Are you enrolled in a distance program, and live outside of Dane County? Distance Students have access to all of the same resources as on-campus students. Your UW NetID gives you access to licensed databases and full-text resources.
Most of what you need to know about distance services may be found at Distance Services – Obtaining Library Materials.
Important tips about accessing materials
- Use Worldcat to search for books that will be useful to your research. You can request that books from many university libraries be sent to your mailing address outside of Dane County.
- When requesting a physical item be mailed to you, remember to set your “Pickup location” to be Distance Services, and to enter your mailing address in the Notes field of the InterLibrary Loan request form
ONLINE ACCESS TO ARTICLES, JOURNALS AND DATABASES
- From off campus, you will need to login with your NetID and password to access licensed library resources online.
- Check out our quick videos for a walk through of how to…
- UW Libraries provide access to ASTM standards in full text online, as well as most SAE and IEEE standards. For the full list of our online databases for standards, see the Standards Research Guide.
- Please note that other standards cannot be requested by distance students due to copyright limitations. The best route to obtain these is via your employer, or a local college or university’s print collection. Try searching for local sources through WorldCat.
- The first page of ISO standards are typically available to preview online for free. This is often helpful in determining the utility of the standard to your project.
CODES AND REGULATIONS
- Some codes, like the Code of Federal Regulations, can be found online.
- Some building, fire and other safety codes are available in print at Wendt, and can be requested via InterLibrary Loan.
- Watch this video for an example of how to find E-Books in our library catalog.
- All e-books are listed in the Library Catalog. However, it is often more useful to search for e-books within subject-specific e-book databases, because more fields (e.g., abstract, subject terms) are searchable. For Engineering, the following e-book databases are often useful: Academic Complete, E-Book Library (EBL), Ebook Collection (EBSCO), National Academy Press, Safari Books Online, Science Direct, Wiley Online Library.
Effective use of citation managers
- Need help choosing a citation manager? Please review this quick list of considerations, check out this helpful video on choosing a citation manager, or view our longer comparison chart.
- Make sure your citation manager is set up to utilize UW-Madison subscriptions:
- Many Engineering Master’s students choose Mendeley, for which we have specific recommendations: