- Reference Services
The library is well stocked with reference books. The Reference section provides services to users, for
example the Reference Librarian answers reference questions from the users and help them to identify
documents of their need to save money and time. All the time Library Staff are engaged in assisting
users to search information (book and periodicals) in the library databases and assisting users who want
to carry out their own literature search and complex search by guiding them. The reference services at
the CUHAS Library is one of the best section of the library which provides good service by identifying
and locating the documents for users very quickly. Moreover, it is equipped with computers installed
library databases (books and periodicals), CD-ROM databases and CD-ROMs.
- Current Awareness Service (CAS)
The University College Library also offers Current Awareness Services (CAS) by informing users about the
current and new arrival documents. The documents kept in the Display Shelf placed at the vicinity of the
readers for about 30 up to 45 days. The users can browse to know what new documents the library received.
Actually, this service keeps users up to date with what the library has acquired on monthly basis.
- Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI)
The library also offers the Selective Dissemination of Information (SDI) Services. This service is offered
only to groups of people and not to all library users. Lecturers and researchers are the groups targeted for
service. An interesting profile depicting and defining each area of user’s specialties is compiled so that
any given document matches with the users terms, its abstract can be photocopied and sent to the clients.
The service is of great interest to researchers and lecturers, because interested brief information materials
are presented to their offices and when they need full texts, they make individual follow up in the library.
This service is keeps the individual concerned users up to date in their subject areas.
- CD-ROMs Reference Material Service
The CUHAS Library has a good collection of CD-ROM databases and CD-ROMs of various topics, which are oriented
to medicine, some of which have been installed directly in the BUCHS Computer Network while others have to be
loaded to the computer in order to utilize them. The library provides CD-ROMs reference material service to
the community of users. A library staff assists some of users who are not competent on how to use the facilities.
The CD-ROMs reference material service is helpful because the users get the necessary information very quickly
and can thereafter print hard copies for personal use.
- Full Text Internet Medical Journals
The library provides a full text Internet Medical Journals. Free online journals are listed alphabetically as
installed in BUCHS Computer Network; these are Hinari Journals and Highwire. Other health information resources
may be accessed through on-line sites and access routes as follows: Journal articles free for everyone can be
accessed through Medline/Pubmed, GFMER free journal links, Free medical journals and Google Scholar; Teaching
materials free for everyone can be accessed through Freebooksfordoctors, DPDx at CDC, and virtual Hospital;
Clinical Guideline Iinks & EBM Review free for everyone can be accessed through GFMER Guideline links, Cochrane
review abstracts and e-medicine review articles; Information on Specific Health Topics free for everyone can be
accessed through WHO Health topics list, NLM’s Medlineplus and INASP’s Health Links; Free by National Provision
can be accessed through Highwire’s journals and POPLINE Materials while Free Journals via subsidized access
through HINARI, INASP/PERI, and AGORA. However, success prevails for those users with good computer knowledge.
User education will ensure that all library users benefit from this service.
- General Searching Information in the Internet
The library also provides general searching of information and teaching materials in the Internet, free for
every one information on specific health topics at WHO Health topics list, NLM’s MedlinePlus, INASP’s Health
links, GFMER guideline links, Cochrane abstract. Further more the user may search teaching materials
(medical Texts) in the internet at freebooks4fordoctors, medical student, Virtual Hospital, and parasitological
life cycles at DPDx. Also library users may search various information from the Internet by using different
search engines, for example www.google.com, www.pubmed.com etc. Networked six computers are placed in special
room inside the library purposely for library users. Library Staff full time assists library users to utilize
The CUHAS Library is a reference resources centre, Library information materials may not be borrowed from the
library. However, students can borrow recommended textbooks through their respective departments throughout
the semester or purchase from the CUHAS Store if available.