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Basic Library Tutorials

Information and guidance on basic library use, like accessing catalogs and databases, and obtaining full-text articles.


What library services and resources do I have access to as an Aultman College student?

  • The Library offers access to millions of items located in its own collections and through partnerships with Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED) and OhioLINK. This gives you direct access to books, research databases, eJournals, ebooks, and multimedia resources.
  • Research assistance via the reference desk, online guides, one-on-one consultations, and library instruction.
  • Interlibrary loan, which allows you to request materials from different libraries.


  • NEOMED refers to the Northeast Ohio Medical University, which the Library is partnered with to share resources and access to materials.
  • NEOLINK is the Library’s catalog, shared with NEOMED and other partnered hospital libraries.
  • When accessing databases, you will use NEOMED as your home institution, and Aultman as your location.

What is OhioLINK?

  • OhioLINK is a statewide consortium of university libraries that the Library belongs to. OhioLINK may also refer to the library catalog belonging to OhioLINK, which contains the collections of all the libraries that belong to the consortium.

How do I access my library account?

  • Your library account can be accessed through NEOLINK. First, visit There are several links across the top of the page. Select “My Library Account/Renew materials.”
  • Then, log in using your name (last, first) and your barcode number.
    • You may enter the barcode number in full (e.g. 20000000001111) or in a shortened version that includes “AU” and the last 5 digits of the number (e.g. AU01111).
    • This log in screen is not case sensitive, so typing “smith” instead of “Smith” will work.

How do I access library resources off-campus?

  • The Library uses a proxy server to provide you with off-campus access.
  • Getting access is as easy as entering your name (last, first) and your barcode number when prompted to log in (same process as accessing your library account).
  • When logging in to OhioLINK resources, select "Northeast Ohio Medical University" or "NEOMED" as your institution, and "Canton Aultman Hospital" as your branch.

What is the Discovery Tool?

  • The Discovery Tool is your all-in-one resource. Located on the library’s homepage, the Discovery Tool simultaneously searches NEOLINK and OhioLINK catalogs, OhioLINK databases, eJournals, and multimedia resources. It’s a great place to start when you begin the initial searching steps of the research process.

Where can I get help with APA Style?

  • See the Library’s APA Style Guide. This page contains information about language, writing style, avoiding bias, formatting, as well as links to more resources.
  • The library keeps two copies of the APA Publication Manual (6th ed.) on reserve.
  • You can also contact the Student Success Center for assistance with APA Style and writing tutoring.

How do I get assistance with research?

How do I find nursing databases and journals?

  • Visit the Nursing Research guide for information on identifying nursing journals, accessing and using nursing databases, developing PICO questions, using Medical Subject Headings, and more!
  • Visit the Evidence-Based Practice guide for information on identifying and using evidence in practice.