For online students, the library is always open—particularly for research and locating reading materials.
In fact, most of the services of Ball State University Libraries are at your fingertips, whether you’re searching for books or articles, compiling a bibliography, or needing to consult with a librarian.
Handy Research Tools
These are a must!
- One Search will help you find articles, books, music, DVDs, and more.
- Card Cat, a catalog of all the physical holdings within Ball State University Libraries, lets you search for books, check due dates, and view course reserves, including electronic course reviews.
- A Databases page provides general databases as well as databases by subject, so you can find the ones useful for your discipline.
You can search for materials using Interlibrary Loan or Academic Libraries of Indiana (ALI). At the Research Guide for Ball State Online, click on “Find Books” and see how Interlibrary Loan for Distance Education Students and ALI Reciprocal Borrowing Program can help. The research guide will also help you in your search for articles, course readings, dissertations, and citation and formatting sources.
Librarian at Your Service
It’s our motto! So please ask your questions via chat, phone, or email through our Ask a Librarian page. Or set up an individual appointment, and we can talk about your research questions through Skype or WebEx.