CMCC Health Sciences Library Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Hours
  2. Wireless Internet Access
  3. Printing and Photocopying
  4. Loan Periods
  5. Fines
  6. External Drop Box
  7. Telephone Renewals
  8. Study Rooms
  9. Multimedial Resources
  10. Searching for Books
  11. Searching for Articles
  12. Finding Full Text Articles
  13. Getting Help with Research

1. How can I find out what hours the library is open?

Library hours are posted on the wall outside the library. at the circulation desk, and on the CMCC Library website.

2. If I bring my laptop to the library, can I connect to the Internet?

CMCC’s Information Technology (IT) Division provides wireless access to students. To configure your computer, visit the IT office on the third floor or email, or go to

3. Printing and Photocopying

All students, faculty and staff may print and photocopy library materials as long as they observe copyright regulations. There are two Sharp multifunction printers in the library for copying, scanning, and releasing print jobs. Student ID cards are also print cards, and they may be loaded using the cash pay terminal in the library's print room. Students may use credit cards to load their copy/print accounts online at

4. What are the borrowing periods for books and other library materials?

Circulating books may be borrowed for two weeks. Reserve book loans are overnight or in-house only. Multimedia resources loans are overnight, in-house or for three days. Print journals may not be borrowed. See this page for details.

5. If I return library materials late, how much will it cost me?

50 cents per day for two week circulating books, $5.00 a day for books on reserve (behind the circulation desk). See this page for more details.

6. Is there a place I can drop off borrowed items when the library is closed?

Yes. There is an external drop box at the entrance to the building.

7. If I can't get to the library, may I renew books over the phone?

Yes. As long as there are no holds on items, renewals may be made over the telephone by calling 416 482 2340 x 158. Please have the books and your library card with you when you phone.

8. How do I book a library study room or the library computer lab?

Faculty, staff or authorized peer tutors may book the study rooms or the computer lab for group teaching or training. Booking is done through the library staff. For students, use of these rooms is on a first-come, first-served basis.

9. Who do I contact to find out about using multimedia resources and equipment?

The Media Services Department is located on the third floor and is under the jurisdiction of the library. It is staffed by two Media Services Technicians. Telephone 416 482 2340, extension 161 or 137.

10. I'm looking for books on a specific topic. Where do I start?

All books, print journals and multimedia resources are catalogued in our Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC). On the library home page, select the Online Catalogue from the links provided or click on the Catalogue Only option in our Discovery search bar to retrieve only catalogued items.

Search tips: Choose the Power Search when searching the OPAC . When searching for names, use Power Search and select the Words field.

11. I need to search for journal articles on chiropractic topics. Where do I start?

Sign in to MyCMCC and click on the Library icon to get to the library home page. For quick access to the peer-reviewed chiropractic literature, click on the Index to Chiropractic Literature (ICL) icon on the library home page. ICL is free at

ICL Search tips: Enter phrases in "quotation marks"; read the search tips on the ICL home page. View the ICL tutorials on the Research Help page.

12. I need to search for journal articles on a variety of topics.

Sign in to MyCMCC and click on the Library icon to get to the library home page.Click on the Research Databases icon to access the electronic resources to which we subscribe. Click on the Research Resources page to access high quality, free medical and health resources.

For quick access to the clinical literature, try CMCC’s PubMed, available through the Research Databases icon. (Our electronic holdings are included in this PubMed.)  

PubMed search tips: Set up a My NCBI account to save your work. View the PubMed tutorials on the Research Help page.

Our suite of databases from EBSCO Publishing will help you find much of the literature you need. Click on the Research Databases icon, then click on EBSCOhost Web.  

EBSCO search tips: Read the notes included under the databases to discover each database's coverage and scope. Set up a MY EBSCO account to save your searches and articles. View the EBSCO tutorials on on the Research Help page.

12. How do I locate the full text for the articles I find in my search?

PRINT: Click on the Online Catalogue link on the library home page. This will take you to our Online Public Access Catalogue (OPAC) . To see if we subscribe to a journal in print, Search the catalogue by journal title; choose Power Search, then Title field.
Locate current issues on the current periodical shelves; back volumes are shelved alphabetically by journal title in the library stacks.

Document Delivery: To obtain materials from other libraries, try our Document Delivery service. (Charges may apply.)

ONLINE: For quick access to electronic journals, click on the E-Journals A-Z Discovery tab on the library home page.

For off-campus access to electronic databases and journals, use any of the links provided on the Library home page or E-Resources Portal page and apply your regular network/KIRO log on for off campus access.

Links to our information resources have also been reproduced in KIRO. Log in to KIRO and use the EBSCO Discovery and E-Resources links provided. Apply your regular network/KIRO log on for off campus authentication

Search tip: If you can't find an article through E-Journals A-Z or the OPAC, go to Google Scholar and search for the article title (in “quotation marks”).

13. Is there someone in the library who can help me become a better researcher?

Reference and Information Services provides user training on bibliographic databases and other online resources. Available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, we offer in-depth tutorials to groups in the Computer Lab. To book an appointment, drop into the CMCC Library and speak to the Reference Librarian, or phone him at 416 482 2340 x 205, or e-mail kmurnaghan[at] or librarian[at]

Click on the Research Help icon on the library home page and view the tutorials and other Internet resources helpful to researchers.