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Library and Information Services

The Northwest AHEC supports regional healthcare and advanced training to healthcare professionals and students. The Library provides information resources, services, classes, and tutorials to further the Northwest AHEC mission.

Information Resources 

AHEC Digital Library - The AHEC Digital Library includes full-text journals and textbooks, health care related databases, evidence-based medicine resources, and other healthcare links. We also have some online tutorials forsuccessfully using resources on the AHEC Digital Library. Anyone can access the AHEC Digital Library as a guest. However, certain licensed resources, including full-text journals, textbooksand databases are only available to ADL members.

You are eligible for membership if you are:

  • physician or on staff at one of our member institutions
  • an individual subscriber to the Northwest AHEC Information & Library System
  • a preceptor of medical, nursing, pharmacy, or other students in healthcare fields from Wake Forest University, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Duke University, or East Carolina University

ILLiad System Login (request for articles, books, & videos):

Making the Most of Your Medical Library and Your Librarians  
With the increase in medical information available in today's environment, you need to focus on evidence-based medical information when searching for the latest and greatest literature.  Your medical librarian can help you do just that. 

Northwest AHEC Information and Library Services provides a full service library. Librarians provide document delivery; online literature search service -urgent or standard; remote access to electronic journals; alerting services, such as table of contents alerts, RSS feeds or customized search updates; training in online searching skills or critical appraisal techniques.

Librarians deliver most information electronically and within 24 hours of your request.  Alerting services are a way to keepup-to-date with all developments within your specialty, and librarians can customize your services to your individual needs.  Online literature searches can be ordered through an e-mail request.  Studies have shown that the inexperienced searcher may find only 15% of the total available literature on
Medline, compared with the 45% retrieved by the professional searcher.  If you wish to hone your searching skills, librarians conduct one-on-one, group practice or formal hospital training sessions. 

Not all the services will fit your needs, but check out the services available.  Some of you will prefer to do your own searching; others will find it more efficient to have library staff work for you.  Find the databases that are most pertinent to your needs.  Let a librarian orient you to the structure and format.  Arrange a site visit or have the librarian work with your whole practice during a "lunch and learn" in youroffice.  Be proactive in making use of all the services, and tell your librarian what you found useful.  This helps at a
time when services are evolving.  Your input will ensure you continue to have what you need, when you need it.


Quick tips for getting the most from your


  • Be specific about the type of information you are looking for
    and the depth of your research.
  • Discuss where you have already looked.
  • Be prepared to explain your topic.  You are the


If you, your organization or practice are members of the
Northwest AHEC Information and Library Services,  please
contact Karen Martinez at


Our online Learning Center offers many more resources and tutorials. You may register for this online course absolutely free. Use the course catalog and registration system to register for access to the Library and Information Services "event." You will only have to register once and it is absolutely free. Register now at

ASK A LIBRARIAN - Send your questions to us via Email at

For assistance or questions, please contact the Library Staff:


TEL: 828 326 3662
FAX: 828 326 3484
Janice Moore, MLS, Professional Outreach Librarian
828 326 3493

Karen Lee Martinez, MLS, Senior Professional Outreach Librarian
828 326 3482

Luz Crespo, BS, Library Reference Technician
828 326 3662

TEL: 828 262 4300
FAX: 828 265 5048
Robin Daniels, Library Manager

Quick Reference

Northwest AHEC

Phone 336-713-7700
FAX 336-713-7701


To view and register for scheduled activities and online courses please visit
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