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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I access the library homepage?
There are two ways to gain access:
Link from Howard University's home page at http://www.howard.edu, then click on Library System and click on Health Science or directly at
How do I find the online catalog (WRLC Catalog)? This catalog represents the collections of Howard and the participating univeristies in the Washington Resource Library Consortium (WRLC).
From Howard University homepage click on Libraries, then click the ALADIN WRLC Libraries Catalog image link. From the Health Sciences Library homepage, click on WRLC Catalog.
How do I search the WRLC Catalog?
You can search WRLC Catalog by subject, title, kewords and/or author for books or other materials.
How do I search the databases?
After selecting the database, you can search by keyword, subject, title and/or author for articles. You will retrieve a citation, abstract or full text article.
Can I access the databases remotely?
Yes, you can access databases from off-campus with your last name and HU number.
What types of holdings are in the Louis Stokes Health Sciences Library collection?
User Services and Building locations
What kind of instructional or library user education services does the library offer?
The library has a variety of user education services to meet students' specific needs. We offer:
Will someone be able to show me how to research a particular topic?
A reference librarian will be available to help you. You may schedule a class or visit the library. We also develop information resource guides and pathfinders for your specific subject matter needs.
What should I do if I need articles or books that are not available either online or at the library?
If the library does not own the journal article that you need, and it is not available online, you can obtain the article through Interlibrary Loan (ILL). It will be obtained from another library or information center. ILL requests can be made online or you can fill out forms which are available both at the Reference Desk and at the Circulation Desk on the first floor.
I am a Howard University student. Why can't I have access to a study room or PBL room?
Where may I eat in the library?
Where is the public telephone located?
The public telephones are located on the first floor around the corner from the Security Guard Desk.
Where are the photocopiers located?
Where are the computers with Internet access and Word processing?