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Distance Learning / Remote Access Resources

 

Blinn College Library serves faculty and students, both on and off-campus, through the

Blinn College Library Website

Your portal to resources from books to databases, plus all the help you need to use them.

Just for Instructors!

Would you like us to provide research instruction to your dual enrollment or distance learning class? We will work with you to either send a librarian to your location, or provide research instruction via the web to your class. We can also collaborate with Internet-based instructors to provide tutorials, a web research guide targeted for your class, or links for you to incorporate into eCampus.

Instructors accessing library databases from off-campus will need a Blinn network username and password. Please contact Academic Technology if you don't have one. Please contact us if you have any difficulty accessing any library databases.


Students

You don't have to go to the library to have a world of research materials at your fingertips! In today's online world, most library resources and services are web-based, so if you have internet access, you can go to the virtual library at your convenience. Here's all you need:

Blinn College Library Website

Logging In

To online library resources (databases)

Students

Username is Firstname.Lastname## (the ## is the last two digits of your student ID number)
Password is your birthdate in MMDDYY format.
If that password doesn't work, try your birthdate in YYYYMMDD format.

If the above username/password combination does not work you may also try the username B00123456 (Your Blinn ID # starting with B00) and for the password, your birthday of YYYYMMDD or your 6 digit Blinn ID number. If none of these options work, you can try resetting your password here or calling the HELP desk at 979-830-4357.

Faculty/Staff

Faculty/Staff can log into the databases using your network login/password just as you would to log into your office computer.

To the library catalog, the username/passowrd combination is somewhat different.

Students

Blinn ID number example - B00123456 (The B must be upper case, followed by two zeros and 6 digits) Password - Your birthday in this format: mmddyy (Someone born on March 1, 1991 would be 030191)

Faculty/Staff

Faculty and staff must register with the library to be able to log in. Blinn ID number - 123456 (no B00 prefix needed) Password - This will be what you set up when you registered for a library account.

Encyclopedias, Dictionaries, and more

Need to get some background information on your topic, or look up a word in a dictionary?

Credo Reference offers more than 485 highly-regarded subject encyclopedias from over 70 publishers.

Gale Virtual Reference Library includes the full text of over 15 scholarly, subject encyclopedias.

STAT!Ref is a collection of medical reference books.

We also provide the online versions of many standard library reference books such as Oxford English Dictionary, Statistical Abstract of the United States, Occupational Outlook Handbook, and Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, plus many others you can find by searching the Blinn Library Catalog.

Useful Links includes many reliable, free Internet sources for this type of information, too.


Books and More!

The library has thousands of books, audiovisual materials, and ebooks, all available by searching the Blinn College Library Catalog. Students can also search just for ebooks directly through our two largest ebook databases:

EBSCO eBook Collection

ebrary

Books can be requested online via the Request Wizard in the Blinn Library Catalog, or by emailing or calling the library. When a student places a request for materials, that student must normally come to the library to pick up the materials. Federal privacy law prohibits us from allowing any one else to pick up a Blinn College student’s materials.

In order to make it easier for students who have difficulty coming to campus, we have the following procedure to allow special pickup of requested library materials:

Special Pickup Instructions:

  • A student may designate another person to pick up library materials he has requested online if he is unable to do so himself.

  • The request may be made either in person or by sending an email from the requestor’s Blinn student email account to library@blinn.edu. This email must include the name of the person designated to pick up the materials.

  • When the designated person comes to the library, he must identify himself with an official picture ID.

Mail Delivery:

The library can also mail items to students and faculty who don't attend classes on any of our campuses. Contact one of the librarians below to make arrangements for mail delivery.

Renewing books, etc.

Items can usually be renewed online or by contacting the library.

Articles from Magazines, Newspapers, and Scholarly Journals

Need periodical articles? The library subscribes to over 100 databases that faculty and students can search in for articles from magazines, newspapers, and journals. Thousands of the articles are available full text in the databases, and can be viewed, saved, or printed from any computer with internet access. If the full text isn't available through the database, and the library has a subscription to the periodical it was published in, we can email you a copy.

Help

Need help with research? Can't come in to the library? Call us, email us, or Chat with us online! We also have many online Tutorials and LibGuides - Class & Topic Guides to help you with both general and subject-specific research.

Nearby Libraries

Would you like to use a nearby library? In Texas, almost all college & university libraries (and many public libraries) participate in the Texshare Card program. Ask us to mail you a card, and you'll be able to check out materials from libraries that are convenient to you.


If you would like to consult a librarian regarding any of our services, please contact:

Linda Flynn, Dean of Library Services, lflynn@blinn.edu  (979-830-4251) at the Moody Library, Brenham Campus

or

Janice Lapaglia , Bryan Campus Library Director, jlapaglia@blinn.edu  (979-209-7277)

 

 

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