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Sparks Library Resources for UAB Huntsville Community Preceptors

This page contains the information you need to take advantage of our library resources.


The desktop version of UpToDate is located here: UpToDate

You will need your Blazer ID and password for sign-in. If you do not know your Blazer ID or need to reset your password, visit this page: BlazerID Central (

For mobile use, you will need to use one of the Huntsville campus computers in order to register for a free UpToDate account through UAB's institutional membership. Once your account is set up, download the mobile app. Then log onto the mobile app using your newly registered user name and password. You will need to update your registration every 90 days to keep the account active.

If you would like assistance with setting up your account, please contact Alan at 256-551-4405 or to schedule an appointment.

Continuing Medical Education

CME - Educational Resources

ClinicalKey Student has a section where physicians can earn CME credit. Registration is required for a personal account - contact Jill Deaver at for more information.

Clinical Support Tools

Literature Reviews

We provide literature reviews for manuscripts and clinical queries. Email Alan Backer at with a detailed question (e.g. diagnosis/treatment/prognosis, demographics and other variables) along with the deadline by which you need the review completed.

If you are looking to perform your own review but need help, please see the links below.

Presentation Help

We provide design and editing guidance for Powerpoint presentations, Excel Spreadsheets, Word Documents, and poster presentations. Please contact for assistance.

You may also use Lister Hill Library's Poster Presentations guide for help:

Poster Presentations

Publishing Information

Contact Alan at for help with journal submissions and navigating the unique submission protocol for individual journals.

You can also contact UAB Libraries' Office of Scholarly Communication for a consultation on publishing and copyright questions.

Office of Scholarly Communication - Libraries | UAB

And here are some guides featuring writing and publishing tips:

Choosing a Journal for Publication

eBooks about Writing

Here is a guide featuring examples of journals not to submit to: Predatory Publishing

Finding Journal Articles

In order to use most of our medical journal databases, you will need your Blazer ID and password. If you have trouble with authentication, please contact us via email, phone, or LibChat.

You can subscribe to journal email lists via Browzine and many of the other databases here: Clinical Table of Contents Service

If you cannot locate an article, contact Alan or fill out an Interlibrary Loan form here: Interlibrary Loan. The article will be emailed to you when ready. Turnaround time is usually pretty quick.

If you are having trouble accessing an article on your handheld device, add our EZproxy link to the beginning of your URL:

Here are links to the most popular medical databases in the UAB collection, along with Research Guides that will help you navigate the databases:


For help with installing and using medical apps, contact Alan at 

Please refer to the UpToDate tab above for instructions on how to install and use UpToDate.

Below is the link to our Core Medical Apps as well as a few individual selections.

Hours and Contact Information

Our business hours are Monday-Friday, 8 am to 5 pm. However, you will have access to the library 24/7 through use of your key fob. Don't forget to bring it if you are visiting the library during night or on the weekends.

Contact Information

Alan Backer, Librarian - (256) 551-4405 /


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