Frequently Asked Questions

About the Libraries

Getting Help

Reserve and EReserve

Finding articles

Finding and checking out books

eBooks

Other Library Services

About the Libraries

What are the locations and hours of the libraries?

You can find this information by following the Locations and Hours link at the top of any page on our website.

 

Who may use the libraries?

Eligible borrowers include current students, faculty, and staff of Touro College with a valid barcoded Touro ID or library card.

Alumni may also use all database resources in the library, and selected resources available via the Alumni Portal. More information is available in our Policies document.

 

How do I get a Touro ID?

Please consult the site director of your campus for more information.

 

How are late fees calculated?

There is a charge of $0.10 per day, per item for overdue circulating items. The maximum total late fee for each circulating item is a nonrefundable fee of $20. Late fees for reserve items accrue at a rate of $1 per hour. More information is available in our Policies document.

 

How many items are in the Libraries' collections?

Touro College Libraries has a collection of approximately 551,000 items. 

We have over 120 databases on a variety of academic subjects.  

We have a growing collection of over 250,000 eBooks spanning all academic areas; you can browse them on our eBooks page, or search them in the library catalog. You can access the e-book collection from off-campus with your library username and password.

 

Where else can the Touro Libraries be found online?

Aside from the library website, we invite you to connect with us via Facebook or Twitter, and to stay up-to-date with the TC Library Blog.

 

What is your donation policy?

The policy is available here.

 

Getting Help

How can I learn to use the library?

Get started using the library with the Student Guide handout overview, or visit the Services for Students LibGuide for more detailed information and instructions.

We also offer a self-paced, self-enrollment, non-credit Blackboard course entitled, Research Skills 101 available to all Touro affiliated students, staff and faculty. 

Individual instruction and Library Orientations for class groups are offered by the Libraries. View detailed offerings on our Library Instruction page. 

 

How can I get research assistance?

Visit in person at any of our the libraries.

Instant message the reference desk via chat, or email a librarian (expect an answer within 24-48 hours).

Speak with a librarian by phone.

Consult LibGuides, online subject guides availble 24/7 that provide you with a single point of access to the best library resources.

 

What is the username and password for accessing password-protected materials from off-campus?

Go to this page and select your Touro division for more information.

 

Who do I contact if I am having technical trouble with the Touro databases offsite?

Use our Technical Support form or email systems.library@touro.edu

 

Where can I get help with citation styles?

View our guide to Academic Integrity & Creating Citations for help with citing sources in a variety of styles. 

 

How do I locate NoodleTools (a bibliographic citation generator) and how do I use it?

It is listed on the Databases page, or available from www.noodletools.com when accessed from a campus computer or with an active account.

For step-by-step instructions, see the NoodleTools tutorial

 

Reserve and EReserve

What are reserves and e-reserves?

Reserve items are materials set aside by professors for students' use. Reserve items are kept on the reserve shelves and can be used in the library for 3 hours at a time.

Electronic reserves (EReserves) are available via our homepage using the EReserves link. If your instructor has an EReserves account, select his or her name, department, or course name to access the items on reserve. You need a library user name and password to access articles on e-reserve from off campus.

 

Finding articles

How do I find articles?

Use the QuickSearch box from the Library Home Page. Type in your search and limit your results to scholarly journal, newspaper or magazine articles.

Or, choose the Databases icon to browse discipline-specific article databases by subject.

Remember that you need a library username and password to access the full text of these articles from off campus.

 

Why do some articles only list the citation and abstract, not the full-text?

Some databases include only the citation and abstract for articles, some include full-text for every articles, while others have both. Although finding a great title but then not being able to view the rest of the article immediately is frustrating, databases include those citations so that researchers can be aware of all of the literature that exists on their topic. You can always request access to any article for free. First check article linker (see below) to see if the full-text is in a different database, but if not you can request a copy with Interlibrary Loan.

 

I found an article in a database. How do I get the full-text?

If you see a pdf or html, icon, click on it to view the full-text. If that option is not availabe, we may still offer access to the full article in a different database. Click on the Article Linker button  to check. For further help, watch the following short video

If still not found, you can request materials using the Interlibrary Loan Form

 

I have the title of an article I need to read. How can I access it?

The easiest way to locate a known article is by using QuickSearch. Search for the article by title. For best result put the exact title in quotation marks. If needed, you can further specify your search using the advanced search option to add author, year, or other information. 

 

How do I use Google Scholar?

A subset of Google, Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for academic articles. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources, and find articles, theses, book chapters, abstracts and even court opinions. 

Since the library is already linked to Google Scholar, if you are on campus, you can easily access many of the results in full-text for free. 

If you are off campus, however, you will have to set the preferences of Google Scholar on your computer to “Touro College Libraries” first. Here are the steps to set up Google Scholar. 

Go to Scholar Preferences and type Touro Libraries in the search box. Hit the Find Library button. Check the following boxes and save Preferences.

 

Finding and checking out books

How do I locate a book using the catalog?

Click on the Catalog (Books & More) icon. Enter your information and click Go.

The icon, "Modify/Limit search" allows patrons to limit their search to a specific library location or to only eBooks.

 

How are the books arranged?

See Call Numbers.

 

How many books can I borrow from the library and for how long?

Check out up to 10 books at a time for a loan period of 2 weeks. Items may continue to be renewed unless another borrower has requested them.

If the book is recalled by the library, it should be returned immediately. The fines for the overdue recalled book will be $1 per day.

Professors may have the book checked out for up to one semester. However, when late, they must also pay the fines.

 

What if my library does not have the book that I need?

If the book is available at a different Touro campus, you can request that it be sent to your home library. Learn how with this brief video

If Touro does not own the book, you may request it through the Interlibrary Loan Service.

 

How do I renew my books?

On the Library home page, under Services: Renew Books

Or, over the phone, in person at your library, or via chat.

 

eBooks

Do you offer eBooks?

We have a growing collection of over 350,000 eBooks spanning all academic areas; you can browse them on our eBooks page, or search them in the library catalog. You need to have a username and password to access the eBooks collection from off-campus.

 

How can I read eBooks?

​You can view the full-text of all eBooks online, or you can download eBooks to your computer or digital device, such as a tablet, e-reader, or phone. 

 

Other Library Services

Can I borrow a dictionary for my exam?

Dictionaries may be used in the library, but as reference books, they do not circulate.

 

Do you have a collection of DVDs and videos?

Yes, for faculty loan. Students can check out many, though not all, DVDs/videos in their respective libraries for four days. We also have a large collection of online streaming videos for faculty and students. 

 

Do you have iPads for circulation?

Yes, we currently loan iPads at the Midtown, Bay Shore and Midwood Libraries.  Please consult our iPad policy for further information.

 

Do you have copy machines?

Most of our libraries do have copy machines. We suggest, however, that you call your site to make sure we have copy machines available for you. Copies generally cost 10¢ per page.

 

Can I print from the library computers?

Yes, you can. Touro College uses PaperCut, a print management software, to enable printing in our Libraries and Computer Labs. The college provides a $15 credit each semester, amounting to 150 pages of printing.  When this preloaded amount is depleted, additional money can be added from your personal funds.

The policy currently states that students must add their own funds.  No credits are given.