Distance Learners

Accessing Databases

Skidmore students working at a distance can access most of the library's online databases from the A-Z Database list or our Subject Guides. You will be prompted for your Skidmore username and password the first time (in any given session) that you try to access a database.

If you are having trouble with your username and password contact the IT Help Desk.
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For help with searching databases contact the Reference Desk.


Locating Articles

If you have a citation for an article and are trying to locate the periodical in which it was published, use the Journals Search page to determine if the Scribner Library has access to that journal, magazine or newspaper. 

For articles from periodicals to which Scribner Library has no access - or has print but not electronic access - submit an Interlibrary Loan request.
For help with locating periodicals, contact the Reference Desk.


Borrowing Materials from the Scribner Library

Students who are not able to travel to campus may request that the library send materials to them by submitting an Interlibrary Loan Request. Students are responsible for the costs of any return postage. Materials received back at the Scribner Library after their due date will incur fines.

Distance Learners have a borrowing limit of ten (10) items.
If you have questions about borrowing materials from the Scribner Library contact the Interlibrary Loan Office.


Borrowing Books from Other Libraries

Students at a distance are encouraged to seek out resources local to themselves. If you are trying to access books the Scribner Library does not own and that you cannot access locally, use the interlibrary loan services of your local public library or a local academic library in which you have privileges.

Requesting interlibrary loans for books through the Scribner Library is seldom practical for the student at a distance. Interlibary loans are institution-to-institution transactions and in most cases the loan period is used up while the material is in transit (from the library to Scribner Library, from Scribner Library to you, from you back to Scribner library, and from Scribner Library back to the lending institution).

The MALS office is often willing to write a letter on your behalf to assist you in securing library privileges at an institution near you.

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