Mission Statement

The University of South Alabama Libraries are committed to providing library services and resources to distance education students comparable to those services provided for on-campus students. Every reasonable effort will be made to ensure that students enrolled in distance education courses at USA will have access to adequate library resources and services.

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Access to Subscription Databases and Fulltext Articles

Registered USA students can access databases from anywhere in the world through our homepage: http://library.southalabama.edu/ under "Articles, Indexes, Databases." When you enter a subscription database you will be asked for a login name (J Number) and a password (your JagMail email password.)

For a list of full-text, online newspapers, magazines and journals, see Journal/E-Book List. Check the list of Electronic Reference Books for subscribed reference materials, as well as recommended reference websites.

For the Biomedical Library's list of electronic journals see Journal Search under Find Articles at the Biomedical Library's web site. For a list of Biomedical Library databases, see Database List under Find Articles.

Research Assistance

You can send your questions to webref@southalabama.edu. Angela Rand, Associate Librarian, is the Marx Library's contact for USA Online students.

The USA Reference Librarians are also always ready to advise researchers on the best reference books, indexes, databases and other research tools for your topic. Call the Reference Desk at 251-460-7025 or go to Ask a Librarian to send e-mail or use chat reference.

Those in the Colleges of Nursing, Medicine or Allied Health Professions should see the Biomedical Library's Distance Education page, call the BML Reference Desk at (251) 460-7044 or e-mail them at medlib@southalabama.edu.

Document Delivery

We will copy and deliver articles from printed journals in the library using this form: http://www.southalabama.edu/univlib/copy.htm. Three per day please. Copies are $3.00 for twenty pages, then 10¢ per page for additional pages. The FAX delivery charge is $2.00.

We can also send articles as PDF files. You must have e-mail and Acrobat Reader installed on your workstation. Choose the Web Delivery option.

Book Check-out and Delivery

The loan period for Distance Education students is 28 days. You may request materials via the library's web site on this Book Check Out and Delivery form. The first time you receive a book you will also get a library card. [Use this card to check out books if you come to the library too]. We will retrieve, check out and package books for delivery. You will be charged the actual cost of shipping the book plus a $10.00 processing fee per item. FedEx ground shipping charges vary from $5.00 to $20.00 for one book. You must insure each book for $100 when you return it.

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Interlibrary Loan

The library will borrow books and request articles from other libraries for our students if we do not own these items. We do not charge for borrowing materials within Alabama; however, we will charge for the physical delivery of materials. Most out-of-state libraries will loan books at no charge, (except for dissertations) but will charge for photocopies -- typically a $5.00 to $10.00 minimum. Often articles are sent over the Internet and can be downloaded as PDF files using Adobe Acrobat.

Interlibrary library loan policies and forms for the ILLiad system are available at:  http://libguides.southalabama.edu/ill.

Note: All students are responsible for any charges assessed by the lending library for loans, copies, fines, damages or lost items.

Biomedical Library

For Biomedical Library assistance, go to http://biomedicallibrary.southalabama.edu/library/. The BML's Distance Education page is at http://biomedicallibrary.southalabama.edu/library/?q=distanceed. Clinical nursing students who need access to OVID databases should go to http://libproxy2.usouthal.edu/login?url=http://ovidsp.ovid.com/autologin.html for access. Any problems with remote access should be directed to the Biomedical Library at 251-460-7044 or medlib@bbl.usouthal.edu. The Biomedical Library also provides chat and text messaging reference at http://biomedicallibrary.southalabama.edu/library/?q=ask.


Having trouble connecting to the Libraries' databases through USA Online? Connect directly to the Libraries' homepages instead of using the Library tab in the USA Online frame. Use the following URLs:

For solutions to other common problems, go to http://libguides.southalabama.edu/remote. If you still have access problems after trying these fixes, call or email Ellen Wilson at 251-460-6045 or webref@southalabama.edu. to top of page