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COVID-19 Update: The library building is open to the public. Some physical ILL and resource sharing items may still be unavailable. We can mail our physical materials, they can be picked up inside the building, or create an appointment for curbside pickup. Click here for more information.
Distance Learning Guide for Students
The library supports Distance Learners with research assistance, online workshops, and shipping of physical materials to a home address.
Did you know that your campus username and password are your passport to library resources? You don't need a physical library card! As long as you have your campus username and password, you can access online library resources, request copies of articles and books, and renew checked out materials!
Serving Our Distance Learning Community
The library understands that our Distance Learning students are faced with some very unique educational challenges. Our professional, friendly staff is here to help you to the best of our ability.
To better serve those students who cannot visit the physical library, we provide:
Physical Materials from the JDH Library's many collections, requested from another UW library via Resource Sharing, or requested via Interlibrary Loan may be shipped to a home address. Return shipping will be at the borrower's expense.
Master your assignments with online workshops on such popular topics as: Library Services, Decoding Assignments, Selecting a Topic, Searching Background Information, Searching for Articles, The Library Catalog, and RefWorks.
A Reference Librarian's Top Three Tips for Distance Learning Students
Your work computer may not always work. Often times your work computer will have firewalls, which may prevent you from accessing the library’s databases and other electronic materials.
Plan ahead. Although a lot of library resources are online or instantly available through the library website, we do not have access to everything. There may be a time when you need to request an item from another library. By planning ahead you guarantee you’ll receive your research materials in time.
Use and check your UW-S email account. This is where all communication from the library and other UW-S departments will be sent.
Print and Electronic Resources
Distance Learning students enjoy access to the same resources as on campus students, including:
Physical materials may be shipped to a home address. Loan periods and renewal policies are the same as for any on campus student, although due date extensions may be offered for materials typically offered only for short term loans on a case-by-case basis.
Can't find what you need at the JDH Library? Request materials from other libraries via Resource Sharing or Interlibrary Loan. Physical materials may be shipped to a home address after being received at Jim Dan Hill Library.