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Online & Distance Education: Library Resources

A guide to the Ball State University Libraries' resources and services for students and faculty participating in Online and Distance Education programs. You can access this guide directly by going to http://bsu.libguides.com/distance.

Welcome!

As an online or distance education student at Ball State, you have access to full range of library resources we offer, including database access, opportunities to meet with librarians about your research, and even check out books.

To become more familiar with the services offered to you, click on each topic.

FAQ

I am a distance education student. How do I get books from the library?

  • If you are registered with Ball State as a distance education student, circulating items you find in our collection can be mailed to you.
  • For details, see Find Books.

I am a distance education student, but I do live in the Muncie area. Can I come to the library and check out books?

  • Yes! You may check out items from the library. If you have a student ID, bring it with you. If you do not have a student ID, bring a photo ID like a driver’s license.

I am a distance education student. Can I use library databases?

  • Yes! The vast majority of library databases are available from off-campus with your BSU login.  Just go to the University Libraries homepage, select Databases under "Quick Links" in the Research column, and choose your database by subject area or by name in Databases A-Z. You may also use OneSearch and other library tools off-campus.
  • For details, see Find Articles

Can I access any library database from off-campus?

  • The vast majority of library databases are available from off-campus with BSU login.  You can check the list of databases to verify that the database you're interested in is accessible. 

I am a distance education student. Can books I find at other universities through WorldCat be sent to my home address?

  • Unfortunately, no.  Interlibrary loan requests for items not owned by Ball State may only be delivered to and picked up at the Bracken Library.  You can contact your local public library, which may offer interlibrary loan.  Or, if you live near an Academic Libraries of Indiana member institution, you can obtain borrowing privileges at that library by contacting our Interlibrary Loan department.
  • For details, see Find Books

I only need one chapter in a book.  Do I need to request the entire book?

  • You can request individual chapters through Interlibrary Loan by choosing the Book Chapter option under New Request.  Just like a requested article, the chapter will be made available to you as a PDF file. 
  • Be aware that Interlibrary Loan must follow the fair use guidelines put in place by the U.S. Copyright Office; therefore, if the chapter is considered to make up too significant of a percentage of the total book, or if you request several chapters from the same book, your request may be denied.

I've found an article I need, but full-text is not available.  How can I obtain the article?

  • Databases will display a blue "MultiLink BSU" button that you may select to find out if we own the article electronically through another database.  If no online holdings appear, you can click on the Interlibrary Loan/ILLiad link on the MultiLink page to request the full text.
  • For details, see Find Articles

Does the library have any eBooks I can view remotely?

  • Yes!  To locate them, click on the OneSearch link on the University Libraries homepage in the Research column under "Quick Links." Input your search. On the search results page, narrow the search using the tools on the left. Under Refine Your Search, select Full Text Online. Under Content Type, select Book / eBook.

I need help!  Who can I talk to about...

  • Finding resources (e.g. articles or books) to help me complete my assignment:
    • You can contact the library for assistance by chat, phone, and email. Visit our Ask a Librarian page and remember you can also schedule an individual research consultation.
  • Writing my paper, figuring out citation style, and compiling my bibliography:
    • The Writing Center offers help over phone, email, and chat during their business hours and also offers online appointments for more in-depth assistance.
  • Using my computer, Blackboard, or another technology issue: 
    • The Technology HelpDesk offers assistance over phone and email as well as allowing you to request online assistance.