Completing your studies off-campus by distance learning? You aren’t alone!
Rentschler Library is here to help you navigate University Libraries’ resources and help you locate the materials you need to get your research done right. Just follow the links for help on this page that cover popular topics, or contact us using any of the links at the top of each page (IM, phone, email, etc).
Book Search Tips: Learn how to find books using the library’s website.
Electronic Book Center: Find library books you can read online! As a Miami student, you have access to thousands of books that can be viewed online and to audiobooks that can be downloaded. Please note that you will need to enter your Miami username and password to access these books. Once you’re in the Electronic Book Center, you can choose to search all of their books, or limit it by a particular collection.
Libraries near you: Miami University has borrowing agreements with many other Ohio college and university libraries. You can register for a Borrower’s Card at a library close to you, or you can simply choose to pick up your requested materials at that library.
Tips for Finding Articles: Finding scholarly articles in a database is a little different than using a search engine like Google. The tips on this page will help get you researching like a professional!
Find Articles by Subject Area: Find the full-text of thousands of articles available online! As a Miami student, you have access to hundreds of databases for research. Databases may contain scholarly articles, newspaper articles, books, reviews, and more--depending upon which one you select. In order to get the best materials for the topic you are researching, you may want to start in our “Research by Subject” pages. Simply pick the course you are doing research in (i.e. English, Psychology, Business, etc), and you will be taken to a page that lists a few of the best databases for research in that subject area. Please note that you will need your Miami username and password to access the databases.
Evaluating Internet Websites: Is that website really a good resource for your research? Learn how to tell the difference between a “good” and a “bad” site.
Internet Research Shelf: Our Internet Research Shelf has over 300 links to popular and hard to find Internet information. It can be useful for locating Primary Sources, Statistics, Government Information, Demographics, Web Tools, and more! You can browse the shelf, or use the “Search this site” box (located at top left of each page) to see if there is a link relevant to your research.