Distance & Online Students

Steely Library is committed to meeting the information needs of all faculty, staff, and students who make up the Northern Kentucky University learning community. This includes those individuals teaching, supporting, or enrolled in Northern Kentucky University classes which do not physically meet at the Highland Heights campus.

Library Orientation

Steely Library encourages distance learners to take advantage of our resources, to make the most of your academic education as well as to develop your information literacy skills as you become a lifelong learner. We recommend that you watch the videos for each section of the orientation to become familiar with Steely Library’s resources and services.

Important Information

Distance Learners receive special borrowing privileges through SourceFinder.

When you sign up for SourceFinder, be sure to let us know you are eligible for special services by selecting "NKU Distance Learning Patron" for your status.

Northern Kentucky University Educational Outreach

The Educational Outreach Services provided by Steely Library are intended to complement the classes offered by Northern Kentucky University's Educational Outreach Programs.

What are Databases?
This video briefly explains the types of materials found in a database.  After watching the tutorial, students should be able to explain the difference between searching the Internet and searching a database for information.

Research at library.nku.edu
Learn to navigate the library website in order to connect to research databases and research guides.

More Resources from Steely Library

This video introduces you to SourceFinder, the library's interlibrary loan program.  Connect to SourceFinder to create an account. Books, articles, videos, and more can be requested from other libraries. If you meet the distance learner eligibility requirements, Steely Library will ship the item to you.  This video also introduces you to RefWorks.  Connect to additional RefWorks tutorials.

Scholarly Sources
This tutorial examines the differences between popular and scholarly sources.  

A Final Resource: Avoiding Plagiarism

View Steely Library's page on Avoiding Plagiarism for videos and additional resources.

Steely Library phone number:  859.572.5457