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Additional Information

For frequently asked questions and tutorials on how to use electronic resources available at the TTUHSC Libraries of the Health Sciences, please go to:

Guides & Tutorials

Circulation Policies

  • Distance education students must be registered with the TTUHSC Libraries in order to borrow items or to request Interlibrary Loans and photocopies. A Library Account Application form may be completed online by filling out the online form or may be requested by calling the Library.
  • By signing and submitting the Library Account Application, the student accepts all responsibilities stated on the application form.
  • All books and audiovisuals in the TTUHSC Libraries have the following loan periods:
    • Students within traveling distance of a TTUHSC Library may check out books for two weeks and audiovisuals for ten days. Books may be renewed twice and AVs, once. A maximum of twelve items may be checked out at one time.
    • Books and audiovisuals sent through the mail are checked out for one month. They may be renewed one time. The Library will pay shipping and will include a return label with the item.
  • Items may be renewed by telephone or through the online catalog with a HSC eRaider account if they are not overdue or on hold for another user. Call the Circulation Desk of the Library from which the items were borrowed if assistance is needed. 
  • In an effort to help patrons avoid overdue fines, courtesy reminder notices will be sent via e-mail two days prior to the day the items are due. However, patrons are responsible for returning items on time, as well as any fines accrued, even if a notice was not received.
  • Journals, reference items, computer programs, x-rays, and audiovisual equipment (DVD players, projectors, models, etc.) do not circulate.
  • If questions should arise regarding Library circulation policy or access, distance education students should contact the Library on the campus where they are registered. Abilene and Dallas distance education students should contact the Lubbock campus library.


Fines/Library Service Fees

There is a three (3) day grace period after the due date for Library books, audiovisuals, and Interlibrary Loan books, during which time no fines are charged. After the grace period, fines are $0.50 per day for all the days that each item is overdue. Fines continue to accrue until the item is returned. As a courtesy, overdue notices are emailed or mailed. After the second overdue notice, a bill is mailed which reflects the replacement cost of the item, a $25.00 processing fee, and any fines which have accrued.

Lost items are billed at cost of the item, plus $25.00 handling fee, plus accrued fines. The Koha system already calculates the cost of the book along with the $25.00 handling fee. If the lost item is found, the patron should return it to the library and the previous transaction becomes a donation. The library does not refund money for lost items if and when they are found.

Library service fees (such as ILL) and library fines may be paid in cash (in-person), check, and credit. Students paying by credit can use the online credit payment form. Fine and fee amounts below $5.00 will be rounded to the $5.00 minimum when paying by credit. Credit transactions are human processed. Off-hours transactions may require up to 48 hours to be applied to your library account.


Electronic Resources

Off-Campus Access

TTUHSC distance education students have off-campus access to the electronic resources through the proxy server. When using databases, eBooks, or eJournals, a HSC eRaider login window will appear. Enter your HSC eRaider username and password and click on "Sign In". This validates TTUHSC affiliation and allows access to the electronic resources.

Library Catalog

Click the "Library Catalog" link from the TTUHSC Libraries' home page to search the online catalog. The catalog reflects the book, journal, and audiovisual holdings for all four campus libraries.


Distance education students should always access electronic resources from the TTUHSC Libraries' home page. Popular health science databases available include: AccessPhysiotherapy, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, Clinical Key, Cochrane Databases, DynaMed, embase, Essential Evidence Plus, International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA), Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts, MICROMEDEX, Nursing Reference Center, OT Search, PubMed, PsycINFO, Rehabilitation Reference Center, Scopus, SPORTDiscus, and Web of Science.

Business-related and general academic databases are also available through TexShare. TexShare is a service of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Many of the databases include the full-text of the articles indexed. Popular health sciences related databases include: Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, ERIC, and Health Reference Center Academic.

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to use select databases.

Exam Preparation Resources

The HSC Libraries have two online examination preparatory resources: EXAM MASTER OnLine NCLEX-RN and EXAM MASTER OnLine USMLE. EXAM MASTER NCLEX-RN provides more than 3,800 NCLEX quality review questions covering the four Client Needs areas.EXAM MASTER USMLE provides quality review questions for the USMLE and Medical Speciality Board Exams.


Distance education students have access to over 50,000 eBooks. Online book collections including: AMA Manual of Style, AccessMedicine, AccessPharmacy, AccessPhysiotherapy, Books@OVID, Clinical Key, ebrary, EBSCOhost eBooks, JAMAevidence, Psychiatry Online, STAT!Ref, and Tests in Print. Students may search the ebook collections through the online catalog.


Affiliated users of the HSC Libraries have access to over 23,000 electronic journal titles. Use Gold Rush to determine whether the HSC Libraries provide electronic access to a specific journal. For a printable guide to searching Gold Rush, see Guides and Tutorials.

Online MultiMedia

Distance education students have access to several online image and video collections including: AccessMedicine,, Netter Presenter, Northwestern University Surgical Video Collection, Rehabilitation Reference Center, and SpringerImages. For guides to these collections, see Guides and Tutorials.

