Distance Learning

Students who are enrolled in distance learning classes can also utilize the library's services even if they cannot physically come to the library. The following guide will assist you in finding the materials you need for class. If you have any questions, please contact the library for assistance.

What do you want to do?

1. Find a Specific Article
2. Find a Specific Book
3. Get a Specific Section/Chapter of a Book
4. Find an Article about a Topic

Finding a Specific Article

  1. When you already have the bibliographic information, first you can see if the library has this particular journal:

    Go to our Journal List and search for the title of the journal (NOT the article title).


    For electronic periodicals:


    Example: I want an article found in the journal "Cross Cultural Management", volume 13, no. 3, 2006. I search in the Journal List and I find that the library holds this journal from 7/1/2001 and on in the ABI Inform database. I click on the available link, and it will ask me to login first. After I have logged in, I will be at the ABI Inform database. From there, I can search for the article title.

    For "in library" articles:


    Example: I am looking for a specific article in Buddhist Studies Review, volume 17, no. 1. I search in the Journal List and find that the library has a holding in the library. This means there is no electronic version, but the library has a physical copy of the journal. I will have to ask the library to send me a PDF copy of the article via document delivery. This will take 1-2 working days.

  2. You have searched through the UWest catalog, but we do not have the journal. You now have two options:

    Check with libraries located near you...

    Request an document delivery...


    ...to see if they have the journal. Go to the Worldcat catalog and search for the journal title. Once you select the correct journal, Worldcat will show you which libraries near you has the journal. However, you should also check if the library holds the volume/issue you want. Click on the library link and it should take you to their catalog and show you the volumes they have. Call ahead to see if the library is open to visitors (some academic libraries will only allow students to enter).


    Send a request to us and we will obtain the article for you from another library. We will send you the article via email. This will generally take a longer period of time, 2-3 weeks. Be sure to check the box indicating you are a distance learning student.


Finding a Specific Book

  1. Check our catalog to find the book you want. Click on the link to the book. At the bottom of the book detail page, there is a link to "Check Nearby Libraries". This will take you to Worldcat to see if any libraries near you has this book. Click on the link to your nearest library to see if they hold the book or if it is checked-out. If you want to use that library, contact them to make sure you are allowed to use the library.
  2. If there are no libraries nearby, you may request an document delivery from us. Be sure to check the box indicating you are a distance learning student and let us know if you have a different mailing address than on your school registration. If the library has the book, it will arrive in approximately 1-2 weeks. Otherwise, we have to wait until the lending library mails it to us before we can mail it to you. This may take 3-4 weeks. You are responsible for paying the postage to return the book to the library.

Getting a Specific Section/Chapter of a Book

  1. If you need a specific section/chapter of a book, we can provide a copy via email if it is within 10% or 1,000 words, whichever is less (subject to copyright and fair use restrictions). Remember to provide page numbers for the section you want. Turnaround time is 1-2 working days for books the library has, 2-3 weeks for books from other libraries.
  2. You also preview certain passages of certain books via Googlebooks.


Finding an Article about a Topic

  1. If you are looking for an electronic article about a specific topic, you can search within the databases. For an explanation of which database has articles on certain subjects, check this page that describes what each database contains.