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Nurse Anesthesia

Using the VCU Libraries Collections

As a distance education student at Virginia Commonwealth University, you have access to many library resources available through the VCU Libraries. Make sure you start at the Tompkins-McCaw Library Website to access the library's collection.  Log in with your VCU eID and password to access:


  • Databases - including CINAHL, PubMed, Cochrane Library, National Guidelines Clearinghouse, etc.
  • Journals - electronic access to materials such as Anesthesia and Analgesia, AANA Journal, Anesthesiology, etc.
  • Books - search our catalog for print and electronic books for research and clinical practice
  • Research Guides - chosen resources to find the best information quickly
  • Etc.


If you are having problems with your VCU eID and password, please contact VCU Technology Services.


To access Journal Articles:

  • Use the Get-it @ VCU button.  Please view the following video, "Get-it @ VCU" below.
  • Most of our journals are available electronically and you will be able to access them from your home or office.
  • If VCU owns an article only in-print with no internet access, you are able to request the item be copied and emailed through Interlibrary Loan.
  • If VCU does not own a journal, you can request the article be copied and sent to you electronically.  
  • For more information about this service, please view the short video titled "Interlibrary Loan" to the right.


To access Books:

  • You are able to check out VCU materials at the library or have it sent to you in the mail for free if your address is outside of the metro Richmond area.  Look up your address by zip code to see if you are able to use this service. 
  • If VCU does not own the material, you can request materials through Interlibrary Loan.
  • For more information about this service, please view the short video titled "Interlibrary Loan" below.


If you have any question about the library, please contact Talicia Tarver.

Access the Full Text of Articles: Get it @ VCU

Ever get stumped trying to get to the full text of an article?  This video shows you how to get the full text when you just can’t seem to find it.

If you need a refresher on search strategies, check out the resources on our Research Basics guide or on our How do I Find Books, Articles, and More guide.

Need to request something through interlibrary loan?  Watch our step-by-step video.


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Interlibrary Loan

VCU Libraries collects materials useful to its researchers, but no library can purchase everything.  Fortunately, the VCU Libraries participates in programs that allow us to borrow materials from other libraries, at no cost to you.  If you have found something through the VCU Libraries Search, a database, or even Google, and VCU does not have access to the full text, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.  This video will show you how to request materials, and manage your account through a system called ILLiad.  Using this service is free to all users, and materials can be sent to your home or office at no cost to you.

Read more about managing your account, including renewing and cancelling requests.

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