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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 of the journal article, there are several ways you can do this. 

If you need help beginning your search or how to search for a specific topic, please visit our Evidence-Based Practice guide


We recommend you begin your search for full text journal articles within a database: Ex: PubMed, CINAHL, etc.

Nearly all health sciences databases contain a “Find It! @OSU” button. Clicking on this button will route you directly to where the full text pdf is located if we have access to it. 

  1. Go to hsl.osu.edu to access top health sciences databases. It is recommended you bookmark or accesss databases from the links provided on our website to ensure the Find It! @OSU icon appears.
  2. Begin your search in a database by typing in a known journal article title, DOI, or PMID. You will get a list of results based on what you searched. This is where you will look for the article title that best matches your terms.
  3. Once you have found the matching journal article, generally you are able to select the hyperlinked journal article title to get to the abstract page where the “Find It! @ OSU” icon is located.
  4. Click on this icon to get directed to the full text journal article pdf. 

More about using Find It! links in databases is available in this pdf handout.

You can also search for a journal articles in full text with a full citation: Citation Finder

This method allows you to use components of your citation such as Journal Title, DOI or PMID to find the article you are looking for. Again, simply type that information into its corresponding search box. If access to the full text is available, once you select “Find It” your page will be directed to where the full text article is located.

Need help locating that information within a citation? Please refer to this page.

Another alternative is to search on Google Scholar for available full text journal article titles: Google Scholar

This method of searching for an available full text of a journal article is done very similarly to using Google itself. Simply type in any known information from your journal citation and select the result that best matches your citation information. For help including library links in your Google Scholar results, please see these instructions.


What to do when the full text journal article is not available? Use Interlibrary Services.

Interlibrary services provides assistance with interlibrary loans and document delivery of journal articles, books, book chapters and more that are not in our library catalog. If you need a journal article but you do not have access to the full text,  please complete an interlibrary loan request to obtain a PDF. For more information on their services and how to place a request, please visit Interlibrary Services.  


If you would like to search more broadly for available journal titles in the library catalog: Please visit our Online Journals and eBooks List

Simply type the first few words of the journal title into the search box to determine the 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. 

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.