This guide offers an introduction to library services; tools and tips for research, writing, and citation; and key resources for distance education students.
Last Updated: Feb 6, 2013
Use this guide to:
- Find books, articles, images, websites and other resources
- Find information on library services
- Ask for help!
Links to resources and services that may be of particular interest to students learning at a distance.
- Ask a Librarian
Ask a Librarian is an electronic reference service that provides instant answers to many frequently asked questions. You can also submit your own question; reference librarians actively monitor the service, and you can expect to receive a response within 24 hours (often sooner). It is one of several ways to contact the UA Libraries.
- Course Reserves
- Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
Interlibrary loan, or "ILL," is a service that enables you to access books and articles not held in UA libraries. Distance Ed students can also use ILL to request that books held by UA Libraries be sent to them by mail. This page contains ILL contact information and links to policies, FAQs, and more.
- Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Request Form
First-time users must create an account. Make sure to specify that you are a Distance Ed student.
- Library Account
View your account and renew books from UA Libraries (to renew books from other institutions, contact ILL).
- Login Problem Report
Report problems with logging into or accessing the libraries' systems.
The library "catalog." Use Scout to search for books, journals, articles, images and more from a single search box.
- Technical Help (College of Continuing Studies)
Online course help, e-learning tutorials, myBama help, and more.
- University Libraries Databases Page
The Libraries' 300+ databases provide online access to journal articles and other content. Search by subject or type, browse by alphabet, or view all databases
- University Libraries Website
Find information about library services, manage your library, account, and access library resources. Use the site search
to quickly find the information you need.
- Using the UA VPN
A VPN connection will allow you to securely connect to UA's network from anywhere in the world. This will prevent you from having to log in every time you want to use a database, retrieve an article, etc., and after the initial setup, it makes doing research from off-campus much easier and faster. Students abroad will need to set up a VPN connection to use library resources. Contact 205-348-HELP for assistance.
A global catalog. Find books, then request them using Interlibrary Loan.