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Online & Distance Education Guide: Library Basics

Learn how to get the most out of your UIC Library as an online or distance education student.


Welcome to the UIC Library!

We offer many services and resources to online and distance education students, including:

  • Over 300 databases with remote access
  • Over 400,000 electronic books
  • Over 50,000 online journals
  • Interlibary loan support for articles not owned
  • Citation management software accounts & support
  • Online tutorials & workshops
  • Remote consultations with a librarian

Important Accounts

Use your UIC netID & password when prompted to access databases and various library resources.
Please view the "How to obtain a UIC NetID?" help article for more information.

Interlibrary Loan System
When the library doesn't have access to a book or an article, you can request it from another library. Read more about Interlibrary Loan on the "Request Items" help page.
If you live closer to another CARLI member library, contact them to explore options of picking up items there.
Please note that to request items through I-Share you will need to have an iCard (student ID from UIC). If you want to request a student ID, please contact your home department.

RefWorks (Citation Management Tool)
RefWorks allows you to organize your citations and build bibliographies, and is free to UIC students.
To sign-up and learn more, review our RefWorks Help webpage.

Navigating the Library Website

View this video for a quick overview of the library website.

Online Consultations

Meet Your Librarian

A liaison librarian collaborates with each college. Feel free to contact them with questions!