Services & Resources for Distance Education Students
Who Qualifies For DE Services?
The Library considers students who are enrolled in UW-Whitewater online degree programs that do not come to campus for those courses to be Distance Education (DE) students. These students are eligible for the same services as on-campus students, as well as others listed below.
What Library Services Are Available to DE Students?
Andersen Library strives to accommodate the information needs of students and faculty outside of the Whitewater area. The Library will send books and materials at no cost for shipping to distance education students who live more than 30 miles from Whitewater, with the student covering the cost of returning items in a timely fashion. Students who live less than 30 miles are expected to come to the library for material.
UW-Whitewater Library Catalog and Universal Borrowing
Use the Library's catalog to find books, videos, titles of journals or magazines and other material in Andersen Library. You can also use Universal Borrowing (UB), which is a catalog of all of the libraries in the UW System. From both the Andersen Library's catalog and UB, you have the ability to place requests for these items and have them sent to any UW campus for pick-up and return for free. A Universal Borrowing Tutorial is available which explains the process more completely.
Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan (ILLiad)
Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is available to all UW-Whitewater students, staff and faculty. This service allows users to borrow materials (books, photocopies of journal articles, etc.) from libraries outside of the UW-System. Items received via ILL cost $1 per request, billed to your student account. Students who live outside of the Whitewater area can request that the item(s) be sent to their home.
In addition, our Document Delivery service is available to all graduate students, as well as DE undergraduate students who live more than 30 miles from campus. With Document Delivery, you can request photocopies of articles from journals and magazines owned by UW-Whitewater. The request system, ILLiad, is the same for both Document Delivery and ILL. Be sure to indicate in the Notes field of your request that you are a distance education student. As with ILL, the use of Document Delivery costs $1 per request.
Access to electronic reserves - readings for a particular course submitted by instructors - is available through the library's catalog. If you encounter difficulties using e-reserves, check out the troubleshooting page for suggested fixes.
The reference librarians provide a variety of methods in which students can reach them for assistance with research. You can contact the Reference Desk at 262.472.1032, which is staffed most of the hours that the library is open. Virtual reference is also available, with chat and e-mail reference available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We generally respond to e-mail questions within a business day. If you have an in-depth research question, you may want to contact a library liaison in your subject area.
UW-Whitewater Library Catalog
Use the catalog to find books, videos, titles of journals or magazines and other material in Andersen Library. Check out the How to Use the Library Catalog tutorial for information about searching the Library's holdings.
Universal Borrowing allows UWW faculty, staff or students to check out material from any of the participating UW System libraries and have that material delivered to the campus most convenient to the user. Delivery is within a day or two on weekdays. A Universal Borrowing Tutorial is available which explains the process more completely.
Other Library Catalogs
Use this link to explore other libraries in the UW System, public libraries in Wisconsin, and libraries around the world.
WorldCat.org, the free version of the OCLC WorldCat, searches for over a billion items in ten thousand libraries all over the world, including UWW. Enter your zip code to find material in libraries near you.
eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
The eBook Collection features a virtual collection of entire books online. To access netLibrary, you can either use the link above or find titles through the Library's catalog.
Books on the Web
This guide contains a listing of free or partially free e-book collections.
Article databases available from the Library offer you the opportunity to find reliable information from respected newspapers, magazines and journals - all right from your computer, wherever you are. Many of the databases provide the full text of the articles, either in HTML or PDF format. We have the databases organized alphabetically or by subject to help you find the right one.
NOTE: When off-campus, you will be prompted to log into the proxy server, which allows access from anywhere using your netID and password, just like your e-mail. If you have issues with logging into the proxy server, please check our Troubleshooting page for known issues. You may also want to consider using VPN (Virtual Private Network) in order to access campus and library services. Find all of the information about VPN on the iCIT website.
Journal Holdings List
If you have a particular periodical in mind, the Journal Holdings List contains holdings information on all of the magazines and journals the library has available, both in print and electronically.
Enter the information for a citation, such as the title, author and source of an article, and Citation Linker will indicate whether Andersen Library has electronic access or the print copy of the article in question.
Library User Guides
If you're having difficulty using any of our databases or you're looking for more information about the source, make sure to look at the How to Use library guides.
The Library is here to assist you in any way possible. Please contact us with any questions that you may have.
- Contact the Reference Desk by phone at 262.472.1032 or via email or chat if you need help with your research or using an electronic resource.
- Contact the Interlibrary Loan Office at 262.472.5524 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries regarding ILL or Document Delivery requests or questions about the service.
- Check out the online guides for help with the library catalog and most of the databases.