Shiffman Medical Library

School of Medicine
Faculty Timesaver

Where To Start

Shiffman Medical Library - Always start at the library website. It’s your portal to seamlessly accessing library resources. Bookmark it. Use it on campus. Use it at home and off campus. Do NOT use Pipeline to access Library Services.

Essential-to-use library services (activate and verify all your WSU accounts first):

  1. Know your WSU AccessID (e.g. ab1234). All library services require this important credential.
  2. Verify your WSU Access in the WSU Directory
  3. Activate your WSU email (e.g. You can also forward this email to your SOM email and create an alias (e.g. to match your SOM email – e.g.
    Note: Voluntary (non-WSU paid) faculty need to email or your Liaison Librarian first.
  4. Don’t know your password? Check here to reset password
  5. Check My Library Account (has info about articles you request, WSU and MeL books checked out, due dates, etc.)
  6. Activate your ILLiad account – used for books not owned by WSU and back up for some article requests)
  7. Get your WSU OneCard – used to check out books at any WSU library

Use PubMed@Wayne – Primary search interface for MEDLINE biomedical & scientific literature; has links to WSU-licensed resources and ordering system

Library Catalog — search for WSU owned or licensed print or electronic materials: books, journals, videos, etc.

  • Get It - Print books delivered to Shiffman Library or Applebaum LRC (FAQ)
  • encore — a new powerful interface for searching the Wayne State University Library System Catalog that uses a simple keyword search much like Google. Encore allows you to:
    • See the titles from your results that have been most recently added into library collections
    • Narrow your search results by subject, author, format, language, collection, date, etc.
    • See the most relevant (current) titles first
    • Narrow results by the most frequently occurring subject terms with subject cloud tags
  • Order print books not owned by WSU at MelCat or WorldCat via Search for Article and use ILLiad
  • Request new Journal or Book purchases (print or electronic) - Email or contact your Liaison Librarian
  • Course Reserves — contact your Liaison Librarian

Remote Access to Library Resources


  • Uses your WSU AccessID (e.g. ab1234) and password
  • EZProxy allows electronic access to WSU resources from non-WSU locations (e.g. home, off-campus sites; although some hospitals may restrict use)
  • Compatible with any Web browser and Internet connection
    1. Always start on the Shiffman website
    2. Upon request to access a licensed WSU resource, the WSU EZProxy box will request WSU AccessID (e.g. ab1234) and password
    3. You do NOT need to download any software

Don't know your WSU AccessID and password?

What about using Pipeline?

  • Do NOT log in to Pipeline to access library resources
  • Pipeline may ‘time-out’ or block access to some electronic items.
  • Pipeline is used to report payroll time card, add money to OneCard, pay parking, sign up for events, access Blackboard, etc. BUT NOT for library resources

Resources & Services

Databases & Tools


NIH Reporting Requirements

Learning @Shiffman

  • Library workshops and Research Consultations: PubMed, Evidence Based Medicine Resources, EndNote, and more

Shiffman Medical Library
Wayne State University
Mazurek Medical Education Commons
320 E. Canfield St.
Detroit, MI 48201
(313) 577-1094