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Clinical Support Services Part 1: Document Delivery

In April, the library asked for the physicians’ participation in evaluating alternatives to MDConsult as the publisher, Elsevier, has discontinued the platform. While the library continues to pursue the right solution for the information needs of clinicians, it is good to know about some of the library services beyond our online eBooks and eJournals. Here is part 1 of a refresher on two of the library’s clinician support services freely available to every physician, nurse, allied health and employee at the hospital:

Document Delivery/Inter-Library Loan

The Health Sciences Library belongs to the National Network of Medical Librariesin order to borrow items not owned by the library. Because it is not feasible for libraries to collect everything, they have developed online systems to borrow items and articles from each other. Under Section 108 of the Copyright Act, libraries are allowed to copy and send copyrighted materials as long as the aggregated quantity of copied materials do not substitute for a subscription or purchased work. Articles and books can be ordered from the library in several ways:

  • By searching an Ovid database and clicking on the link to ‘Document Delivery’
  • By filling out the ‘Order an Article or Book’ form on the library’s website
  • By phoning, emailing or faxing your request to the library (see contact information at the end)

Fast Fact: In 2013, the library completed 2081 document delivery requests for medical/hospital staff. Additionally, over 17,000 full text journal articles are accessed by medical/hospital staff via the library’s electronic journal subscriptions. 2013DocDelStats

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