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Distance Learning: Tips & Tricks

This is a guide of general librarian-recommended resources and strategies for distance learning students. Subject and discipline specific resources can be found by using the subject guide for your area of study.

More research guides

Browse all research guides.  (Use this option to find the guide that best fits the class or subject area you need).

Or use these related research guides:

JUMP START--Find Online Resources on My Topic

QuickSearch is a search engine that will allow you to search many of the library's databases simultaneously.  It retrieves articles that may come from a variety of disciplines or fields.  The articles often include links to full text (full text or FindIt icons) as well as citations to paper and electronic books. (For more information about accessing paper books and ebooks, see the Books and eBooks tabs of this guide).

QuickSearch is similar to Google in that it often retrieves a large number of results, but it consists of vetted library resources as opposed to web sites.  Use the options to the left of your list of results to narrow the retrievals.

Note: If you find that QuickSearch is too broad or you need more discipline-specific search, choose a discipline specific database using our databases by subject list or our subject guides.


ASK for HELP: Contact Your Friendly Subject Librarian

Did you know that every student enrolled at WSU has a librarian?

It's true! Use the form below to contact your subject librarian--or contact your librarian using the online library staff directory or subject librarians list (see links beneath this form).

Subject librarians have specialized knowledge of the information resources needed for a specific discipline(s), so the subject librarian for your major or the particular course you are taking can help you save time by guiding you through how to use the most important information resources for your particular specialty.

If you have in-depth questions about how to locate information for a particular assignment or research need, please contact the subject librarian for your major or your area of research interest.

In order for your librarian to serve you more effectively, please identify yourself as a distance learning student when you contact your librarian.

Browse complete list to send your own e-mail message or call:

Plan Ahead

Although many of our library materials are electronic, some are still published only in print format.  Start your research early and give yourself plenty of time to request books or other print materials if you need them.

Consider Location

Consider Your Geographic Location

Note: We do not mail books to residences.

  • If You Live Near Wright State University

    Visit the Wright State University Libraries

  • See if You Live Near Another OhioLINK College or University . Your Wright1 card will allow you to check out their books.

  • Books
    As a Wright State University distance learning student, you are entitled to select a conveniently located OhioLINK Library for delivery and checkout of books and audiovisuals

  • Use the  OhioLINK Central Catalog to request items for delivery to another OhioLINK library.  Once you locate an item in the Central Catalog that you would like to borrow, select REQUEST THIS  ITEM. You will be prompted to indicate your institution, and then your name and ID number. Select the library where you want to pick up your material.  You will be notified by email or a printed notice when the item has arrived at the pickup location. 

  • If You are NOT an Ohio Resident
    You may check the holdings at other public and academic libraries, using WorldCat

Ask your librarian!

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Ximena Chrisagis
Dunbar Library 328
(937) 775.3516

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