Study Room Reservations
Reserve a study room in the Health Sciences Library.
The Access Services staff can assist you in finding books or journals at the Health Sciences Library. To check out materials, you must present your WVU ID Card. For more information, please visit the WVU Libraries borrowing services page.
Loan periods for all borrowers are:
- Books - 1 semester
- DVDs and VHS Tapes - 1 weeks
- Unbound Journals - in library use only
- Bound Journals - 3 days
- Reserve materials - 2 hours in the library only
To renew items online, log in to your account in the Library Catalog with your WVU ID number and your last name.
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) allows you to borrow materials WVU Libraries does not own from other libraries for free. Currently enrolled WVU students and WVU faculty and staff in good standing with the WVU Libraries are eligible for Interlibrary Loan services by logging on with their WVU Login. For more information on Interlibrary Loan and ILLiad, please see the ILL Frequently Asked Questions.
In-House Document Delivery
Articles that the Health Sciences Library has in print format may be requested via ILLiad for an electronic copy. WVU faculty and staff may request articles from print journals held in any WVU library.
Students on Rural Health Education Rotation can receive journal articles from the WVU Health Sciences Library while on field assignment through ILLiad free of charge. After logging in with your WVU Login, choose "Rural Rotation" under Status and "Health Sciences Library" as the ILL Processing Unit on the registration form. Please remember to edit/change back your status in ILLiad upon completion of your field assignment.
Please do not choose the status "Rural Rotation" unless you are currently out on clinical rotation. Rural Rotation students are those students in the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy who are out on clinical rotations at various West Virginia Rural Health Education Partnerships sites throughout the state.
Loansome Doc is the ordering feature of the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database. It allows users unaffiliated with WVU to order copies of journal articles online. More information is available on the Loansome Doc page.
WVU Hospital & UHA Staff
Employees of WVU Hospitals and University Health Associates have access to all of the resources of WVU Libraries. Please contact the Health Sciences Library Access Services Desk at (304) 293-1933 with any questions about access.
- On Campus - all eJournals, databases and electronic resources are accessible within the Hospital or UHA buildings without having to log in.
- Off Campus & ILL - requires a WVU Login. If you do not have a WVU Login, contact Anna Crawford at (304) 293-2115 to set up an account.
- Books - Hospital and UHA employees with a WVU ID card (not hospital) can use it to check out books and print journals. Employees without a WVU ID card can apply for a library card at the Access Services desk. Borrowing periods and limits are the same for Hospital/UHA employees as WVU faculty and staff.
All computers in the Health Sciences Library are administered by the HSC ITS Learning Center. The lab features:
- 55 computer workstations
- 8 computer equipped study rooms
- Study tables and carrels with laptop compatible power and data ports
- Two, 25 seat computer classrooms that can be opened into one 50 seat classroom
- Wireless internet is available throughout the library. For assistance with connecting your laptop or wireless device to the network, please contact the ITS Service Desk.
All computers have Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat and Photoshop, and a variety of health sciences software. For a current list of available software, contact the Learning Center desk at (304) 293-3631 extension 5.
- BizHub printer/copier/scanners print in B&W and color and are available in the center of the computer area and in the copier room.
- B&W printouts cost 6 cents/page and color printouts cost 25 cents/page.
Printouts must be purchased with Mountie Bounty on your WVU ID card. To add money to your WVU ID card, visit the Deposit Mounty Bounty Online page.
The Health Sciences Library has research services librarians available to assist you with your research needs. Librarians are available at the Research Services Desk:
- Monday-Friday, 9AM-6PM
- Sunday, 2PM-6PM
For instant research assistance, use the chat feature on the Ask A Librarian page or text a librarian at (304) 220-0919.
For help using PubMed, you may also consult our guide on PubMed/MEDLINE Basics (pdf).
We also offer individual appointments for in-depth consultations. To schedule an appointment contact the Research Services Desk at (304) 293-6810 or email us at HSLinfo@mail.wvu.edu.
Classes and Instruction
Course Specific Instruction and Tours
Health Sciences Research Services Librarians provide in-class and online instruction for formulating a search strategy, finding information, using library resources, evaluating sources and using information ethically. We can schedule sessions in your normal classroom or in a Learning Center computer classroom. We also give tours of the Health Sciences Library upon request. If you would like to schedule a library instruction session or tour for your class, please contact Virginia Desouky.
ULIB 101, Intro to Library Research
This 1-credit class focuses on the concepts and logic of information access and fosters information independence and critical thinking. Upon completion of this course, you should be able to make the decisions and choices necessary to efficiently do literature searches for future term papers, reports, and theses. There is a section for Health Sciences students each semester emphasizing health sciences resources. For more information, please see the ULIB 101 page.
The Health Sciences Library offers workshops on a variety of topics. To attend a workshop, please contact Virginia Desouky.
PubMed is a free search service of the US National Library of Medicine that provides free access to MEDLINE, the NLM database of indexed citations and abstracts to articles in over 4600 medical, nursing, dental, veterinary, health care, and preclinical sciences journals. Discover how PubMed can be used as an effective tool for the research process. Topics include basic searching, searching using the MeSH (Medical Subject Heading) database, creating a personal account using MyNCBI, and locating full text articles. No previous experience with searching PubMed is necessary.
- Tuesday, September 6, 2016 from 11:00-12:00 in LC2
- Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 in LC2
- Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 in LC2
- Wednesday, December 7, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 in LC2
RefWorks is a tool for creating and storing a personal database of research, managing RSS alerts, sharing research with colleagues, and creating bibliographies in multiple formats. Learn how to create a personal database online and store an unlimited number of records accessible from any computer linked to the Internet. No downloading software or installation required. Learn how to import references automatically from multiple databases, organize and manage references, and share references to easily collaborate with members of your own institution or with other researchers, faculty members, and students.
- Thursday, September 15, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 in LC2
- Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from 11:00-12:00 in LC2
Mendeley is a free citation management program that helps you organize your citations, format bibliographies in MS Word, connect with other researchers in your field, discover trending articles in your area of interest, and collaborate with research teams. With both a desktop client and a web application, it's easy to access your research from anywhere in the world.
- Wednesday, October 12, 2016 from 12:30-1:30 in LC2
- Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 in LC2
EndNote is a software program that allows you to store and manage your references and images. Learn how to build a personal reference library and format your references in whatever style you choose -- APA, Vancouver, Chicago Manual of Style, etc. Use Cite While You Write, a word processing software, to allow you to insert citations directly into your paper, building your bibliography as you insert your citations. Learn how to export references from online databases directly to your EndNote library and how to attach files to references. This is an introductory level class, and no prior knowledge of EndNote is needed.
- Available on request
EndNote Online (formerly EndNote Web) is a companion web version of the desktop EndNote, provided as part of the Web of Science database. It is used to collect and organize references as well as cite them while writing a paper. It can also be a powerful collaboration tool. Learn how to quickly and easily collect reference information from a wide variety of online databases via direct export, online search, or importing as text files. Use Cite While You Write to insert references and format citations and bibliographies. This is an introductory level class, and no prior knowledge of EndNote Online is needed.
- Available on request