Frequently Asked Questions

Availability of Library Resources from Off-Campus

All current students, faculty and employees can access the same Library resources off campus that are available on campus by logging into the my.ico.edu portal. When prompted, enter a user ID and password, accessible via the Library website, after logging in.

VisionCite

VisionCite is a proprietary database of optometric, ophthalmic and vision-science related journal article citations from 1984 to the present; approximately 12,000 citations are added each year. It was developed and is maintained by the ICO Library and is intended to be used in conjunction with PubMed. Both print and online journal articles that are indexed in VisionCite are available through ICO Library licensed content.  Subscriptions to VisionCite are available to ICO alumni as well as to outside organizations. Click here for subscription information.

Locating Online Journal Articles Using the ICO Library Website

Online access to journal articles is available from the many robust databases and online journals to which the ICO Library subscribes. These are available by using the search boxes on the Library's homepage and catalog, as well as by searching VisionCite and PubMed. Contact the ICO Library by e-mail, telephone or in person if having trouble locating articles. We’ll do our best to assist, or to request the article using our document delivery service (inter-library loan) if it’s not a current journal subscription.

What is the Get it ICO button?

The “Get it @ ICO” button indicates that the ICO Library has full-text access to the journal and its articles. This button enables users to more quickly and easily locate full-text articles by electronically linking to the digital journals purchased by the ICO Library.

I clicked on the Get it ICO button, but don't see a link for Full-Text

If the ICO Library does not have a license/subscription to the content you need, the first option is to search for it again in the Library catalog. The Library may have a print subscription to the journal you want, but not have online access to it. In this case, you can usually locate the particular issue you’re searching for in our bound journal collection, located on the first floor.

The second option is to request the article from our Document Delivery Service by clicking that button on the SFX menu. (You’ll know that the ICO Library does not subscribe to the journal at all if this option appears.) Clicking the Document Delivery Service button will take you to a form where you can ask Library staff to request the article for you from another Library. Article delivery usually takes 1-10 business days.

I clicked the Get it ICO button and got the full-Text option, But need an issue outside the date range listed

If the ICO Library does not have a license/subscription to the content you need, the first option is to search for it again in the Library catalog. The Library may have a print subscription to the journal you want, but not have online access to it. In this case, you can usually locate the particular issue you’re searching for in our bound journal collection, located on the first floor.

The second option is to request the article from our Document Delivery Service by clicking that button on the SFX menu. (You’ll know that the ICO Library does not subscribe to the journal at all if this option appears.) Clicking the Document Delivery Service button will take you to a form where you can ask Library staff to request the article for you from another Library. Article delivery usually takes 1-10 business days.

What Is a Peer-Reviewed or Refereed Journal?

The terms "peer-reviewed" and "refereed" indicate how a journal accepts articles for publication. Articles submitted to a journal are vetted by a panel of reviewers without information that identifies the author(s). The article's worth is judged based upon its actual content rather than the author(s); journals that employ this method are generally more highly regarded. If asked to cite a "scholarly" journal, use peer-reviewed or refereed publications for best results.