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Reference Assistance @ Mulford: Saving You Time and Frustration
We know that it can be challenging finding the information you need for work or course assignments in a timely manner, especially if you don't search for information regularly. At the Mulford Health Science Library, the service desk is the first place to ask for help. Some questions or requests need to be referred to the reference librarian on call. Mulford reference librarians are available to help during these times:>
|Monday-Friday||10:00 am - 4:00 pm|
Mulford Reference Assistance is designed to accommodate a variety of work schedules and styles. You can get help in a variety of ways can be contacted in a variety of ways:
In person. You may talk with a reference librarian in person during the above hours. Ask to speak with a reference librarian at the service desk on the fourth floor. No need to make an appointment, though you can make one if you want. (A reference librarian can come to your office or lab, or you can come to the library.)
By phone. Call us at 419.383.4218 any time. If you are transferred to voice mail, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and a brief message. The first available librarian will return your call. (If you call over the weekend, we'll return your call on Monday morning.)
By email. Send reference questions and requests by email anytime to MulfordReference@utoledo.edu. Expect to receive a response within two working days. Users not affiliated with The University of Toledo may be referred to their local library for more direct assistance.
By online form. University of Toledo faculty, staff, and students may send questions and requests via the online reference question form. Expect a response within two working days.
By IM or chat. Use our IM or chat reference service to reach a librarian. More information can be found on our Ask a Librarian page.
Literature Search Requests
We realize that that you may not have the time or expertise to conduct a literature search yourself, so you can ask to have a librarian to run a search for you. We run literature searches for faculty, administrators, residents, and staff members upon request. (Because The University of Toledo is an educational institution, students are encouraged to learn to search the professional literature on their own; in support of this, training sessions are available each semester - pre-scheduled, related to a particular course, or by appointment - and search assistance is available at the service desk on the fourth floor.) Users who are not affiliated with The University of Toledo will be referred to their local public library for more direct assistance or charged for the search.
Requesting a search
By online form. University of Toledo faculty, residents, and staff may send questions via the online literature search request form.
By phone. Call Reference Assistance at 419.383.4218 at any time. If you are transferred to voice mail, please leave a message with your name, phone number, and a description of the search topic.
In person. Literature search request forms are available in the Online Resources Room (fourth floor computer lab) and online [PDF] and can be submitted to the service desk.
By mail. Complete the literature search request form and mail it to Mulford Reference Assistance (Mulford Health Science Library; Mail Stop #1061; Health Science Campus, University of Toledo; 3000 Arlington Avenue; Toledo, OH 43614-2598).
By fax. Complete the literature search request form [PDF] and fax it to the Library at 419.383.6146.
By email. Send email to Reference Assistance at MulfordReference@utoledo.edu at any time.
Whichever way the request is submitted, it will be promptly forwarded to the librarian who will be doing the search, who will contact you if clarification is needed.
The turn-around time for search requests is two working days; however, you will probably receive your search results before then.
You will receive a list of references related to your topic, from which you can determine which articles you would like to see. We can help you (or your secretary or research assistant) to determine whether an article is at Mulford online or in print. If it isn't, the Library can obtain the article for you. (For more information, see the Interlibrary Services page.) Search results can be provided in either of two ways:
Online Resources Room and Other Library Computers
The Online Resources Room (ORR), the computer lab located adjacent to the service desk on the fourth floor, contains PCs that can be used to access the Libraries' catalog, databases, OhioLINK resources, and full-text books and journals. Note: Other PCs are located on the 5th floor. They offer similar functions those in the Online Resources Room. To use the computers in the library, you need to login with your UToledoAD account; visitors to the library can ask at the service desk to be logged in as a guest.
Ifyou have any questions about using any of the Library's online resources, or if there are problems with any of the equipment in the ORR, contact a library staff member.
Remote Access to Library Resources
Check our remote access page to learn about off-campus access to online library resources.
Other Library Services
Circulation Circulation (checking materials in and out of the library) is a part of the Access Services department. Most circulation activity takes place at the service desk on the fourth floor of the library. If you have questions about circulation, call 419.383.4225.
If you have questions about materials on reserve or placing materials on reserve, see Course Reserves . Interlibrary Services Interlibrary services (or ILS, interlibrary loan, or ILL) is a part of the Access Services department. ILS obtains materials not available at the Mulford Library for library users. For more information on interlibrary services, call 419.383.4225.
Community Outreach In addition to serving faculty, residents, staff, and students at the University of Toledo, we also provide services for local and regional health care providers. For more information, see our Outreach page.