When you can’t come to the library, or prefer to work remotely, there are many ways we can provide you with help and services!
Need in-depth research, or just have a quick question? Contact us by chat, email or phone!
Chat Reference Ask Us! – chat online with a Witt librarian Monday through Friday from 8am-5pm EDT, other times by appointment - email or call us to set up an appointment.
Call us at: 937-327-7511, if we don't answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as we can (During the Covid-19 emergency, we may call you ffrom a non-Wittenberg phone number).
Email Witt librarians: email@example.com
Online Materials and Tools
- Credo Online Reference This is a great resource for reference materials.
- The best way to find ebooks is in EZRA, our online catalog. Do a search just like you normally would, then click the “Modify Search” button near the top. Change the drop-down from “Any Material Type” to “Ebooks” and click the big red “Search” button.
- The OhioLINK Electronic Book Center is another way to find quality ebooks.
- Other sources for ebooks: https://www.wittenberg.edu/lib/find/ebooks
Articles & Research Databases:
A searchable list of all of our databases. You have full access to these databases from off-campus with your last name and library barcode.
Logging in to Library Resources from Off-Campus
When accessing the library's subscription resources like Academic Search Complete, JSTOR and other databases from off-campus, you will be prompted to log in with your last name and your library barcode. It is very important that you access these subscription databases from the Library’s website while off campus. If you simply type in a URL (for example jstor.org) you will not have full access to these subscription resources.
Your library barcode can be found on the back of your Witt ID or when you log in to MyWitt you will find “Display Library Barcode” listed on the “Campus” tab. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble accessing library resources from off-campus.
Interlibrary Loan for Journal Articles
If you cannot get the full text of an article from one of our subscription databases, you can place an interlibrary loan (ILL) request. Most ILL article requests can be filled electronically, so you only need to go as far as your email inbox to retrieve important research articles. Article ILL Request Form
During the COVID-19 emergency Interlibrary Loan for articles may not be available because many libraries are closing. Interlibrary loan for books is not currently available.
Renew Books Online
You can continue to renew books (including OhioLINK books) online at http://ezra.wittenberg.edu – just click on the gray button to “Renew & Your Library Account”. Again, you’ll find your library barcode number on the back of your Witt ID or you can see it if you log into MyWitt. If you are having trouble renewing an item or have run out of renewals, please contact email@example.com.
For the duration of the COVID-19 emergency, we will be extending due dates for books you already have checked out. Once this crisis has passed, we will communicate with the campus community regarding returning books to Thomas Library. If we can't extend the due date, your fines will be waived after you return the material.
The library has a book drop to the left of the main entrance, where you may return items without entering the building.
If you cannot return to campus during the COVID-19 emergency, please keep your books and return them once you are back on campus. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Temporary Covid-19 Resources
Many digital resources are being offered for free temporarily to support students and educators. These resources are temporary and free access ends on different dates.
- VitalSource - one of our digital course materials providers, has offered to provide free access to eBooks to students through May 25. Not all textbooks are available, but many are. You can borrow up to 7 books by signing up here using your wittenberg.edu email. Once you have created an account, use the “Explore” tab to search for the books you need. Select “Borrow” to place it on your bookshelf. For more information seeing VitalSource’s help page.
- RedShelf - another digital course material provider, is also allowing free access to their catalog of eBooks for students through May 25. You can search available titles here. If there is a title you would like to borrow, click “view details” and create an account using your wittenberg.edu email address. Next, add the book to your shelf and you will be able to access the eBook.
- Other textbooks - Other publishers are also making content available to students. For a list of those publishers and instructions on how to access materials. (You can also check with your professor about which book publisher you are using—and some professors have already asked for online access for texts.)
- Films On Demand - the library has set up trial access until April 11th for a streaming video collection. This collection includes educational videos from BBC Worldwide, Bill Moyers documentaries, TEDTalks, PBS, HBO, Films for the Humanities and Sciences, and Ken Burns documentaries and covers a broad range of subject areas. Films on Demand can also be found in our list of All Databases. You will be directed to enter your last name and your library barcode (from the back of your Witt ID or from MyWitt Campus tab Display Library barcode).
- Kanopy - is offering a limited selection of streaming videos for free for the next until April 16th only. Kanopy expects this list to grow each week and encourages you to check back periodically.
- Project MUSE - search for books and articles. Among the publishers currently opting to make content free on Project MUSE are Johns Hopkins University Press (all books and journals), Ohio State University Press (all books and journals), University of Nebraska Press (all books and journals), University of North Carolina Press (all books), Temple University Press (all books), and Vanderbilt University Press (selected books). Project MUSE expects to announce additional participants and will continually update the list of publishers offering free access to content.