Library Services for Distance Education Students

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 can be self-service created here.

By signing and submitting the library card 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 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.

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.

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-RNprovides 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, EBSCOhost eBooks, JAMAevidence, ProQuest eBook Central, Psychiatry Online, STAT!Ref, and Tests in Print. Students may use the alphabetical title list for access to ebooks.


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 and Reference Center. 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

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 MyLibraryELP@ttuhsc.edufor 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 and manuscripts 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.

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

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)


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.

Professional reference librarians are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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 Reference questions emailed to are instantly submitted to multiple reference librarians. The first available librarian will fill your request.

  • 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 (Interlibrary 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 department is staffed Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. 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.
  • 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)
    • Rush requests: $.50/page (maximum fee: $10)
  • Audiovisuals: $2/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 for HSC distance education students: $4/item
    • Rush delivery: $10/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 HSC Library privileges or 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 Us

Lisa A. Beinhoff
Phone: 915-215-4310

MEB Circulation Desk:

MEB Interlibrary Loan:

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 and Tutorials