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Library Basics: tutorials for the online student

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Library Basics

The videos below offer an introduction to Booth Library as well as instruction on how to access services and materials. Please review these items to better understand the basics of our library services.

Searching Databases
Booth library provides access to many databases containing relevant research material for your use. Most material is accessible online in full text or PDF format once you log in to your library account. Three databases used across many humanities and social science disciplines are Project Muse, JSTOR and Academic Search Complete, from EBSCOhost. Below you will find links to tutorial videos on beginning research in these resources. 

Google Scholar settings for EIU journals
Lean how to set up Google Scholar's "library links" so you can always access EIU's journal subscriptions on or off campus.
What is available?

Online students have access to all resources and services that the library provides, including:

  • Research help is available by phone at 217-581-6072
  • Ask a Librarian provides help via email and online chat
  • Specialized research assistance is provided by Subject Librarians
  • Your EIU NetID and password give you access to online articles, ebooks, and image databases
  • Books can be mailed to your home at your request
  • Articles can be emailed to you at your request
  • A Continuing Education ID card or Panther Card is required to request books and articles from other libraries
  • The Continuing Education ID card or Panther Card can be used to check or materials in person at other I-Share libraries.
How Do I Get A Student I.D.?

How do I get a Panther Card?

Visit the Panther Card Office located in the Student Services Building or call them at 581-6596. All on-campus students, staff, and faculty are expected  to obtain a Panther Card. 

How do I get a student I.D. card if I am a continuing education student?

Once admitted to the EIU Continuing Education Online or Off-Campus Program, your registration for classes will trigger the production of your EIU I.D. You should receive your card in 5-7 business days. Call the Continuing Education office to request a Panther Card.