Information & Research Services

Research Assistance

Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences provides personal assistance for research support and information discovery, including advice on database selection, search strategy recommendations, verification of citations, location of current and historic information in all formats and citation management suggestions. Matas Librarians will also do in-depth, systematic searches for individuals on request. The librarians gladly help in the location of full-text electronic resources and advise on best practices for utilizing The entire electronic collections of Tulane University.

Contact us at (504) 988-5155 if you have problems with full-text access from off-campus or from a hospital or clinic. 

Matas Librarians also offer information seminars customized to fit any information need. Examples of class offerings include introduction to the Matas Library for new users, effective use of electronic resources, clinical/point of care mobile technologies, citation management (EndNote), and NIH Public Access Policy compliance for biomedical researchers.

The Information Services Department is staffed by Reference Librarians from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Virtual assistance is provided as soon as possible by email or chat.

Systematic Review Service

The Tulane University Libraries Systematic Review Service is a program to support researchers in performing high quality systematic reviews. We advise and partner with research teams to conduct comprehensive searches of the literature to produce systematic reviews (SR) that are both transparent and reproducible.

To learn more, please visit our Systematic Review Service Guide at

Interlibrary Loan

Click here to access ILLiad, our Interlibrary Loan system.

Use this service to request articles, book chapters, and monographs from our nationwide network of health sciences libraries. 

Our free Interlibrary Loan service is available to clinicians, faculty, staff, students, and researchers of all Tulane Health Sciences programs on the downtown campus and Tulane National Primate Research Center. Articles are supplied in electronic format (PDF) within several business days. Books may take longer, as they are usually shipped via mail or UPS. The Tulane Business and Law Libraries provide services to their academic communities, and Howard-Tilton Memorial Library on the uptown campus provides Interlibrary Loan services for all other academic programs.

For clinical/patient care emergencies, submit your request and contact the Interlibrary Loan office at (504) 988-5156.

Books obtained through Interlibrary Loan must be returned to Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences before the due date.

Interlibrary Loan Policies

Click here to read the "Interlibrary Loan: Copyright Guidelines and Best Practices" white paper from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC).

The Matas Library complies with US Federal Copyright Law. US Federal Copyright Guidelines allow academic libraries to borrow five (5) articles published in the last five (5) years per journal title in a calendar year. In addition, only one (1) article per journal issue published in the last five (5) years can be borrowed per person per calendar year. Articles requested in excess of these Guidelines will result in copyright and/or royalty fees. 

Liaison Program

The purpose of the liaison program is to position the Matas Library as the premier information and knowledge management resource for faculty, researchers, staff and students of the Schools of Medicine, Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane National Primate Center. Through departmental faculty liaisons and library liaisons, a clear channel of communication between the academic and research components of the Health Sciences Campus and the librarians who provide information and technology resources can be established.

This 2-way communication serves to:

  • Determine the specific needs/wants of the departments through collaborative planning ensure that those needs are met and services customized
  • Promote library resources and services to educate users about our information access tools
  • Raise awareness of our computing and educational technology applications, and services
  • Help library users identify and access library and technology resources
  • Provide workshops on research tools or on topics of special interest specifically geared to the departmental faculty and research staff
  • Answer questions, resolve problems, and interpret library policy
  • Highlight the library as the "knowledge management center" for sustaining healthcare education, research and information delivery
  • Make information literacy and essential component of student learning and faculty development
  • Provide librarians as information consultants for departments

Click here to view the Matas Library Liaison list.