You are a distance learner at MTSU if you are taking an online, video conferencing, or off-campus course. Explore this site to find the services available to you, and let us know if you need help.
Contact the Distance Education Librarian
Off-campus access to resources
Can I access the library resources off-campus?
Most of the library resources available through the library website and Databases A-Z list can be accessed off campus using your Pipeline username and password. You will be prompted to log in when necessary. If you have difficulty, please call the Reference Desk at 898-2817 (option #3). Depending on the nature of your problem, we may need to refer you to the ITD help desk (898-5345).
How do I link to an article from a database?
To link to an article in a database, you first have to find its persistent URL (one that doesn't change). This is usually NOT the URL in the address bar of your browser. Look in the long record of the article (what you see when you click on the title) to find the persistent link. But wait, you're not finished! After you find it, you need to add this to the beginning of it:
Adding this prefix to the beginning of the URL will allow you to access the article from off campus with your Pipeline username and password. Some databases may not provide persistent links to articles.
How do RODP students access library resources off-campus?
RODP students have access to library resources at each of their instructors' campuses. To locate the username and password required to access resources off-campus, click on the Virtual Library link in your D2L course. If the login information is not displayed, contact your instructor or the library (615-898-2817). Usernames and passwords change each semester.
Can I get books delivered to me?
We do not have a delivery service for on-campus students and faculty. If you are a distance learner with no on-campus classes who lives outside of Rutherford County, you may request a book that the library owns through our Interlibrary Loan system. When requesting the book, mention in the notes field that you are a distance learner and need to have the book mailed to you. You must be registered for an MTSU distance learning course, live outside of Rutherford County, and have no on-campus classes to have MTSU books mailed to you. There is no charge to have books mailed to you, but you will be responsible for return postage.
If MTSU does NOT own the book you need, you may borrow it from another school through the Interlibrary Loan System, ILLiad . When requesting the book, mention in the notes field that you are a distance learner and need to have the book mailed to you. The book will be mailed to you as soon as possible. This option may take a few weeks, so plan ahead. Read more about Interlibrary Loan. You will be responsible for return postage.
To locate books in the James E. Walker Library, search the library catalog by author, title, or topic.
Distance learners have 3 options for obtaining library resources without traveling to campus:
Book delivery to your home
- If MTSU owns the book (check the library catalog), you may request the book through the ILLiad system. When requesting the book, mention in the notes field that you are a Distance Learner and need to have the book mailed to you. You must be registered for a distance learning course, live outside of Rutherford County, and have no on-campus classes to have MTSU books mailed to you. There is no charge to have books mailed to you, but you will be responsible for return postage.
- If you live in Rutherford County, we ask you to come in during library hours to check out books. You must have an MTSU student ID to check out books in the library. The BlueID office is located in the Student Services Building (SSAC), room 112. Hours are 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. For directions, please see the campus map.
- If MTSU does NOT own the book you need, you may borrow it from another school through the Interlibrary Loan System, ILLiad . When requesting the book, mention in the notes field that you are a Distance Learner and need to have the book mailed to you. The book will be mailed to you as soon as possible. This option may take a few weeks, so plan ahead. Read more about Interlibrary Loan. You will be responsible for return postage.
TALC Card for use at other state schools
- If you live near another state school, you may want obtain a statewide borrower card (TALC). Public colleges and universities across the state have agreed to allow students and faculty from any of the participating schools to borrow materials at any location. If you live close to one of these schools, you may wish to use its library. Your home school must issue the card. To receive a TALC card, click here and fill in the form.
Online Books (e-books)
Getting access to articles at home
Use the JEWL Search to find articles
When accessing the library article databases at home, you may be prompted for a username and password.
- username: this is the first part of your email address; it is also your Pipeline username
- password: this is the same as your Pipeline password
RODP students with a non-MTSU homeschool may obtain a username and password from their instructors or consult the Distance Education Librarian at Sharon.Parente@mtsu.edu.
Document Delivery :
While the library has many full-text journal and newspaper articles available online, you may need some that are not.
Getting an article MTSU owns in print
- Request the article through the ILLiad system. You will login with your Pipeline username and password. The first time you use ILLiad, you must enter your contact information. When doing so, make sure to indicate in the Status field that you are a Distance Student or RODP student. You must have a library borrower card or MTSU student ID to use this system. If you don't have one, contact Sharon Parente at Sharon.Parente@mtsu.edu.
- Please be sure to include complete citation information.
- You must live outside of Rutherford County, be currently enrolled in an MTSU distance education or RODP course (with MTSU as your home school), and have no on-campus classes to use this service (if you live closer, we ask that you come into the library to make a copy of the article).
- Delivery of locally owned items often occurs within two days (not including weekends).
Getting an article MTSU DOES NOT own
- If MTSU does NOT own the article in print, you may order it from another library through ILLiad. Make sure to indicate that you are a Distance Student.
- You will need your M number to use ILLIAD. You may find your M number on your MTSU ID card or by logging in to your Pipeline account and going to Raidernet>Personal Information. If you have questions, contact Sharon Parente at Sharon.Parente@mtsu.edu.
- If you are not sure whether MTSU owns the article, use the Journal Locator to search for the periodical.
- Be sure to include full citation information: title, author, publication, year, volume, pages, etc.
- Items ordered from other libraries may take a few days or up to three weeks, so plan ahead.
Library Services for Distance Instructors
- Embedded Librarian -- Online instructors may choose to have a librarian "embedded" in their Desire2Learn courses to assist students with library and research-related questions. The Embedded Librarian page provides more information.
- Library Instruction--
- Short video tutorials -- link to videos about searching for books, finding articles, and more.
- Specialized Online Instruction: The DE librarian will collaborate with instructors to create customized information literacy units to replace on-campus library instruction sessions.
- On-Site Instruction - A librarian can visit your off-campus location for a traditional information literacy instruction class.
- Searchpath-- These online modules cover selecting a topic, finding books, finding articles, and more. Each ends with an online quiz. Different quizzes are available for embedding in D2L classses. Ask Sharon.Parente@mtsu.edu for details.
- Electronic Course Reserves -- Instructors may place items on electronic reserve to be accessed remotely by students. The Electronic Reserves page provides more information on policies and instructions regarding electronic reserves.
- Curriculum Support -- The distance learning librarian will assist instructors in identification of relevant websites, articles, online books, and appropriate library databases for course research.
- Linking to online articles in your D2L course -- to link to articles from databases, you need find its persistent URL and use the correct ezproxy prefix (https://ezproxy.mtsu.edu/login?url=). Contact the DE Librarian if you have any questions.
Contact Sharon Parente, Distance Learning Librarian, at (615) 898-2549 or by e-mail at Sharon.Parente@mtsu.edu if you would like assistance with any of the above services to support your online, off-campus, videoconferencing, correspondence, RODP, or telecourse.
Online Resources for Distance Educators
Copyright and Distance Education
Contact the Distance Education Librarian
At the Library: Visit us at the Reference/Information desk in the 1st floor Research Commons any time for research help, or visit the Technology Services desk past the elevators on the 1st floor for technology help.
Call the Reference Desk: 615.898.2817 (option 3 for research help)
Chat: Use the chat box to the right during open library hours.
Email: Use our email form. Responses within 1-2 business days.
Suggestions: Suggest a new resource or service, or comment on your experience in the library.
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