Library staff is happy to provide resources to facilitate lifelong learning, evidence-informed patient care and successful practice.
If you are a recent graduate of Life Chiropractic College West, please use the Alumni tab to view discounted services.
Copy Service is provided as long as requests are within these guidelines:
Interlibrary Loan Service provides materials ordered from other libraries.
Copyright Compliance implies that copies should not substitute for needed journal subscriptions or book purchases. Chiropractors do well to support authors and publishers who produce and distribute relevant material on chiropractic care.
Costs for copies and interlibrary loans are explained in Fees for Service tab.
These databases can link directly to available full text of journal articles.
Learn more at Find Full Text tab.
Links to full text from these databases are convenient but not 100% foolproof.
Searching for a title in Journals List is certain.
Please review the tabs for easiest methods to use within each database.
Submit accurate citations copied from research databases whenever possible, using the most concise but complete format.
Sending only the DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) is acceptable, if that is all you have, but it can be problematic.
Copy & Paste the complete citation into an email message to email@example.com.
PubMed has a shortcut feature. Please see the PubMed tab.
See the Email tab for tips on including essential information.
Please copy the citation exactly as it appears. Librarians will attempt to verify any incorrect or incomplete citations.
Scroll down to the tutorials, or request a demonstration at the reference desk to clarify these instructions.
TIP: Even if you prefer to send your request directly from PubMed to firstname.lastname@example.org, you can still save a list of which requests you already submitted for interlibrary loan by saving the selected citations to a custom MyNCBI Collection named ILL requests. A free personal MyNCBI account is needed to use Collections feature.
Request a demonstration at the reference desk to clarify these instructions.
Life West library owns 99% of journal articles in the Index to Chiropractic Literature.
It is rare that you will need to request an interlibrary loan.
But...just in case the link to an online article fails, or you cannot find an older issue on the shelf...
Reminder: Only faculty, students and staff can request a book from another library. It must be somehow relevant to Life West's mission.
Online booksellers and publisher websites will have accurate title, author, edition and ISBN number. All of these elements help identify the book you need.
Email feature at OCLC WorldCat database will generate and send a citation
We primarily accept requests that relate to the mission of the college. For strictly personal needs, please contact your local public library or talk to us about fee for service.
Any journal articles or book chapters copied at Life West library, or received through interlibrary loan, are for your personal use only. Copies should not be further redistributed without permission of the copyright holder.
Turnaround time for copies is usually 2-5 days.
We deliver copies by PDF via email; by OCLC Article Exchange when publisher's license requires secure transmission; and by mail when license explicitly prohibits file sharing.
A nationwide community of libraries participates in interlibrary loan, mostly for lending books.
Most libraries do not share audiovisual materials; however Life West will place the request.
Turnaround time for returnable loans is usually 2-4 weeks.
Circulation desk staff will refer your call.
Help with research:
ext. 2730 Reference desk
Staff acknowledges your request within 24 hours.
- reference requests
- interlibrary loan requests
- general questions or comments
Reference service is available weekdays 8:30 am - 5:00 pm, when class is in session.
Librarians travel around the library, and may not stay seated at the reference desk.
If you need assistance, with research or library assignments, please ask staff at the circulation desk to locate the librarian.
Life West Library is committed to preserving the history and evolution of chiropractic represented in print journals that may never be digitized. We will scan and send articles in PDF format.