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ASU Online Library Guide

Welcome ASU Online Students!

Welcome to the ASU Online Library Guide! Created with online students in mind, you will find walk-throughs, tutorials and useful resources to learn how to use the ASU Library and conduct searches. This guide will help you learn how to:

  • Conduct research through the ASU Library using research databases
  • Request, borrow and return physical and digital materials
  • Discover the variety of library services and tools available to students

This tutorial consists of six pages that are broken down to explain the different types of resources available at ASU Library and how to access/use them.

  • Research Databases -- Online research article from scholarly journals and magazines. Commonly used for research papers.
  • Physical and Other Materials -- Books, chapters, articles, microform, materials not available from ASU Library, and more. Used for research and leisure reading.
  • e-Books -- Electronic books, textbooks, and reference books. Used for finding textbooks for your courses, research, and leisure.
  • Media -- Movies, music, images and more. Great for research, leisure, and images needed for projects.
  • Subject Librarian -- Librarians that support specific subject areas (engineering, art, music, etc.).
  • Citations, Tutorials, and More -- Tools and information on citation resources, tutorials on how to use library services, and information on more services available from ASU.

To get started, go through the tutorial below, and get prepared to use your ASURITE information to log into your library account and access databases. The bottom of each page will lead you to the next topic. This is the best way to learn everything you can about the library. You can also use the menu on the left hand side to jump directly to the resource or tool you would like to use.

Introduction to ASU Libraries Tutorial

Some frequently used resources you will use as an online student include:

Library One Search - A Library catalog search tool allowing you to search print, e-books, electronic resources, and digital collections. You can also view a quick video.

Tutorials - Videos and walkthroughs on getting started with specific ASU tools and databases as well as library practices and tips.

Library Guides - Webpages with very detailed information and resources on subjects. This guide is an example of a library guide. 

Ask a Librarian - A tool to help you at any point of your research. During live chat hours, you can directly chat with some of our available librarians, but you can also access FAQs, call an information desk, send an email or request a 1-on-1 consultation with a subject librarian. 

Using Your ASURite ID for Online Access

The majority of the research databases, e-books and e-journals available from ASU Library are only available to ASU students, staff and faculty. Therefore, when using these library resources, you will be prompted to login with your ASURITE ID.

Having issues connecting to library resources? Report a technical problem by submitting a help ticket with Library Systems Support.

ASU Help Center - The University Technology support that can assist with ASURITE issues.

Navigating to the next page...

Advance to the Research Databases page to learn more about online research articles from scholarly journals and magazines. This is the resource most used in research papers.

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-three Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries. Arizona State University's four campuses are located in the Salt River Valley on ancestral territories of Indigenous peoples, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of these lands allows us to be here today. ASU Library acknowledges the sovereignty of these nations and seeks to foster an environment of success and possibility for Native American students and patrons. We are advocates for the incorporation of Indigenous knowledge systems and research methodologies within contemporary library practice. ASU Library welcomes members of the Akimel O’odham and Pee Posh, and all Native nations to the Library.