Distance Education Students
- Distance Education students must be registered with the TTUHSC Libraries. A Library Card Application form will be included in the class registration packet or may be requested by calling the Library.
- By signing and submitting the Library Card Application, the student accepts all responsibilities stated on the back of 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 and may be renewed. 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 if they are not overdue or on hold for another user. Call the Circulation Desk of the Library from which the items were borrowed.
- Journals, reference items, computer programs, x-rays, and audiovisual equipment (VCR's, 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.
FinesThere is a 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. 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.
Business-related databases 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. Databases appropriate to TTUHSC Distance Education courses include: Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, ERIC, Health Reference Center Academic, Health & Wellness Resource Center, Natural and Alternative Treatments, and Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection.
Click here for Guides & Tutorials on selected databases.
Distance Education students can use DeepWeb Explorit to search the Libraries' ebook collections. Click here for a tutorial on DeepWeb.
EndNote allows the user to search online bibliographic databases, organize their references, images and PDFs in any language, and create bibliographies and figure lists instantly. Users can automatically insert references from their database into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds. Both an online and a desktop download are available under the "Bibliographic Tools" section on the TTUHSC Libraries' home page.
Photocopy charges are as follows:
|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 Distance Education students. Payment of these charges is expected within 30 days of receipt. Failure to pay will result in the suspension of Library privileges or in student grades being held until the invoice is paid in full.
Reference ServicesProfessional reference librarians are available 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday to answer reference questions and to provide assistance in searching the web-based databases or using the Libraries' book and journal collections.
Patrons may also contact a reference librarian via firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference questions emailed to email@example.com are instantly submitted to multiple reference librarians. The first available librarian will fill your request.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
- Interlibrary Loan is the process used to request access to a book or journal article not owned by your affiliated library.
- Books and journal articles may be requested from other TTUHSC Libraries or from other regional medical libraries.
- Interlibrary Loan is primarily a fee-based service and does require approximately 3-10 working days to receive the requested items.
- The Interlibrary Loan Departments are staffed Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Requests for ILL service may be left with the Library staff all hours that the Library is open or requested at any time from the Libraries' home page. Mouse over Interlibrary Loan (ILL) and click on Online ILL Request Form.
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
- 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 Library.
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 region. Fees are as follows:
- Routine delivery for TTUHSC Distance Education students: $4.00/item
- Rush delivery: $10.00/item
- An invoice covering Interlibrary Loan charges will be mailed to Distance Education students. Payment of these charges is expected within 30 days of receipt. Failure to pay will result in the suspension of Library privileges or in student grades being held until the invoice is paid in full.
- The TTUHSC 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 Library encourages affiliated users to register with and 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 for more information on becoming a Loansome Doc user and to discuss electronic transmission of articles.
Contact Names for Distance Education Library Services
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Page last updated: March 3, 2013