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Study Abroad

Your Librarian

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Megan Hodge
Cabell Library
Room 121-E
(804) 827-3910

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Research Help While Abroad

Even when you're abroad, VCU librarians can help you get the information you need.  We can work with you online through various means - email, instant messaging, even video conferencing.  Just do what works best for you.  Use the Ask Us box to the left to send us an instant message or a text message, or email the librarian for study abroad students, Megan Hodge.

Don't forget that you can still do research on your own use all of VCU Libraries Online tools - the VCU Libraries Search, discipline-oriented research guides, and more.



Using VCU Libraries While You're Abroad

You can still use VCU Libraries resources in much the same way you would if you were in Richmond.  If you have any questions or concerns about the services available to you while you're abroad, feel free to contact us at


Access Articles

You can search VCU Libraries' article databases in order to access full-text articles. You'll just be prompted to enter your eID and password.  Remember to link from the library website/database list so you'll be recognized as a member of the VCU community. For example, if you try to access JSTOR by going directly to from off-campus, you may not be able to get in. If you get there by selecting JSTOR from the library's database list, though, you'll be connected to all of VCU's JSTOR content. If you have trouble, contact us and we will help you get the information you need.


Access Books

VCU Libraries will send you books in the VCU Libraries collection that you can use while you're abroad. All you need to do to ensure free shipping of these books is to create an account in ILLiad (VCU Libraries Interlibrary Loan system) and include your overseas address.  If you already have an ILLiad account, log in and change your address to your overseas address.

We'll also send you free scans of book chapters or articles that aren't online. When you submit your request, just indicate in the "notes" field that you're a student/research studying away from VCU.

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