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Frequently Asked Questions

Availability of library resources from off-campus:

Students, faculty, and employees have full off-campus access to Library resources. Always start at the ICO Library homepage; sign into the off-campus access page using your ICO credentials (as you would use to sign onto a Library or other campus computer).


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 at icolibrary@ico.edu, 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 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.

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