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LIBRARY GUIDE TO Library Guide for Distance and Online Students

This guide is intended to assist those students who are distance students or those enrolled in fully online courses or programs.

Getting Started
1. Review the New Students - Get Connected Technology Guide and be sure you have activated all important accounts:
  • Grizzly ID and PIN
  • NetID and Email

2. Get a Grizz Card, which will also serve as your library card.
**If you can't come to campus to get a card from the GrizzCard office the library circulation staff  can help you set up a library account over the phone. Call them at (248)370-4425 and tell them you are a distance education student who needs to activate your library account.

3. Sign into your Oakland email account.
This account will be used for all official communication from the unviersity including the library.

4. Activate your interlibrary loan account in ILLiad.
*Be sure to register as a Distance Education student for additional services. See our ILL Policies for more details. Using this account you can request items you wish to borrow either from Kresge or from other libraries.
Available resources
You have access to all the same resources as on campus students.
Use the library homepage to search for books, articles and other materials.

Kresge has a large collection of electronic books (will full-text available completely online) and subscribes to an extensive collection of article databases.

*Using the ILLiad system, distance students can request print materials held at Kresge Library using the "Request Books and Articles OWNED by Oakland University" option.

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Research Assistance

Ask a Librarian
Ask a research question by phone, chat, email, or in person at the research help desk.

Research Consultation
Sign up online for an individual session with a librarian to get help with your research.

Borrowing books
Distance education students can request that Kresge books be mailed to their home address and that Kresge print articles be scanned and made available for them to download.
Find out more>Book / Article Delivery for Distance Students 


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