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Library orientation and advice for students and faculty in distance/online classes.

Using LibGuides

LibGuides is a platform that allows librarians to put together custom websites to easily display tutorials, lists of resources, and other content.  

List of LibGuides

SRU's LibGuides are listed here.  Most LibGuides relate to a particular department or program, but some address other needs or groups that librarians have identified.  Click on a LibGuide's name to visit it.  In addition to this guide for distance students, other points of interest include:

  • The LibGuide for your subject area.  
  • The Library Orientation Guide, which is similar to this one but is not specific to distance students.  
  • The A-Z Resources list, which lists all of our electronic databases and collections, and gives a brief description of each one.

Parts of a LibGuide

Each Guide is made up of several tabs, or pages.  In this guide, for instance, the tabs include "Off Campus Access," "Library Catalog," "Books," etc.

Each page or tab is made up of several boxes.  For example, boxes on this page include "Using LibGuides," "What's Available," "Library Resources," and "Ask a Librarian."  Some boxes are unique to a particular guide, while others appear on many guides.  

When you are using a Guide, look at the tabs and the box titles to get an idea of what's available.  

  • In a subject LibGuide, use the "Librarian" box to find out which librarian specializes in your subject area.  You can telephone or email him or her to ask questions.  Librarians are here to help you learn, just like your course instructor is, so don't be shy about getting in touch if we can help.
  • The "Ask a Librarian" box lets you call or email the librarian on duty at our Research Help Desk.   
  • "Citation Guides" tabs provide links to resources about citation.  Guides for MLA, APA, and Chicago styles are currently available.  

What's Available?

As a distance education student, you may wonder to what extent library resources and services are available to you.  We at Bailey Library are committed to helping all students succeed, whether they are learning face-to-face or online.  You may not be able to drop by to browse physical books and magazines, print off a paper, or study in one of our cozy chairs, but most of what we have to offer is available to you!

Electronic Resources

We offer thousands of electronic resources, including books, periodicals, and videos.  

Go to Articles/Databases to view a complete list of electronic subscription services to which you have access.  Through the databases, you can search for articles on a given topic or browse a particular periodical.  

Librarians make a special effort to purchase electronic books for subject areas in which SRU offers distance education courses.  Ebooks are accessible through our online catalog.   The catalog lists both print and electronic books, but you can easily limit your search to electronic books only.  Open the drop-down meny "Select Single Limit" and choose "electronic books" at the bottom of the list.

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After setting this limit, you can search as normal and see only books that you will be able to access from your location.  

Films on Demand overs a large collection of educational videos and clips.  You can access them through the library catalog or by choosing "Films on Demand from the database list. 

Research Help

SRU librarians are part of the University faculty, and just like your course instructor, our most important job is helping you learn. If you need help with accessing, selecting, or using library resources, you can contact us by telephone or email.  From 10 AM to 8 PM Monday-Thursday, 10 AM to 4 PM Friday, and 1 PM to 8 PM Sunday, a librarian is at the Research Help Desk, ready to provide assistance to on-campus and distance students alike.  Call 724-738-4649 to speak to the person on duty!  You can also email the on-duty librarian through Ask a Librarian.  

In addition, you can also email or call the librarian who specializes in your field.  To find out who that is, locate the LibGuide for your major, program, or department.  The Subject Librarian box will show the name, photo, and contact information.  

Interlibrary Loan

Students who wish to access an article that is not available through any of our database subscriptions are encouraged to use ILLiad.  Through this fast and free service, we request the article from another library that does have it.  Since articles are requested and delivered electronically, ILLiad works exactly the same way whether you are an on-campus student or a distance learner.  Electronic delivery also means that you get your article in just a few days, rather than weeks.  

Help for Faculty

Faculty, we are eager to help you integrate information literacy concepts into your course.   Just like we can visit or host your in-person classes for a library instruction session, we can join you in your virtual class space to help students succeed.  Available options may include recording a video, developing a handout, interacting with your students in a chatroom or discussion board, or collaborating with you (physically or virtually) to create or troubleshoot a library-based assignment.  Contact your subject librarian to discuss possibilities.

About this Guide

Attribution note: Elements within this guide were originally created by B. Alex Boyd. It is currently being edited  and maintained by Rocco V. Cremonese, Business and English Librarian as of the 2016-2017 Academic Year.

Library Resources

Ask A Librarian

Call Research Services at (724) 738-2641, speak to the librarian on-duty in the 1st floor Research Services Office, or follow the link below to be taken to Ask A Librarian, our online query system.