Information for Online Students (ACCEL / Graduate / Masters)
(See also Distance Education)
The Anderson University Thrift Library offers a variety of resources for use by online students. From off campus, you can access our databases and eBook collections. Currently, we have almost 120 databases and over 60,000 eBooks.
To access our ebooks and databases from off campus, students should use our “Off Campus Database Access” page. The link to this page is located on the library’s homepage. To log on to this page, you will be asked to provide your user ID (which is the first part of one’s email address, without the @andersonuniversity.edu) and password. From there, you will be able to access databases and eBooks. Databases are sorted alphabetically and by subject; eBook collections are listed at the bottom of the page. Of course, students taking online classes are always welcome to come to campus to use the Thrift Library.
Video tutorials are available from database vendors, as well as from the Thrift Library for Distance Education. Please see our Tutorials page.
Using the Library Catalog from Off Campus
The Library Catalog is an index to the Thrift Library's books, e-books, and audiovisuals. Anyone can access the library catalog from anywhere at any time.
For books and audiovisuals, be sure to write down the full call number and take it with you to locate the item on the shelf.
If it is an eBook it will lack a Call number and say “Copies: (0 of 0) not available” This doesn’t mean it is unavailable. It simply means that eBooks cannot be “physically” checked out.
Records for physical items will note whether they are “available” or “not available” and also note a due date when appropriate.
To retrieve eBooks, open the electronic record by selecting the title. Then scroll down to the bottom of the record. There you will find a blue hyperlink to the eBook.
- If you are on campus, you should be able to retrieve the eBook simply by clicking on the link.
- If you are off campus, you will not be able to access the ebook through the catalog. (We are working on this issue.) Please take note of the vendor supplying the ebook (NetLibrary, Springer, etc.) and go to the "Off Campus Database Access" page. After logging in with your AU user name and password, scroll to the bottom of the page. Access desired vendor and look ebook up by title.
Some records will have one, two, three, or four hyperlinks, with only one taking you to the eBook. Usually, this is the top link. The other links, when present will take you to supplementary materials and websites. Interestingly, this isn’t limited to eBooks. Increasingly, physical books are being cataloged with supplemental hyperlinks too.
LibGuides are online help pages that offer general library information, subject information, and sometimes even support for a specific class. LibGuides are accessible from the library’s homepage.
About the Library LibGuide
About eBooks LibGuide
Adjunct and online faculty may find the LibGuide Faculty Support helpful.
See the Library Schedule and Library Calendar for specifics. Summer, end of the semester and holiday hours will vary.
Contact the Library
If you have any questions or need help with your research, we will be happy to offer any assistance possible.
Phone Number: 864-231-2050
If you have a more specific question, contact your department’s subject specialist