Getting Started at the LRC
Welcome to the James A. Zimble Learning Resource Center (LRC) at USUHS!
The James A. Zimble Learning Resource Center (LRC) is your gateway to information at USUHS. All students, faculty, and staff affiliated with the university can use the full spectrum of the LRC's resources.
Registering for Library Services
In order to get started you will need to register for library services by bringing your valid USUHS ID card (or your current letter of appointment) to the circulation desk. Your USUHS ID card serves as your library card which enables you to check out materials and register for Electronic Resources (USU ER).
Collections and Resources
The LRC's collection consists of a wide wide variety of materials: books and journals (print and electronic), government publications, USU dissertations and theses, newspapers, and historical materials. In addition, the LRC has Windows and Mac workstations available for your use along with a computer support staff to help you with your computer needs.
Reference help is available from 7:00 to 17:00 Monday through Friday. Please feel free to contact us in person, by E-mail or phone 301-295-3357.
Access to our Collections and Resources
- LRC Website
The LRC Website lists contact information, hours of operation, links to our on-line catalog, links to Electronic Resources, training workshops, and much, much more! Please bookmark this page and use it as a springboard for our services.
- LRC Online Catalog
The LRC's online catalog is available through the internet and is the first step in determining what we own. It includes both print and electronic resources, books, journals, and internet resources. You can search the catalog by title, subject, author, keyword, or call number.
- Electronic Resources (USU ER)
USU Electronic Resources (USU ER) provides global access to full-text journals, books, databases and other electronic resources. USU ER is available to all USUHS affiliates. In order to use this service, you will need to Register for a USU ER Account. Once you have registered, you will receive a user name and password in approximately 48 hours. If you have further questions about USU ER, please contact the AMI staff. USU alumni retain their access to our ER resources until they separate from active duty.
Finding Journals in the LRC
When trying to determine if the LRC subscribes to a particular journal, you must first check the online catalog. The LRC catalog lists the titles of ALL the journals that we subscribe to --- both in electronic and print. The "Journals" link on the USU ER menu only lists electronic subscriptions and does not include a listing of our print journals.
- For more information, view the handout, How to Read the Catalog Record for a Journal Title as a handy reference tool on reading the catalog record.
If the LRC does not own a book or journal article that you need, you can request the item (at no charge) by completing a Material Request Form (Requires ER login & password). Materials are requested either from another library (on Interlibrary Loan) or are purchased directly from the publisher.
- Requests for books will be sent to another library. Upon arrival, the book(s) are for the exclusive use of the individual borrower who is responsible for them until they are returned to the LRC.Journal articles will be either supplied by another library or purchased directly from the publisher. The LRC staff will determine which method is the most expedient. Most journal articles and book sections are delivered to you as an attached PDF file in your E-mail. In some cases (due to publisher restrictions) journal articles will be printed and must be picked up at the LRC circulation desk.
You can also set-up a Loansome Doc account in PubMed to order articles through interlibrary loan. For more information on how to set-up a Loansome Doc account and order documents, view the online tutorial, Loansome Doc.
If you would like to recommend the purchase of an item to be permanently included in our LRC collection and made available for use by all USUHS patrons, please complete a Purchase Recommendation Form (Requires ER login & password). Purchase items may include, but are not limited to: books, journals, audiovisuals, and computer applications and databases.
We have many online resources available for specific disciplines. Choose from the following list of research topics to help you get started:
- Animal Research Alternatives
- Bioethics & Medical Ethics Research
- Drug Information
- Evidence-Based Medicine
- Medical Research
- Nursing Research
- Patient Safety
- Psychology Resources
- Public Health
For further information, contact the Reference Librarian. Last Updated:3/26/07