Distance Learners are members of the Ohio University community and therefore have equal access to many of the library’s services, resources, and research tools. This page provides information on getting started using the library’s website, finding library materials, and where to go for help. Have questions? Ask us! 

Finding your way around the library website

Finding Materials

Need a book? As a distance learner, you have options for accessing books from OU and other OhioLINK libraries.

Looking for articles? A good place to start is Articles Plus, which is found right on the library homepage.

We also have many article databases that are specific to a particular subject area or discipline. Our subject guides include information on using subject-specific databases to find articles. Here are guides for finding articles for some of the most popular online programs at OU:

Need Help? We’re Here for You!

Contact a librarian directly

Help Yourself

  • How-To videos: We’ve created many videos to help you use our resources. 
  • Subject guides: Created by subject librarians who specialize in a discipline, these guides are designed to give you a thorough starting point on your research. They provide links and descriptions for key research resources for specific subject areas.
  • Off Campus Access Issues: Start here if you are having difficulties accessing online library resources such as articles in a database, eBooks, or course reserves.

Writing Tutoring

Online students who would like assistance on a writing project may contact Dr. Candace Stewart, Director of the Ohio University Student Writing Center, at stewarc1@ohio.edu.