Library Resources for Distance Education Students

    Adrian College’s distance education students can access Shipman Library’s resources and services in support of their coursework. This page provides answers to a number of questions that distance education students may have.

    Can I borrow books from the library’s collection?

    Yes. Use Shipman Library’s Catalog to identify books in the library’s collection. E-books are available through URL links from within the catalog. Distance education students will need to use their Blackboard logins to access e-books from off campus. Print books and videos within the library’s collection can be requested by use of a materials request form. Please complete a separate request form for each book or video that you need. Shipman Library will mail materials to you at no charge, however distance education students are responsible for the cost of mailing the materials back to us.

    Can I obtain academic journal, magazine and newspaper articles from the library’s collection?

    Yes. The vast majority of the library’s periodicals are available electronically. Articles can often be obtained through links within the library’s databases. Distance education students can also search the name of a periodical in the library’s journals list to see if an electronic viewing option is available for a particular title. A Blackboard login is normally required to access electronic articles from off campus. Some articles are only available in print format at Shipman Library. These articles can be requested by use of a materials request form. Shipman Library will provide a pdf copy of the article to you at no cost.

    How can I obtain materials that aren’t in the library’s collection?

    Shipman Library can borrow books and videos from other libraries for you through its interlibrary loan service. As with materials from the library’s own collection, Shipman Library will mail materials to you at no cost, however distance education students are responsible for return postage. Shipman Library can also obtain electronic copies of articles for you from other libraries. Before requesting books or videos, please be sure to check Shipman Library’s Catalog, and before requesting articles, please be sure to check the library’s journals list. We could already have the item that you need. There is no charge for interlibrary loan apart from return postage, where applicable.

    If I need help with my research, what should I do?

    Shipman Library provides reference assistance to distance education students both by phone and electronically. Call the library’s circulation desk at 517-264-3828 and ask for the help of a librarian. Electronic reference assistance is available at certain times of the day through the library’s chat service. You may also submit a reference question electronically through the use of this form. Information about electronic reference services is available through the library’s Ask a Librarian page. Shipman Library’s Subject Guides can help you to identify important databases and other resources in a specific field of study.

    UPDATED: 9/14/2020

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