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ACCESS ONLINE DATABASES OFF-CAMPUS

First, go to this login page, or click on the Off-Campus Access button in the upper-right corner of the library's website.
Off-Campus Access Button
 
You will see the white screen below (with the fields empty):
Authentication Screen
 
When you seen the white authentication screen, enter in your Blackboard portal username (firstname.lastname) and password.

Next, you will be brought to a confirmation screen, where you can then proceed to the list of databases and find the one that you are looking for.

TROUBLESHOOTING

If you are having difficulties accessing our online databases using the steps above, any or all of the following:
  • Make certain that you have signed into Off-Campus Access using your Blackboard Username and Password
  • Logging into your Library Account in Primo actually requires your Blackboard Username and ConnectND password. This is also the username/password combination you will use to log in to make Interlibrary Loan requests.
  • Clear your browsing history. Depending on the browser you are using, this option will appear either in the Settings options, or History options.
  • Change the browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari, etc.) you are using to access our databases, and follow the steps above.
  • Visit the Library's YouTube Channel for tutorials and tips about navigating our website, catalog, and databases.
  • Contact the Library for additional assistance.

ACCESS YOUR LIBRARY ACCOUNT

To access your Library Account (and to log into Primo), navigate to My Account in Primo. You will see the blue screen below (with the fields empty):
To Login to Your Library Account
 
When you seen the blue ODIN authentication screen, enter in your Blackboard portal username (firstname.lastname) and Campus Connection password. Please note that this login information differs from those required of the white Off Campus Access screen pictured above.

You may use your account to view the items you have checked out, check the status of your ILL requests, and to maintain your favorite book and article selections in the catalog. For more information about the My Account feature, please visit Allen Memorial Library's YouTube channel.

PRINT BOOKS AT A DISTANCE

To obtain books or other materials owned by VCSU:
Search the online catalog to find the item you need, and then fill in the Distance Loan Form.

To obtain books or other materials owned by other libraries:
Follow the instructions on the Interlibrary Loan information page.

USING EBOOKS

We own about 18,000 ebooks in the EBSCO eBook Collection (formerly netLibrary). The easiest way to search ebooks is by subject or by using the full-text option. eBooks are actual published books in electronic format so they should meet your instructor's requirement for book sources. Please be aware that ebooks can only be viewed by "one person at a time, just like print books" so if you get an error message for an ebook that you want to read, just do something else and come back later to look at it when the other person is finished with the book! Again, if you are prompted for a username and password, use your Blackboard username and ConnectND password. If you still cannot access the eBook collection, please contact a Reference Librarian.

For popular books and recent releases, use Library On the Go. This resource offers ebooks and audiobooks that you can download to your Kindle, Nook, mobile devices, and computers. For more information on how to use this great service, please see the Overdrive Guide.

To view more eBook and Audiobook options at the Library, please visit our eBooks and Audiobooks page.

MULTIMEDIA

In addition to the eBooks and Audiobooks mentioned above, the Library also provides unlimited free access to a number of streaming video and image source options. Films on Demand provides access to thousands of videos, many of which are full length, from such organizations as the BBC, History Channel, PBS, and more. To view additional options, visit the Library's Multimedia page.

RESEARCH GUIDES

You may need research assistance when a librarian is unavailable to assist you. If you find yourself in this situation, be sure to check out our Research Guides. These guides are designed to provide you the most relevant research materials for your topic. Use them to browse the available library resources, including online books, databases, recommended websites, and more:

QUESTIONS

If you have any questions about services offered to online and distance students, please feel free to contact Allen Memorial Library by phone at 701-845-7280, or by email at library.ill@vcsu.edu.

Email us at library@vcsu.edu!


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