Services for Distance Education Students

The following are services provided to students enrolled in courses taught distant from campus and to faculty members teaching those classes:


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 Wolfgram Library Databases

Journal Article Databases are available for searching the journal literature. Many of these databases contain the "full-text" articles. You should see a link stating "full-text" if this is the case.


Widener Library Catalog (WebPAC) provides you with information about what the Wolfgram Library owns. You may also see links to many full-text journals. Click on WebPAC from the Library Homepage.


Electronic Journals

The Wolfgram Library subscribes to many electronic journals through different databases including: Ebscohost, Proquest, PsycArticles, Wiley Online Library, Philadelphia Inquirer Online, Wall Street Journal Historical, New York Times Historical, Lexis Nexis Academic Universe, CINAHL, and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Publications. Click on "Find Articles" and then "Databases Listed by Title" from the Wolfgram Library Homepage to access these databases.


Off Campus Access

The library's catalog (WebPAC) doesn't require any special access codes or passwords but the databases do require that you enter the barcode number from the back of your Widener ID card.


Reference Assistance

Reference assistance is provided by all Wolfgram reference librarians. This includes finding specific facts, assisting in a search strategy, and helping guide you in your research. For this service use one of the following methods:

  • Telephone: (610) 499-4073
  • Ask Us
  • Mail to: Reference Department, Wolfgram Memorial Library, Widener University, One University Place, Chester, PA, 19013


Interlibrary Loan

Journal articles may be requested through interlibrary loan. You must first register for this service through "ILLiad" by clicking here. Once you have registered, then requests may be submitted. Notification and delivery of articles is electronic. Questions? Contact the Interlibrary Loan Office at 610-499-4070.


Obtaining Books and/or Journal Articles

The Wolfgram Library does not mail books. However, the library does offer access to many resources in electronic format and to other libraries. Before pursuing these options you must first request a library barcode. After you have obtained a library barcode, you should follow the Off-campus access instructions link from the Wolfgram Homepage. Many regional academic libraries permit Widener University-enrolled students to use their facilities. One such group, "TCLC", also allows limited borrowing of materials as well. Please complete the "Gaining Access to Regional Libraries" form and mail to Wolfgram Library Public Services. A permission letter will be sent to you allowing you to use this other library. Click here to see a list of TCLC participating libraries. If you wish to explore local libraries on your own, below are sites that link to the different kinds of libraries. You will find information about borrowing under headings such as Circulation, Borrowing Privileges, Policies, Services, Courtesy Cards, Community Borrower. A letter of introduction can be provided by contacting the Wolfgram Library's Head of Public Services.


Public Libraries in the United States


College or University (Academic) Libraries


Specialized Libraries

Medical Libraries: The US National Network of Libraries of Medicine has a site called "Find a library that can help you with health information." You can search for libraries in your state that are open to the public and provide access to books and journals. You can also search for libraries that provide Loansome Doc articles to the public and/or health professionals.


Law Libraries: Most of the links on the Internet Library for Librarians Special Libraries site will take you to the homepages of law libraries.


Course Reserves

Some classes may have electronic reserves available. To check, go to the Library's Electronic Reserve Desk at Then click on the link for the electronic reserve and course materials and find your professor's name.