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Why these changes?
We evaluated a variety of data going back several years including floor counts, circulation statistics and observational studies. We found that the large majority of patrons visiting or contacting the library after service hours have ended have their needs met with these services: study space, study rooms, public computing, circulation, lost and found and poster pick up. We will still be meeting the needs of our core users during these hours, students studying individually or in groups, while allowing us to focus resources on the hours when the majority of our patrons visit the library.
How were the service hours selected?
The hours selected for Focused Customer Service Hours were determined based on when the majority of our patrons visit the library. We evaluated a variety of data going back several years including floor counts, circulation statistics and observational studies.
How were services available after hours selected?
We evaluated a variety of data going back several years. We found that the large majority of patrons visiting the library after service hours, students studying individually or in groups, have their needs met with these services: study space, study rooms, public computing, circulation, lost and found and poster pick up.
Why aren’t guest internet accounts available all the time anymore?
After our Focused Customer Service Hours we offer the services that meet the needs of our core users, students studying individually or in groups. Guest accounts are still available most of the library’s operating hours. To be issued a guest internet account, please visit us during these times: Sunday 12pm-6pm, Monday-Thursday 7:30am-8pm, Friday 7:30am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.
How can I share my thoughts on Focused Customer Service Hours?
We encourage everyone to share their thoughts on our service hours. We have comment cards at the Public Services Desk or a website contact form.

If you currently have a citation and you need the full text, there are several ways you can do this.

The first most thorough way of locating the full text is by using the library catalog. A video tutorial and/or print materials describing this are available.

Another way to find full text is by locating the journal first using the E-Journals A-Z list. Simply type the first few words of the journal title into the search box to determine electronic availability of the journal. If available, choose the link that contains the date of the article you need. You will then need to locate the issue, then the article itself.

A third way of obtaining full text works while you are working within a database itself. Nearly all health sciences databases contain a Find It! button. Click on this button to determine availability of full text of the article.  More about using Find It! links is available in this pdf handout.

If no full text of an article is available, document delivery service is available.

All materials being circulated at the Health Sciences Library have a traditional bar code. These bar codes consist of varying width black vertical bars and white spaces, with different combination of the bars and spaces representing different characters.  These bar codes are capable of storing approximately 20 digits and act as a reference number which is used by a computer to look up an associated record.

A bar code on a library book contains only an item number. When read by a scanner at checkout, the catalog finds the item record associated with the item number. The item record – not the bar code – contains the item’s descriptive information.


While conventional bar codes can store about 20 digits of information, an emerging technology call high capacity bar codes, the most commonly known are quick response codes (QR codes), are capable of handling nearly 8,000 digits. As a result, these bar codes can contain descriptive information, images, or even web site URLs.

By using a QR code reader app on a internet enabled smart phone, one can scan a QR code with the phone’s camera. Seconds later, the data will connect your phone to a web site.

QR codes are also scalable so they can be read them in various levels of magnification – limited by the resolution of the available printing and imaging techniques.  They are also quite durable since the can still be readable with up to 30% of the code to be obscured or removed by dirt, marks or damage.


Terms of use for some of the Health Science Library’s most popular image sources are included here.  For more information and links to more health sciences image sources, visit the Digital Image Collections Subject Guide.


Scientific American Medicine
Teaching Slide Library

Subscribers to Scientific American Medicine (formerly ACP Medicine) may use a Teaching Slide Library for teaching purposes; however, republication of the figures and graphics is strictly prohibited without written permission.

EBSCOhost Databases
CINAHL, EBSCOhost Medline, Health Source: Consumer Edtion, and more

Images may be printed for personal, non-commercial use; used in presentations for educational use consistent with the Copyright Act of 1976; but may not be posted on the Web or used in any other form of mass media without express written permission from the copyright holder.

Images on ClinicalKey

Users may print or download images for their personal, non-commercial use provided that all copyright and other proprietary notices are kept intact.   To use images in a poster, publication, or for any other similar use, permission must be requested through the Elsevier Rights Department.

