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Search for articles across multiple library databases

To find a journal, magazine, or newspaper article in the most popular databases in your subject area, enter your search term(s) and choose a subject from the pull-down menu. To view a complete list of indexes and databases available at Rutgers, click on View all databases. For more information see "How Do I Find an Article?"

To find books and more in the Library Catalog, enter your term(s) and select a search type in the pull-down menu. For more information see "How Do I Find a Book?"

To find a print or electronic journal in the Rutgers collections, enter its title or keywords in the title and select the appropriate search type in the pull-down menu. For more information, see "How Do I Find a Journal?"

To find a list of books, textbooks, and electronic articles placed on course reserve by your instructor, enter your instructor's last name and search. You can also use the pull-down menu to search by course title or number.

Information for Alumni

The George F. Smith Library of the Health Sciences in Newark offers a variety of services to alumni of all programs based on the Newark and Scotch Plains campuses. Graduates of other University campuses should contact their campus's library or their respective alumni office for information regarding library services. For questions about the library and the services we provide to alumni contact us at (973) 972-5498

University Libraries often receives requests from alumni for access to our licensed online books, journals, and databases, which are legally restricted to current students, faculty, and staff only.  To date, costs to include alumni in our product licenses have been prohibitively expensive. Alumni may visit any University campus library in person to use resources onsite at no charge. Alternatively, they may also use our toolkit of “Free Health Sciences Information” resources, found at http://libguides.rutgers.edu/gfs_free_health_info

Please see below for descriptions of specific services.

Borrowing Privileges

Alumni are welcome to visit the Smith Library and to use any of our print or electronic resources while there. Alumni are also offered borrowing privileges, with 4 ‐ week loan, and 25 book limit.

Reference Services

Alumni may request reference assistance by using the "Ask a Librarian" form located on campus library Web sites. Additionally, librarians are available to assist you in locating information on a walk-in basis at any campus library. The "Ask a Librarian" service will provide answers to short, factual questions; for more in-depth research questions, it is best to schedule a consultation with a librarian. Go to Smith Library to connect with the "Ask a Librarian" service.

Alumni may request that librarians perform literature searches for them by calling (973) 972-4358. Standard fees apply.

Online Resources

Alumni are welcome to visit the Library and access all online licensed resources. Off-campus access to most e-journals and databases is licensed for current students, faculty, and staff only. Off campus access to licensed resources cannot be extended to alumni. A link to a collection of free electronic resources may be found at http://libguides.rutgers.edu/gfs_free_health_info.

Document Delivery/ ILL Services

Interlibrary loan services are not available to alumni.

Photocopy ("pull & copy") services are also not available to alumni. Self-service copying at all public copy machines is permitted to any user of a University library, so alumni visitors are free to copy articles onsite.

You may want to request specific items from University libraries through your local public library, or through your hospital or college/university library if so affiliated. Alternatively, you can also consider Loansome Doc service, which is a fee-based way to obtain copies of articles. Contact ILL (973-972-5319 ) for detail. Loansome Doc allows registered users to request articles found on PubMed, ordering them directly with a contracted library.


Newark and Scotch Plains alumni may use computers located in the first and third rows on the main level of the library; these are in the rows located closest to the Information Desk. This equipment does not require authentication to use.

Library Workshops

Alumni are welcome to register for workshops offered by the Library. Classes are meant to provide an introduction to an area of information management or a better understanding of how to maximize use of online databases. The Information & Education Department staff maintains web pages with information on current offerings and registration information.

See Classes Registration

University Links for Alumni