Ten Things Every Online Student Should Know about the Library: Some Recommendations from the Online Librarian

Do you know how to get the most out of COD’s library as an online student? Online librarian and faculty member Jennifer Kelley shares what you need to know to access the resources the library has to offer and to get help when you need it, whether you’re on campus or off. 


  1. The Online Library is open 24-7

As a COD student you will have access to hundreds of thousands of online resources that aren’t freely available on the internet. The online library never closes, so you can work on your research projects when and where you want.

  1. Get a Library Card

The key to accessing the Library’s resources is your library card. Don’t have one? Just follow this link to request your card. http://codlrc.org/circulation/cards/request

We’ll email you your barcode number and mail you the card.

  1. Books, Videos, Databases and Articles

With your library card, you’ll be able to support your learning through access to streaming audio and video collections; articles from magazines, journals and newspapers; and downloadable e-books on a broad range of topics.

You can even use your library card to check-out popular audiobooks and e-books for when you’re ready to take a break from your classes. Visit the Axis360 collection and browse all the titles available for free download.

  1. Use I-Share to get books from/at other colleges and universities in Illinois

Sometimes the thing you really need just isn’t available online. I-Share is a program that allows COD students to use 82 other Illinois college and university libraries as their own. You can pick up and return I-Share items at any member library. So if you live close to another I-Share library, you can have COD items sent there for pick-up– or use their collection. For free!

  1. Librarians are standing by

Any time the library is open, Librarians are available to answer your questions. You can call, email, IM and even text the Library for research help or to schedule a consultation with a librarian.

  1. Research Guides can get you started

Not sure where to start with your research project? Take a look at the Library’s collection of Research Guides. We have guides for most subjects taught at COD and many for individual courses. Each guide lists resources that are especially useful for research in your subject– they can even show you how to find and cite your sources.

  1. Research Webinars can get you further

Whether you are new to COD or looking to sharpen your research skills, the Library’s SOS Online webinar series can help you succeed. These interactive webinars are short, free and the perfect way to explore a research tool or learn a new strategy. All you need is some free time and an internet connection.  Visit codlrc.org/SOS to see this semester’s schedule.

  1. You have a Librarian!

Every subject taught at COD has a faculty librarian assigned to work with the students and instructors in that discipline. This librarian is familiar with your coursework and assignments and can point you toward the best resources for your research needs.

If you have a question about a research project, feel free to contact your librarian. Look for your librarian’s name on the Research Guide for your course subject or visit codlrc.org/faculty/liaisons.

  1. The Library is just a click away

You can find your way to the Library’s website in a bunch of different ways, but the easiest is from right inside your Blackboard Course. Look for a “Library Resources” link in your course menu or visit cod.edu/library

  1. There are no stupid questions

I’m a librarian because I LOVE doing research and finding answers to questions– any questions. And there are thirty more people in the library every day who feel the same way.

So, please, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you get stuck this semester. Librarians and reference assistants are here to support and assist you. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find out who does.

Send us an email, give us a call, text us your questions. We’re happy to help!

For more information about the Library or any of the resources listed above, visit their website: http://www.cod.edu/library/ or call (630) 942-3364.