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Accessing Resources & Services Off-Campus

While classes transition online due to concerns about COVID-19, students, faculty, and staff are able to access most resources and many services using the library website. Some helpful links follow:

Databases, Articles, Journals, eBooks, and more

OneSearchSearch through many resources at once using our OneSearch tool. Whether you are looking for an eBook or searching broadly by subject or keyword, OneSearch is a great place to start your searching. OneSearch is also a good place to find items by citation - just paste the citation right into the search box.

Databases A-Z ListIf you know which database you are looking for, use this list to find the specific database by title.

Databases by Subject ListOur subject librarians have selected the top databases for each subject in this list, helping identify the top resources for each subject.

Journal SearchThis tool allows you to find journals by title or subject.

Library CollectionsPhysical collections are not available for checkout during the library closure.

Scanning: Limited scanning is available as staffing allows. To request a scan, undergraduates may use our book search form. Graduates, staff, and faculty, may use the LEDS request form. Instructors who would like materials scanned for in-course use may submit a reserve item request and select "Place these reserves in Canvas."

Interlibrary Loan & LEDSILL is still accepting requests for articles and book chapters, though these services may be limited due to staffing and availability. Interlibrary Loan for print materials has been suspended. If you need materials, please reach out to your subject librarian about eBook and/or eResource availability. For information about interlibrary loan due dates, please contact

Streaming Media: If you are interested in using our streaming media resources in your online courses, please check out Streaming Media in Your Course for guidance on finding streaming resources and models that best suit your course material needs.

Instructors: Visit our Off-Campus Access Information for Instructors page for additional information.


Research Support and Consultation Services 

Resources for Research & Using the Library: Our librarians have created helpful guides on using FSU Libraries online resources and services as well as general research guidance. Check out our many Research Guides and our collection of Videos & Tutorials for assistance anytime, anywhere.

Research Help: Reference and general research assistance is available online through our Ask A Librarian service, which is available Monday - Thursday 8 AM until midnight, Friday 8 AM until 5 PM, Saturday noon until 6 PM, and Sunday noon until midnight. For more in-depth research help, including research consultations on Zoom or by phone, please contact your subject librarian or use our request form.

Tutoring: Late night tutoring will be offered via Zoom through the end fo the spring semester. More details are available at our tutoring page.

Instruction: Librarians are available to support classes with instruction and research help while classes meet remotely. In addition to research skills, we can help you identify online, open, or primary source resources to use in your online teaching. To request library instruction, please reach out to your subject librarian or fill out a request form. Our digital research team also provides remote instruction as needed.

Digitization and Copyright Questions: FSU Librarians are available to consult about copyright and digitization questions that you may face as you transition to online teaching. Please contact your subject librarian or for more information.

Library Support in Canvas: We've gone beyond the physical libraries to seamlessly integrate our services and resources right into the Canvas dashboatrd and your course site. Learn more about our Libraries courses, subject-specific Library Tools available in all course sites, our library instruction module, and more in our FSU Libraries & Canvas Integration guide. 

For all of these resources, you'll need to login using your FSUID and password, more information can be found below. If you're having issues or problems, please use our Off-Campus Access Solutions form.


Off-Campus Authentication

Access to our resources off-campus requires logging into a proxy server, which will allow databases and electronic resources to recognize you as a member of FSU. If you are off-campus, you will automatically be asked to login using your FSUID and password whenever you click on a link from our website or resources. You should login using the same credentials you use to log into Canvas and your FSU webmail. VPN is not required or recommended for accessing library resources off-campus.


VPN is not required or recommended for accessing library resources. If you are having issues or problems with off-campus access, please use our form for Off-Campus Access Solutions.

Electronic Resources & Licensing

Due to licensing restrictions by our database vendors, we are unable to provide off-campus access to non-active students and staff. If you are not currently enrolled in classes for the current semester (breaks always count as the preceding semester), are auditing a class, or are not actively employed by Florida State University, you will be unable to access our library resources from off-campus.

Graduate students working on a thesis or dissertation must be enrolled in a Thesis class with at least 1 credit hour to retain off-campus access to electronic resources. Graduate students should contact their school for Thesis credit options. OPS staff will need to work with their departments to ensure library privileges as part of their employment if necessary.

For more information about off campus access, please contact Lindsey Wharton, Extended Campus & Distance Services Librarian,

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