we have to get from other libraries; we can scan and email you articles from our print collections for free). As book delivery could be problematic, please contact Megan von Isenburg for guidance.

RESEARCH HELP: For assistance using resources or searching the literature, please contact Megan von Isenburg. Help can be given through email, IM, phone or Skype (user name vonis001). Online videos and tipsheets on using library resources are also available.

Duke University Users: Many of the Duke University Libraries journal collections are available online and should be accessible via the Duke University Libraries website. Materials only available in print can be requested through the Perkins Library interlibrary loan system.