Policy Regarding Medical Research Assistance
The Medical and Allied Health Sciences collections at the University of Texas at El Paso Library are provided primarily as an educational component for the faculty and students of the institution. Other faculty and students in the community as well as community patrons are welcome to use the collection for their needs. Reference staff can help you use the collection, but cannot conduct research about specific medical conditions, diseases, syndromes, ailment, or treatments for you. If you need to find out more about a medical diagnosis or prescription, we encourage you to come to the library and use sources such as Medline. When you come in, we can show you how to access the online resources and print sources, but you are responsible for your own research. If you find a term that is not clear to you, Library staff cannot interpret it or explain it to you. However, they will refer you to dictionaries or other sources that might help you understand it.
This policy is in place for several reasons:
Library staff are prohibited from giving health care advice. Librarians advising people about their health is against the law. Only a licensed physician can diagnosis and prescribe treatment.