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, Jonathan Siler.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can search VCU Libraries' article databases in order to access full-text articles and ebooks. 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 jstor.org 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.
We'll also send you free scans of book chapters or articles that aren't online. All you need to do to is to create an account in ILLiad (VCU Libraries Interlibrary Loan system) and include your overseas address. When you submit your request, just indicate in the "notes" field that you're a student/research studying away from VCU. There may be a chance that Interlibrary Loan can also connect you with local libraries that can provide you your materials. Learn all you need to know about the Interlibrary Loan system.
Normally, students overseas should be able to enjoy accessing our materials, but sometimes technical issues can arise. Certain areas such as military bases or countries with heightened online restrictions can cause frequent technical issues. If you ever have trouble accessing materials, contact us and we can help! The most common technical issues for oversea students are: