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Circulation Policies


There 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.

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 to which access is restricted, a TTUHSC eRaider sign-in window will pop-up. Enter your HSC eRaider username and password and click on "Sign In". This validates TTUHSC affiliation and allows access to the electronic resource.

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

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.

Exam Preparation Resources
The Library has 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.

TTUHSC Distance Education students have access to over 50,000 ebooks. Online book collections including: AMA Manual of Style, AccessMedicine, AccessPharmacy, AccessPhysiotherapy, AccessSurgery, Books@OVID, ebrary, JAMAevidence, MDConsult, Mental Measurements Yearbook, Methods in Enzymology, NetLibrary, Psychiatry Online, Scriver's OMMBID, STAT!Ref, and Tests in Print. Students may also use the alphabetical title list for access to ebooks.

Distance Education students can use DeepWeb Explorit to search the Libraries' ebook collections. Click here for a tutorial on DeepWeb.

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

Online MultiMedia
TTUHSC Distance Education students have access to several online image and video collections including: AccessMedicine, Anatomy.tv, 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 Libraries' electronic resources offer mobile-friendly versions or applications to smartphone and iPad users. Click on the "Mobile Resources" link at the Libraries' home page for a list of healthcare related mobile resources. For further assistance, please contact a Reference Librarian at mylibrary@ttuhsc.edu.

Resources by School
The TTUHSC 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 mylibrary@ttuhsc.edu for further assistance.

Bibliographic Tools
RefWorks allows users to create personal databases and use them for a variety of research activities. References are quickly and easily imported from text files or online databases. The databases can then be used to manage, store, and share the information. Users can automatically insert references from their database into their papers and generate formatted bibliographies and manuscripts in seconds. RefWorks is located under the "Bibliographic Tools" section on the Libraries' home page.

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.

Technical Tools
The TTUHSC Reference Librarians provide a download called "TeamViewer" that enable the librarians to provide remote assistance. To download the application, please see Technical Tools.
Library Updates
To keep current with new library services and resources, the TTUHSC Libraries offer several social media tools including Facebook, RSS feeds, Twitter, and Library Events Calendars. For further information, please contact a Reference Librarian at mylibrary@ttuhsc.edu.


Photocopy 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 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 Services

Professional 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 mylibrary@ttuhsc.edu. Reference questions emailed to mylibrary@ttuhsc.edu are instantly submitted to multiple reference librarians. The first available librarian will fill your request.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Contact Names for Distance Education Library Services


Stephanie Shippey
 Phone: 806-743-2208
 E-mail: stephanie.shippey@ttuhsc.edu

Circulation Desk:
Interlibrary Loan:
Learning Resource Center:

Allied Health/Pharmacy
Terri Wilson
  Phone: 806-354-5450
  E-mail: terri.wilson@ttuhsc.edu

Cheryl Simonsen
  Phone: 806-354-5581
  E-mail: cheryl.simonsen@ttuhsc.edu

Circulation Desk:
Interlibrary Loan:

Andrea Cancellare
 Phone: 915-215-4306
 E-mail: andrea.cancellare@ttuhsc.edu

Circulation Desk:
Interlibrary Loan:

Erik Wilkinson
 Phone: 432-703-5031
 E-mail: e.wilkinson@ttuhsc.edu

Circulation Desk:
Interlibrary Loan:

For a more complete listing of library telephone numbers, consult the Library FAQ section.

Page last updated: March 3, 2013