Library Resources for Distance
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
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
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.