Off Campus Library Guide

Welcome to the Arthur A. Wishart Library's off-campus guide. This page is designed to help off-campus students locate library resources and research help.

Below you'll find answers to your frequently asked questions. Have a question that isn't here? You can chat with us in real-time, or submit your questions and feedback through our Feedback Survey.

How do I access library resources from off-campus?

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You will be prompted to login using your AlgomaU credentials when accessing library resources off-campus (at home or from the Northern College campus). This is because you are not within the AlgomaU IP range, which automatically authenticates you to access our resources. Students who are accessing resources from the downtown Brampton site should be authenticated, but will also need to login from home.

The login screen should appear the first time you try to access a database. It looks like this:

Off campus authorization page

If you don't login, you will not have full access to library resources we subscribe to. If you encounter issues with IP authentication, please contact us via chat or send an email to

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Where can I find library resources for my program?

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There are two spots to check for subject-specific resources on the library website. 

Subject Guides

The library has prepared subject guides that list relevant resources for your topic and disciplines, including databases, reference titles, ebooks and websites you can use for your research. The guides can be found under Research menu on the library homepage.

Subject guides link from the Research drop down list

Not finding your topic? Fill out our Feedback Survey and tell us what subject guide you'd like to see!



For a full list of databases we subscribe to, visit our Databases page. This is found under the Research heading on the library homepage. 

Where to find the database link under the research drop down list

Choose what program your assignment is for from the drop down list to see relevant databases in your field. You can also search for databases by title.

Our Database search page. You can look up databases by title or subject.

Just starting our your research? Try an interdisciplinary database like Scholars Portal Ejournals or Academic Search Complete, or use the OneSearch bar on the main library homepage.

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How do I find a full-text article?

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Sometimes a database search will return the citation and abstract of an article, but will not include the full text of the article. 

In order to avoid retrieving only citations, databases will sometimes allow you to select "Full-text only" for your search. You can check this option if available to ensure you only receive full-text results. 

If you find a resource you're interest in and there is no full-text article provided in that database, look for the the "Full Text Finder" or "Get It At Algoma" links (title will vary depending on the database you are using). This will show you whether or not we subscribe to that journal, and what database it can be found in.

Full Text Finder buttonFind Full Text option in Scholars PortalGet it at Algoma button found in databases such as ProQuest

Be sure to check the availability information for the journal. The journal could appear in more than one database, with different years of availability. You will need to know what year your article was published in. This information can be found by checking the citation information you retrieved in your initial database search.

Still haven't found the full-text article? You can also try our A-Z Journal Title search to check whether we subscribe to the journal. 

If we don't subscribe to this particular journal, you can submit an ILL Request for the article.

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How do I order books or articles through Interlibrary loan?

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If you are located at one of our extension program sites in Timmins or Brampton, you can still make use of our inter-library loan services. The first step is to send ILL staff a message using our contact form, selecting "Inter-Library Loan" as the Category. Be sure to let ILL staff know that you are not located at main campus in your email. 

You should then provide the following bibliographic information for your ILL request:


♦ The title and author of the article.
♦ The title of the periodical.
♦ The volume and issue numbers of the periodical.
♦ The pages on which the article appears.

This information can be found using Algoma's list of Journals Databasesor by searching for the article citation in Google Scholar

For Books:

♦ The title and author of the book.
♦ Optional: the publication information (e.g. publisher, edition, publication date).  If you do not provide publication information, we will try to get the latest edition of the book for you.

This bibliographic information for books can be found using library catalogues, such as Algoma University's at: . If you cannot find it there try: WorldCat OCLC's catalogue of over 1.5 billion items in libraries worldwide.

ILL staff will then respond with next steps regarding your request.


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Where can I get updates from the library?

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If you're looking for the best way to keep in touch with the library, head on over to our Facebook page! This is where you'll find official communications from the library, including news, events and updates of our hours and closures. Make sure to like the page so you receive these notices! 
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Where can I get help with my writing?

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The Writing Lab is a free service available to all Algoma University registered students in any discipline of study, including those studying at our satellite programming locations in Brampton and Timmins.

The Writing Lab is staffed by a qualified writing instructor who helps students with individual writing consultations by appointment. The goal of the Writing Lab is to help students improve the writing skills they need to be successful at the university level. The Writing Lab works closely with the Learning Centre to provide a range of academic support services.

The Writing Lab runs for 14 weeks during the fall and winter semesters, and for a limited time during the spring and summer semesters. The Writing Lab is available for appointments during the following office hours.

Office hours for Fall 2015 (by appointment only):

Mondays and Wednesdays: 10am - 4pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10am - 3pm

Please book your appointment at

Extension Program Students

For students studying at our satellite programming in Brampton, St. Thomas, or Timmins, please email your assignment in a Word document file at least two days before your due date to Please also send your assignment criteria and due date so the Writing Lab Instructor can help you in a timely fashion. The Writing Lab Instructor will make comments and suggestions and email the document back.

You can email if you require additional help in booking an appointment.

For free resources and handouts on academic writing skills, you can enroll in the Writing Lab on the CMS with the key: writing.

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