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Distance Education

We understand at Roberts-LaForge Library that not all Delta State University students have the ability to be on campus to utilize our library resources. In order to assist students who may be taking courses on satellite campuses or through online classes, we have created this Web page of distance education resources. It will serve as your guide to access both print and electronic material as well as the staff assistance you may need to support your academic coursework.

Please note: When you request library materials (i.e., books, journal articles), you are required to identify yourself as a distance education student and the course(s) in which you are currently enrolled. You must complete the Patron Information Form click the link to access this form .

Services Available for Distance Education

Library 101: Online Only

In an effort to train Distance Education Students how to successfully research and use library resources, the Roberts-LaForge Library is providing Library 101 in an online only format. This one credit hour course will teach you how to how to use resources such as EbscoHost, CINAHL, and other resources we have available to students. Classes will be available Summer I 2007, Summer II 2007 and Fall 2007. Please contace the Reference Desk at 1-662-846-4431 if you have any questions.

The Online Catalog

All of the Library’s holdings can be found in the Catalog, along with the materials in the Instructional Resources Center (IRC), new government documents and our online book collection. You can access this catalog by using the link below.

The Roberts-LaForge Library Online Catalog

Electronic Books (NetLibrary)

NetLibrary is a collection of over 41,000 electronic books, or e-books. These books are full-text and fully searchable. They are available from any computer with Internet Access. For more information, follow the NetLibrary Link below.

NetLibrary Information

Electronic Databases

The Library Services Web Site is the gateway to databases that provide electronic access to indexes, abstracts, full-text journals, and encyclopedias. Some electronic resources are available only in the library or on the Delta State University Campus, but many others (including full-text) are accessible from your home or work. You can browse databases by subject, use the alphabetical list, read a brief description, and find their scope of coverage on the Electronic Web Page. If you would like off campus access with certain databases, please contact the Reference Department at (662) 846-4431.

Electronic Databases by Subject

Temporary Access to EBSCOhost

Guides to Using Electronic Databases

A series of library guides are available to aid you in searching our electronic databases, such as EBSCOhost and WebSPIRS.  Most of these guides are in PDF format. (Please note: To view a PDF file, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download it for free.)

Guides to Using Electronic Databases

Reference Services

Reference Librarians are available to assist you in identifying and locating information resources. You can either contact our Reference Department by phone (662) 846-4431 during the hours that the library is open or email refdesk@deltastate.edu.



Online Instructional Guides

The Roberts-LaForge Library is in the process of creating online guides to instruct Distance Education Students how to use various library services. Continue checking this area for updated material.

How to Access Databases Off Campus

Periodicals – They’re All the Same, Right?

About Government Information – Federal

Government Information – The Basics




Library Books Owned by Roberts-LaForge Library

If available, we will check out the requested book to you and mail it to your preferred address. The loan period is for three weeks. You must return the book in time for it to be received by Roberts-LaForge Library on or before the listed due date. You are also responsible for paying for the return postage. Fines for overdue books accrue at the rate of $.15 per day, per book. One renewal is permitted provided there are no other requests for the book. You may renew your book by telephone or online. Contact the Circulation Department for additional information at (662) 846-4430. All books are subject to recall if requested by another patron.

Distance Education Book Request Form

Journal Articles Owned by Roberts-LaForge Library

The Serials/ILL Staff can mail the photocopied article to your preferred address or send the article to you as an email attachment in PDF format. (Please note: To view a PDF file, you need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you may download it for free.) Photocopies of journal articles do not have to be returned.

Distance Education Journal Article Request Form


InterLibrary Loan Requests

Library Materials Not Owned by Roberts-LaForge Library: You may also request materials owned by other libraries through our Interlibrary Loan Department via telephone (662) 846-4448. After obtaining the book or journal article, we will mail the material to you (or email the journal article as a PDF attachment). The loan periods for books are set by the lending libraries and we ask that you return the book in time for it to be received by Roberts-LaForge Library on or before the listed due date. You are responsible for the postage to return the borrowed items to Roberts-LaForge Library.

If we have not received the borrowed materials by the established due date, a fine will accrue at $1.00 a day per item. Students will be billed for book replacement 4 weeks after the listed due date.

For further Interlibrary Loan information, please go to the Interlibrary Loan Web Page.



Reciprocal Patron Borrowing Among the Libraries of Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning

As a distance education student, you may find it convenient to use libraries that are close to your home. Within the terms of the agreement among participating universities, students and faculty members may visit some other university libraries within the state and check out books in person. Delta State faculty members and students who have no overdue materials or outstanding charges in Roberts – LaForge Library or the Instructional Resources Center are eligible. You may request a Mississippi Universities Library Borrowing Card (MULBC) from the Head of Circulation at 662-846-4433. The published policies of the participating lending institution, including loan periods, assessment of overdue fines and replacement costs govern the use of borrowed materials. The borrower is personally liable for all materials, fines, or charges.

Reciprocal Patron Borrowing – Dancing Rabbit Library Consortium

Within the terms of agreement among participating libraries, students and faculty members may visit other public and community college libraries in Northwest Mississippi with a Dancing Rabbit Card. Please contact the Circulation Department at 662-846-4433. For additional information and a list of participating libraries, see our Dancing Rabbit Library Guide (PDF).

Purchasing Textbooks

Text books, clothing, school supplies, and a variety of other merchandise can be purchased at the Jimmy R. Williams Campus Bookstore (662) 846-4643.

Book Store Web page

Electronic Citation Style Guides

APA Style – This site, maintained by Northern Michigan University, provides up-to-date and accurate examples of how to cite almost any source using the APA style.

Citing Sources – This Duke University Library guide gives examples of various citations for APA, Chicago, MLA and Turabian

Columbia Guide to Online Style – An overview of the publication written by Janice R. Walker and Todd Taylor including : the elements of style, documenting sources in text, and preparing the bibliographic material (Columbia UP, 1998).

MLA Style – guidelines authorized by the Modern Language Association of America.

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