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Foundations of Medical Practice

Welcome to Undergraduate Medical Education @ UBC

While some of your Class of 2023 colleagues will have completed previous degrees at UBC in subject areas closely related to medicine, UBC Library and/or health sciences resources may be new to many.  Below, please find a quick run-down of the basics, which we hope will assist you in getting off to a successful start!

Orientation Activity

Please spend a few minutes reading through the information below.  

To get a head start on the new academic year, please try to complete the following tasks prior to the library orientation session on August 20, 2019.  There are three highlighted questions for you - please provide your answers below.

  1. UBC Library provides access to thousands of health sciences e-journals.  Go to the Library's home page and sign in using your CWL.  [Click LOGIN, top right, and choose "EZproxy Login".]  Go to the 'Journal Titles' tab in the search box and search for the UBC Faculty of Medicine medical journal.  When was this journal first published? 
  2. UBC Library provides access to many online resources that will be useful in medical school, and this guide lists many of our favourites.  Go to the next tab on this page [General Resources] and try connecting to a resource such as ClinicalKey, AccessMedicine or DynaMed Plus.  Do a couple sample searches.  What did you find?
  3. Many of your professors recommend specific readings to accompany lectures and CBL activities.  They're almost all available online and can be accessed via Entrada. Sign in to Entrada and locate the Course Readings tab [Listed under Course Navigation for each MEDD course]. Using Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR), find the readings for MEDD 411: Foundations of Medical Practice and find the article with a "Library Orientation" tag.  Who wrote it?  
1. When was the UBC Faculty of Medicine medical journal first published?
2011: 699 votes (32.5%)
2009: 1088 votes (50.58%)
1962: 72 votes (3.35%)
First published 1962-68, revived 2009: 292 votes (13.58%)
Total Votes: 2151
2. What did you find in the resource you visited?
articles: 151 votes (8.09%)
book chapters: 22 votes (1.18%)
evidence summaries: 30 votes (1.61%)
videos: 4 votes (0.21%)
all of the above: 1659 votes (88.91%)
Total Votes: 1866
3. Who wrote the article listed in the MEDD 411 course in the Library tab?
Weingarten: 85 votes (4.78%)
de Castro-Santos: 50 votes (2.81%)
Jacobson: 1368 votes (76.94%)
Stanton: 275 votes (15.47%)
Total Votes: 1778

Accessing Library Resources from Home

UBC Library e-resources (e-journals, e-books, databases, etc.) are available from any location with internet access.  You will need to sign in once per session using your Campus-Wide Login (CWL) or UBCcard barcode/PIN.  More information about connecting from off-campus is here.  

In general, it's a good policy to connect to resources (even free resources like PubMed and Google Scholar) through the UBC Library website (rather than going direct to the resource), as this will allow you to sign in and access full text.  Please reach out for help if you are experiencing any difficulties in accessing library resources from home.  

Course Readings

Many of your instructors have identified readings to accompany and enrich lectures, labs and tutorials.  Most of these are available electronically and can be accessed via Entrada. Again, locate the Course Readings tab [listed under Course Navigation for each MEDD course]. You will be directecd to Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR), and will find a complete list of readings for each course you are enrolled in. 

Readings specific to CBL will have the CBL tag.  

Some courses may designate print books in addition to online readings.  These are often great for studying or background reading, and will be available to be borrowed at each site's university library.  In many cases, we have online versions as well, which we will link to in LOCR.

Where is the Library?

While you are at UBC, Woodward Library is your library.  It is located about 5 minutes away from the LSC (just to the north, on the other side of the hospital), and has computers, printers, room for studying (including group study rooms), friendly staff and librarians, as well as all the print books for your program.  

UBC has another great library to serve you in the Vancouver area - the Biomedical Branch at VGH. BMB has most of the medical program print books, as well as friendly staff and a great librarian, computers, a printer, study carrels, group study rooms and 24/7 access with hospital ID.  Stop by to check it out - many students study there if it's more convenient to their home.  

If you are an IMP, NMP or SMP student, you will enjoy full library services at your local university library (and continued access to UBC Library e-resources), as well as support from a MD program librarian.  All medical program books will be available at these libraries for borrowing.  

Copyright, Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

UBC's Copyright Office offers a variety of services to assist all members of the university community in properly applying copyright requirements.  Copyright Office staff are available to answer questions that are not covered in their documentation, and workshops are also offered.  

Academic integrity is honest and responsible scholarship. As a university student, you are expected to submit original work and give credit to other peoples' ideas. More information, tips and an interactive tutorial are available here.  

Proper citation of sources is essential to good academic work.  UBC Library has a detailed guide on this topic, including links to style guides (including Vancouver Style, usually required for submission to biomedical journals), information about citation management tools and more.  One of the easiest way to manage citations is to collect the necessary data as you go using a tool like RefWorks.  RefWorks offers a Word add-on, which will help you to create in-text citations if desired and will create a bibliography for you in your format of choice.  

Using UBC Library

Online tutorials on a variety of subjects are available from UBC Library.  


If you're not finding what you need, or if you would like to meet with a librarian to talk about research strategies, resources, citation management, etc., please do contact us!  A librarian is available at each university site, and we are accessible by email, phone, in person - whatever works for you.  

Workshops on a wide variety of topics are offered at UBC Library: Refworks (and other citation management tools), MEDLINE searching, systematic review searching, current awareness, etc.  More information is available here.  

At the distributed sites, workshops are also available: