The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collects materials in support of teaching and research in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Degrees offered include the B.S., M.S., Ph.D., and an integrated fifth year B.S./M.S. program. The undergraduate program is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). Undergraduates in the program complete an individual research project and a team-design project. The department has about ten full time faculty members, thirty graduate students, and 150 undergraduate students. Areas of emphasis within the department include biomechanics, biomaterials, biotransport, bioelectronics, bioelectricity, and tissue engineering. Research focuses on the biomechanics of bone, soft tissue, joints, eyes, lungs, and the brain; brain physics and cardiac electrophysiology; surgical implant & dental materials; and cell & tissue engineering.
Subject Resource Guide
The collection emphasizes biomedical engineering in general as well as areas of emphasis within the department including biomechanics, biomaterials, biotransport, bioelectronics, bioelectricity, and tissue engineering. The Howard-Tilton collection is complemented by the collection at Tulane's Rudolph Matas Health Sciences Library; the libraries do not normally duplicate materials.
The library collects monographs, monographic series, reference books, and journals, with the main focus being the journal collection. Upper level textbooks are purchased selectively. Textbooks used in current courses are not acquired. Symposium and colloquium proceedings are bought only on request, except for those that come via society subscription. The library does not generally collect patents, technical reports and theses or dissertations by authors other than Tulane students. Videorecordings may be purchased upon request of faculty members. Selected engineering standards are collected.
To broaden accessibility, journals are sought online when this format is available. Print may be cancelled to reduce costs when ownership of the online version is assured and the image quality is adequate. Online access that requires additional costs with a print subscription will be sought selectively within the amount budgeted for biomedical engineering journals. Monographs and other types are generally purchased as printed text. E-books are considered, especially when that format would improve access or utility. Most scientific abstracting and indexing sources are available as databases searchable online. The library rarely maintains a subscription to both the print and the online version of an index.
English is the preferred language of publication, but some foreign language materials are collected at the request of the faculty.
Emphasis is on current research. Historical material in this area is considered if requested by the faculty.
Preference is given to items published within the last two or three years. Items with older imprint dates are considered upon request. Out-of-print materials are sought selectively, mostly to replace important older works damaged or missing from the collection.
No specific areas are excluded.
The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library borrows a wide range of materials for our users through memberships in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL). A reciprocal agreement called TU/LU allows undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty to borrow materials directly from the main library nearby at Loyola University of New Orleans. The LALINC consortium allows graduate students and faculty to borrow materials at other New Orleans area academic libraries and at other academic libraries throughout the state. Inquire at the library's Circulation Desk for more information about cooperative borrowing privileges.
Books in support of the Biomedical Engineering program are generally acquired at a discount through our vendor, which also delivers books based on an approval plan profile.
The Harrod Fund is available to purchase materials in any area of engineering.