As World Campus students, you have access to several library services. Some of the more valuable services like interlibrary loan, book requests, and E-Reserves are explained on this page.
As an online student, a service of the library that you will probably be using frequently is E-Reserves. E-Reserves is essentially a way for your instructor to keep a safe and copyright allowed list of resources and readings that you will be using throughout your course. To find your E-Reserves all you need to know if your course number or instructor name.
As a World Campus student, you have access to many of the same services as residential students. One of these services is the ability to access resources that Penn State Libraries subscribes to for your use. Here you will learn how to request physical or electronic materials you may need. There are two main systems to use to get access to resources. First, if it is an electronic resource (like an e-book or journal article) and Penn State already purchases that resource you will have the ability to read that article immediately. The image below shows you how to access an article that Penn State has.
At times, you may also find that you need a book rather than an article. If you live in the United States/Canada, we can deliver a book directly to you with a return label for shipping. You are responsible for the return shipping costs. You will do this by using the "I Want It" service. If you are a student who resides outside of the United States/Canada then you will work directly with the department to receive PDF copies of sections of the book. Refer to the following link as a way to understand how to get access to these materials.
Finally, there may be times that you find an article but Penn State does not own it. In these instances, you will use a service known as Illiad to request the article. Refer to the following video and links to borrow materials.
You will need to make sure that your address is correct so that you receive materials you request. Watch the following video to learn how to do this.
Scholarsphere is a wonderful resource that you have access to as a Penn State student. Scholarsphere is essentially a place for you to 'deposit' your work in a way that makes it accessible to others. As a student, you can put your capstone projects in Scholarsphere or any other important works that improve your online portfolio. Check this out for the background scoop on Scholarsphere.
Data seems to be at the forefront of virtually every job, regardless of the field. It is essential that you learn how to successfully represent information through data in an engaging and effective way. Luckily, the library has a service called the Data Learning Center. The data learning center can help you with data related tasks such as finding data, statistical support, understanding how to use GIS data, and connections to other data centers on campus. You can schedule an appointment via their page in library website that will be linked below.