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Alumni and Retirees Resources & Services

How to find and access articles and other information resources after leaving Weill Cornell Medicine


The purpose of this guide is to assist Weill Cornell's Medical College Alumni, Graduate School Alumni and Retirees to find free and Open Access resources since they will no longer have access to most of the library's subscribed e-resources remotely.  Alumni will have remote access to a selected list of subscriptions/paid resources.

What's In This Guide

After you graduate or retire from WCM, you’ll lose access to the hundreds of thousands of paid resources that the Samuel J. Wood Library provides to the WCM community. If you’re going on to study, research, or work somewhere that has access to the same or even more resources than WCM, that’s great! But what if your next stop can’t afford the high cost of information or doesn’t provide this service? You may not be able to access resources that you need: scholarly articles for your ongoing research, medical literature for personal health questions, consumer data for business proposals, and much more.


This guide shares ways that you can find and access articles and other information resources after you leave WCM.



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Why Do You Lose Access to Articles after You Graduate or Retire?

pricing table onlineInformation isn’t free, and published research--including many of the articles that you’ve used while at WCM--is often very expensive. On behalf of the WCM, the Samuel J. Wood Library pays several million dollars a year for access to these resources for the WCM community. When you leave WCM, you lose access because of legally binding licenses for these resources with information vendors and publishers, which restrict access to only current members of the WCM community—including currently enrolled students and currently employed faculty and staff.

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