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Drexel Library

AS-I 180: Strategies for Online Learning

Library Resources and Services for College of Arts and Sciences' introductory course for online learners


Welcome to Drexel and the Drexel University Libraries -- we'll be your partner throughout your educational voyage!

Visit us online at to find the books, journal articles and videos, and to contact us for help.

The Online Library

Most of the resources of the Libraries are available to you regardless of where you are. The resources available online include:

  • E-journals
  • E-books
  • Videos
  • Databases

When you choose a link to a Drexel Libraries-subscribed resources, you'll see an authentication page to verify your Drexel affiliation: use your Drexel EMAIL ID (just the initials and number, not your full email address) and PASSWORD to log in to all library resources.

Alternatively, you can set up VPN (Virtual Private Network) access to reach all licensed resources.

Resources for Writers

Getting to Journal Articles

Whether you find citations to journal articles using the databases listed to the right, or have a list of citations from another source, how do you get to the actual TEXT of the article?

From a citation in a database:

Look for the Get Full Textbutton, or a DREXEL FULL TEXT link. This is our linking system that connects you from a citation in one database to the text of that article that might be in a different journal collection.

A new tab or new browser window will open (you may need to turn-off your pop-up blocker!). The article citation and some additional information will be on the right; the article will open in the left side of the page.

When you just have a citation:

Starting at the SUMMON search box on the home page:

  • Type in a significant portion of the article title, in quotation marks:  "effects of chocolate on cognitive function and mood", OR
  • If you have a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) for the article -- a string of characters that looks like this:  10.1001/jama.290.8.1029 -- copy and paste that into the search box, OR
  • Click on the Advanced Search link (right under the yellow SEARCH button). Use the multiple search boxes and field selections to search for the article -- try a few significant words from the title, together with an author's name, and/or the title of the journal, OR
  • At the Summon search box, click the "EJournal" choice, search for the journal title. If it is available as an ejournal, the search will go to the Browzine listing for the journal; use the list of years on the left to navigate to the article.

When you see "Citation Online" or "You do not have access to this article online"

Don't panic -- we may not have direct access to everything, but we can get most articles for you through our Interlibrary Loan Service.

When we don't have online access to a journal, you'll be directed to an ALMA Services page (From Summon click on the title of the article to find this).

  • On this page, you may see a yellow bar directing you to sign in to check for request options. Click the "Sign in" link, select "Students, staff or faculty"; enter your usual Drexel credentials if necessary. 
  • Use the "Request through Interlibrary Loan (journal & articles)" link to reach the login screen for ILLiad (our Interlibrary Loan system).
  • Log in, then you'll see the Article Request form with the citation information filled in*.
  • Check to make sure that all required fields are complete, then submit the form.

You'll receive an email message -- usually in 3-4 business days -- with a link to the article.

To check the status of your request:  Log in to ILLIAD 

*If this is the first time you've used the ILLiad system, you'll need to fill in the registration form. After you do this, go back to the tab that shows the ALMA Services page (the tab will show the article title), and click on the Interlibrary Loan link again; that will fill in the Article Request for for you.