Mobile Resources

Many of the HSC Libraries' electronic resources offer mobile-friendly versions or applications for smartphone and iPad users. Click on the "Mobile Resources" link at the HSC Libraries' home page for a list of healthcare related mobile resources. For further assistance, please contact a Reference Librarian at Ask A Librarian.

Resources by School

The HSC Libraries have created frequently used resources pages for each of the Schools. These web pages serve as a starting point for research and study. Please consult a Reference Librarian at Ask A Librarian for further assistance.

Bibliographic Tools

RefWorks allows users to create personal citation folders and use them for a variety of research activities. References are quickly and easily imported from online bibliographic databases such as PubMed. Users can automatically insert references from their citation folders into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies in seconds. RefWorks is located under the "Bibliographic Tools" section on the HSC Libraries' home page.

EndNote allows the user to search online bibliographic databases, organize their references, images and PDFs, and create bibliographies instantly. Users can automatically insert references from their citation folders into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies in seconds. Both an online and a desktop version are available under the "Bibliographic Tools" section on the HSC Libraries' home page.

Technical Tools

The HSC Reference Librarians provide a download called "TeamViewer" that enables the librarians to provide remote assistance. To download the application, please see the "News and Announcements" section of the Libraries' homepage.

Library Updates

To keep current with new library services and resources, the HSC Libraries offer several social media tools including Facebook, RSS feeds, Twitter, and Library Events Calendars. For further information, please contact a Reference Librarian at Ask A Librarian.


Photocopy/scanner printing charges are as follows:
Self service:   $0.10/page
Staff service (maximum fee: $4.00)   $0.25/page
Rush staff service (maximum fee: $10.00)   $0.50/page

Distance education students needing items may request to have articles delivered through the mail, email, or fax. An invoice will be mailed to the patron. Payment of these charges is expected within 30 days of receipt. Failure to pay will result in the suspension of HSC Library privileges or in student grades being held until the invoice is paid in full.

Reference Services

Professional reference librarians are available 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (CT & MT), Monday-Friday to answer reference questions and to provide assistance in searching the online databases or using the HSC Libraries' book and journal collections.

Patrons may also contact a reference librarian via the Ask A Librarian service. Patrons can fill out the online form or chat with a Reference Librarian. The reference question is instantly submitted to multiple reference librarians. The first available librarian will answer your question.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • Interlibrary Loan is the process used to request a book or journal article not owned by the HSC Libraries.
  • Books and journal articles may be requested from other TTUHSC Libraries (Intralibrary Loan) or from other medical libraries (Interlibrary Loan).
  • Interlibrary Loan is primarily a fee-based service and does require approximately 2-5 working days to receive the requested items.
  • The Interlibrary Loan Departments are staffed Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m (CT & MT). Requests for ILL service may be left with the Library staff all hours that the Library is open or requested through the Online ILL Request Form. ILL requests received after 5:00 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends will be processed on the next available business day.
  • Borrowing within the TTUHSC Library system: books, photocopies of journal articles and audiovisual materials owned by other TTUHSC Libraries may be obtained through ILL. Fees are as follows:
    • Books: free
    • Journal articles: 
    • Routine requests: $.25/page (maximum fee: $4.00)
    • Rush requests: $.50/page (maximum fee: $10.00)
    • Audiovisuals: $2.00/item
    • Shipping costs are paid for by the HSC Libraries.
  • Borrowing from outside of the TTUHSC Libraries system: books, photocopies of journal articles and audiovisual materials not owned by the TTUHSC Libraries may be requested through ILL and will be obtained, when possible, from other medical libraries in the United States. Fees are as follows: 
    • Routine delivery: $4.00/item
    • Rush delivery: $10.00/item
  • An invoice covering Interlibrary Loan charges will be emailed to distance education students' TTUHSC email addresses. Payment of these charges is expected within 30 days of receipt. Failure to pay will result in the suspension of HSC Library privileges and in student grades being held until the invoice is paid in full.
  • The HSC Libraries are members of the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) and are very conscientious about copyright issues. CCC fees on interlibrary loan requests may be charged back to the requester.
  • The HSC Libraries encourage affiliated users to use the National Library of Medicine's Loansome Doc service. Loansome Doc facilitates electronic transmission of Interlibrary Loan requests via the PubMed database. Call the Library on the campus where you are registered with for more information on becoming a Loansome Doc user.


Contact Names for Distance Education Library Services


Stephanie Shippey
Phone: 806-743-1144

Patron Services:
Interlibrary Loan:

Terri Wilson
 Phone: 806-414-9957

Sklya Bryant
 Phone: 806-414-9535

Circulation Desk:
Interlibrary Loan:

Erik Wilkinson
Phone: 432-703-5031

Circulation Desk:
Interlibrary Loan:

Page last updated: Oct 25, 2017