McGraw-Hill Access Databases
AccessMedicine, AccessSurgery

Users may display, download, or print out PowerPoint slides and images associated with the site for personal and educational use only. Educational use refers to classroom teaching, lectures, presentations, rounds, and other instructional activities, the source and attribution may not be modified.


Authorized users are allowed to print individual pages or screens from the website using their web browser’s Print command or to screen capture individual images or screens for noncommercial, institution-sanctioned purposes.

NEJM Images and Videos
in Clinical Medicine

The New England Journal of Medicine is protected by copyright and may be used in accordance with copyright and other applicable laws. Content available at NEJM.org and our digital applications are intended for your personal noncommercial use. 

Digital Resource Commons

The contents of the OhioLINK Digital Resource Commons (DRC) are available for individual educational and research purposes. Any commercial use of DRC content requires permission from the content provider.

Science Direct Image Search

You may print or download Content from the Site for your own personal, non-commercial use, provided that you keep intact all copyright and other proprietary notices.


Through the Export to PowerPoint tool, you can quickly and easily export graphic images for use as slides in presentations for personal, clinical, educational, or research use.  Permission to reproduce material from UpToDate in another publication must be secured in writing.

Government Image Resources

Government image resources such as the NIH Image Bank, and NCI Visuals Online generally provide images that are in the public domain, however, watch for any copyright notices.

Events & Video Production

Yes, but those wishing to test/practice their presentation must reserve the room and AV ahead of time.  First, check room availability at http://go.osu.edu/WMCrooms.  Then, submit a request to reserve the room and schedule AV here..  On the request form, please add the new request to the existing reservation of the event it is for.

Arriving extra early before your event or stopping by at some unscheduled time may result in denial of testing/practicing.  All usage of space and AV must be scheduled ahead of time.

Hours of operation are 7:00am - 5:00pm Monday - Thursday and 7:00a - 3:00p on Friday. Services can and are provide outside of the hours of operation, but may incur a charge. Please contact the team for details at Events.VideoProduction@osumc.edu or (614) 688-9000.

These are commonly misused terms in Internet communications:

Video Conferencing - provides real-time two-way audio/video communication between two or more locations. Video Conferencing requires specialized equipment on both ends for a successful connection.

Web Conferencing - provides live audio/video communication between two or more locations to conduct meetings, training, or presentations via the Internet. In a web conference, it is common for each participant to sit at their own computer and connect to the web conference via the Internet and a phone or VOIP (which uses the Internet for real time audio communication and eliminates the need for a telephone).

Webinar - a specific type of web conference that is typically one-way (speaker to the remote audience with limited remote audience interaction). There can also be a live audience in the room with the presenter of the webinar. Polling participation may be integrated into webinars to allow for some remote audience participation.

Webcast - is essentially "broadcasting" over the internet or streaming. In webcasting, an audio and/or visual content source is distributed simultaneously to multiple viewers/listeners. This content is usually distributed live and is usually non-interactive. 

For urgent scheduling or audiovisual support needs during hours of operation (7a-5p M-Th, 7a-3p F), call (614) 688-9000.  Outside of those hours, please send an email to Events.VideoProduction@osumc.edu and the team will respond first thing the following business day.

Saving - Users are welcome to save files to our computers and other devices for the purpose of their individual meeting or event, but we cannot guarantee that they will remain saved on that device.  We cannot guarantee file maintenance due to equipment failure, reimaging, upgrades, and the high volume of users our equipment encounters.  It is always recommended to bring the files you need with you on a USB flash drive as a backup, in case a file you saved is no longer there.  

Redistributing - We will not save files from an event and redistribute them to anyone.  If a client or event attendee would like a copy of a presentation or other file from a meeting, they need to request that from the presenter of the material directly.

Deleting - Users take full responsibility for any files they put on our computers, which includes being responsible for permanently removing those files.  We ask that you do this at the end of each event.  We can provide assistance to show customers how to do this.  We purge all of our computers and devices of files (PowerPoints, word documents, videos, etc.) periodically; however, we are not responsible for deleting any files on our computers or other devices. 

*All of our computers are purchased through OSU Wexner Medical Center IT and subject to their policies and proceedures.