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Emergency Medicine: Help

UToledo Emergency Medicine resources for medical students, residents and clinicians

Mulford Library

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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 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

To best meet your needs, the Mulford Health Science Library provides many ways for you to get help from a librarian:

In Person. Stop at the service desk on the fourth floor and ask to speak with the reference librarian on call. We're available Monday-Friday, 11 am-4 pm.
Phone. 419.383.4218
Fax. 419.383.6146
Online. Online forms include reference question form, literature search request form, article request form, and online book request form.
By Appointment. Complete the online appointment request form or call 419.383.4218 to make an appointment with a librarian.
IM. Interact online in real time with a Mulford Reference Librarian. Hours are Monday-Friday, 11 am - 4 pm. Our screen names for popular IM services:


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 UTAD account; visitors to the library can ask at the service desk to be logged in as a guest.

If you 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.

Literature Searches

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.
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 and fax it to the Library at 419.383.6146.
By email. Send email to Reference Assistance at 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.

Turn-around time

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 associates) 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:
Printed. If search results are printed out, there is a limit of 25 citations with abstracts or 75 citations without abstracts.
Emailed. All search results, with or without abstracts, can be emailed.

Other Services

Remote Access to Library Resources

Check our remote access page to learn about off-campus access to online library resources.

Other Library Services

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.

Chat with a Librarian: Health Science Campus

To chat with a librarian at the Mulford Library, see the Ask a Health Science Librarian page.