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Using the Library Website as a Distance Student

Welcome to Alexander College! As a distance student, you have access to the library’s digital services and materials. Please take a moment to read the over the information below on how to contact the Library and use AC’s resources.

Look here to get started on your research by watching one of our how-to videos, check out the blog for important library updates and interesting posts, and find our contact information! When contacting us, make sure you are familiar with our hours of operation. The time zone the College operates in is Pacific Standard Time.

Did you know that as a distance student that you can still get help from an AC Librarian? The Ask a Librarian box is located at the top of each library webpage and provides links to 4 methods of contact including: instant online chat (AskAway), email, phone number, and 1-1 appointments. Please reach out to us if you have any library or research related questions!

Articles & Databases

This page is where we recommend students go to find articles. As a distance student, you will get access to all our digital content! Look for the relevant database to search in by browsing the subjects that they relate to. Some databases have articles, and some have books, so also make sure to check to see if the content is the right fit for your research needs. If you need help when searching, contact the Library or ask for assistance on our virtual chat service (AskAway)!

Student login information for our databases:

Username: Your student number

Password: Your birthdate, formatted as YYYYMMDD. For example, January 1, 2023 would be 20230101

If you are having trouble accessing a database, please contact the library.

Research Help

Need to determine what an academic article is or how to come up with a research question? This is the page to visit if you are new to academic research or just need a refresher! We’ve outlined the 5 main steps to take in the research process, including links to how-to videos and infographics for each step.

Interested in finding books, articles, and more digital content related to a specific discipline? Then check out our research guides! These guides are a great place to start if you are unfamiliar about where you can find relevant information to your topic in a subject area.

Have questions about Library services? We also have how-to guides and FAQs on this page to help you out. Want to talk with a Librarian about your research questions? Follow the steps in the poster below to chat virtually or book a one-on-one research appointment with a research expert!


Visit this page to find more information about what library services are available to you!

About the Library

Interested to know more about us? You can find the AC Library mission, policies, take a virtual tour of our libraries, and get our contact info all on our about page.

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Library Questions


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