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Barbara's Basics for Department of Health Sciences: First Things First: Do This Now!

Basic, first-few-weeks-of school information and to-do's to get ready for using UNC University Libraries and a successful first year at Carolina.

Created by Health Science Librarians

Don't Forget:  Do These Now!

Take a (virtual) tour of the HSL

Get Networked

Set up the campus network on all your devices. It will save you time when you do library research. 

  • Allow up to 24 hours, once the registration process is complete, for the registration to take effect on the networks (usually takes an hour or two). 

BEST BET:  Plan ahead (several days) and get help from the experts at School of Medicine IT (SOM IT). 

Before you work with SOM IT set up email: requires ONYEN/password; doable from home

  • Email sign-up: (note that this will open in a new window) Sign in with your ONYEN and password
  • NOTE: Do NOT log in to student version of Office 365 suite IF you already have an active subscription to Office365 from outside UNC-Chapel Hill.  This is even more important if you plan to use OneNote. 

Complete this at least a day/preferably two in advance of library session

  • Have all your devices available (laptops, smart phones, tablets, iPads, etc.)
  • Upon request, IT will help set up recommended Eduroam for networking, Sciwheel citation manager (download and install; tools), dual authentication/verification 
    • Note: if you already have Eduroam installed from an institution other than UNC-Chapel Hill, it is best to remove that first.
    • Let them know you will need to use your laptop/devices not just in SOM buildings, but also campus buildings such as the libraries.
  • Live Chat help. If you go to or are routed there from the link, be sure to login with your credentials at the top right so that you will be recognized as School of Medicine.  

SOM IT Workforce Technology Equipment Recommendations 

Regarding Minimum computer requirements (from SOM IT):

  • Android devices: 10 or higher
  • iPhone: S6/S6 Plus or newer
  • MAC/iOS: Catalina/10.15 or higher (Mojave no longer supported by end of 2021). Avoid newest iOS if just released within the last few months.  
  • Windows: Windows 10 or higher

Regarding Encryption:

  • Students: most students will not have PHI/SI on their devices and will not require encryption. If you do, then SOM IT can advise you on the encryption process, but you will be responsible for completing the tasks and storing your recovery token safely. 
  • Faculty/Staff: SOM IT will assist you with encryption if you have PHI/SI on your device. 

Don't forget that you have access to Adobe Creative Products and other software via UNC Shareware:

Sprint to Print

Printing is back at HSL (August, 2021)!!  

Both color and black-and-white printing are available at HSL, as are scanners that allow you to scan and send to your email. 

New CCI Printing Links:

Additional hints:

Be True to Your Words

Learn how to write without plagiarizing before you write your first paper.

Organize Citations & PDFs

Before you drown in information overload:

We don't have it?  Use ILL!

Wizards at the HSL can get you articles and books (free to you!) even when the library does not own them.

Be True to Your School:  Choose Allied Health

Select (Allied) Health Sciences (UNC-CH) as your affiliation on library forms.

  • Then we will know how much (Allied) Health Sciences people love using library services!

Need Software or Online Training?

Don't forget that as a UNC student, you have access to free Adobe Creative Products via UNC Shareware:

Veterans Resources: Campus & Beyond

Office of the Dean of Students Veterans Resources

Click here for the UNC interactive campus map.

Department of (Allied) Health Sciences Veterans Resource Team Member

Registrar/GI BILL:  to receive Veterans Affairs Educational Benefits and to Renew Enrollment Certification (continuing students):

  • UNC's Veteran Affairs website has been designed to provide the most efficient and effective means to find the information needed to initiate GI Bill Veterans educational benefits and to renew certification (not automatic).

    If you still have questions after reviewing the information, please contact the team at .