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Tutorials & FAQs


As an off-campus student, what library resources can I access from home?

The library's licensed resources are available for your use from off-campus using your campus connection login. If you are unsuccessful in logging into the databases, contact a librarian between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. The only database in this list that is accessible from campus only is ProQuest's Ancestry Library.

Can I borrow a laptop for my classes? What is the loan period?

There are laptops available for students to check out for use on campus. You must have your student ID to check out a laptop. Laptops must be returned at the end of business on the day they are borrowed.

How do I use the electronic databases / resources?

There are several short tutorials which should help you start your research at the bottom of this page

My instructor says I must use reserve materials from the library. How do I get these items?

If you take classes on campus, stop at the library desk and ask for the materials your instructor has placed on reserve status. You will need your student ID with you. Your instructor will have set the borrowing restrictions, including how long the material may be used and whether it may leave the library or not.

If you are taking classes from a distance, simply email or telephone the Learning Commons with course name and titles of the items needed. They will be sent to you with a mailing label to use for their return.

How do I renew library materials?

Library materials may be renewed via the My Account in the WSC Learning Commons catalog provided the materials are not overdue.

I need an item that is not available in the Williston State College Library. How do I obtain it?

See the Interlibrary Loan LibGuide for more information.

Is tutoring assistance and support for students with disabilities available in the library? Who do I talk to about these services?

Tutoring services are available in a variety of subjects. Click on this link for more information. For accessibility services, please contact Amy Armstrong. More information regarding disability support services can be found here.

I am taking classes from a distance and I need to buy textbooks. Whom do I contact?

If you need textbooks for your classes, you need to contact the Williston State College Bookstore. You may email the bookstore or call 1-888-863-9455 extension 4260.


These tutorials are designed to instruct you in using the Learning Commons Catalog and Licensed Resources.  You may need to download Adobe  Flash Player or install Microsoft PowerPoint  (ppt) to view the tutorials.

ODIN Tutorials—available courtesy of ND State Library EBSCO Tutorials Gale Tutorials
Using the Primo Catalog (12:22)(video)  CINAHL Basic and Advanced Searching (ppt) Health & Wellness Resource Center (4:15)(video) 
My Account: UFind Catalog (2:55)(video)  Basic Searching for Academic Libraries (5:25)(video)  
Requesting Materials: UFind Catalog (1:53)(video)  Advanced Search with Guided Style using Academic Search Premier (2.13)(video)  
Basic Searching: UFind Catalog (3:05)(video)