Getting Started for Health Sciences Users

CHSL Homepage

Please start your research at the CHSL homepage where you will find the best links for health sciences books, journals, electronic resources, databases, library hours, staff, etc. For immediate assistance, please call the Reference Department at 216.368.3218.

What do you need to do?

There are several important steps to follow to have access to the library resources.

  • The Case network account must be activated. This includes the Case email account.
  • When accessing the network remotely or through a wireless connection, you must have the VPN client installed and opened on your computer. It is a minimal software program which you must download. The instructions are available at this site.
  • Some OhioLINK resources may be accessed remotely by providing your name, Case Account Number and PIN from CWRU's Library Catalog. If you do not have a PIN or if you are having difficulty with the PIN, please call the Circulation Desk at the Health Center at 216.368.4540, or at the Allen at 216.368.3641. Please call between 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M., Monday - Friday. OhioLINK provides information about accessing its resources.
  • Please contact CHSL's Interlibrary Loan Department for a list of applicable charges to obtain materials. You must register for ILLiad Interlibrary privileges. Please click on First Time Users and follow the instructions. You may send an email, (, or you may call the Interlibrary Loan Librarian at 216.368.6420.
  • When accessing PubMed, please use the following URL;
    This URL provides links to the electronic journals to which Case subscribes, to the Electronic Journal Center of OhioLINK and to OLINKS which provides a full text link if available, whether there are copies in the library and information about formatting the citation for inclusion in a bibliography.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Reference, or send an email, (

Electronic Resources

Access to the electronic resources at Case Western Reserve University is governed by site licenses and restricted to current Case faculty, staff and students.

For more information, please read the Acceptable Use Policy.