Distance Services

Distance Learning Library Services Manual

The C.G. O'Kelly Library in conjunction with The Office of Distance Learning at Winston-Salem State University provides library services to distance learning students and faculty. We strive to meet the information needs of distance learners and faculty.
The library supports and enhances all university instructional programs through a relevant, diverse, and current collection. We include resources beyond our library by offering electronic resources such as online databases and services such as interlibrary loan.
This manual serves as a guide to resources that are available to distance learners and faculty.
Our Distance Services Librarian is available to instruct and assist students and faculty in all aspects of library services.
Contact Information

Telephone Numbers:
  • Toll Free: 877-269-8813
  • Distance Services Librarian:
  • Information Services: 336-750-2449
  • Fax: 336-750-2459
Email Addresses:
  • Distance Learning Librarian:
  • Library:

Mailing Address:
  • C. G. O'Kelly Library
     P. O. Box 19543
     Winston-Salem, NC 27110
Web Address:
  • Library Home Page

Distance Library Services Staff
Distance Services Librarian
Distance Learning Library Services
Online Catalog

Main Types of Searches

Types of Searches



  • Click on the Author button and type in the author's or artist's Last Name First


  • Click on the Title button and type in the title of a book, journal, recording, etc.
  • You do not need to use a, an, or the at the beginning of a title


  • Click on the Keyword button and type in search terms to describe a topic
  • Keyword searches all the words in a record


  • Use Subject for Library of Congress subject headings ONLY




Link to Catalog: C.G. O’Kelly Online Catalog

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Online Databases
The library makes available a number of online databases that contain thousands of journals, magazines, newspapers, statistical data, encyclopedias, and e-books. Many are full-text and can be read online.

About Online Databases

Online Databases: An Introduction

The Electronic Resources page contains icons that represent the library's various online databases.
Online Databases Subject Chart (not a comprehensive list)


Electronic Resources Page


LexisNexis: Business News
Mergent Online


ProQuest Education Journals
Education Research Complete
Sage: Education

Health Science

CINAHL w/ Full Text
ProQuest Medical Library
ProQuest Nursing Journals


Art Full Text
Black Drama
Gale Literature Resource Center
Grove Music
Grove Art Humanities Full Text


CSA: Biotechnology
IEEE: Computer Science

Social Science

CIAO:Poltical Science
CQ Electronic Library: History and Political Science
LexisNexis: News, Law, Government and History
Sage: Criminology
Social Sciences Full Text


Project Muse
ProQuest Web


American National Biogragphy
Britannica Online
Encyclopedia of Life Sciences
Oxford Online

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Searching for Electronic Resources

Searching for specific journals, magazines, or newspapers


If there is a specific journal, or a specific database that you are looking for, then click on  “Browse Journals.”   This is located under the Research section.


Searching Databases for Articles

Users may click on a specific database or select a number of databases and search them simultaneously.


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Finding E-Reserves

1. Select either Professor or Course.
2. Type in the professor's name or the course title.
3. Click on the name of your course.
4. Click on Yes if this screen appears.
5. Use the toolbar to navigate the document.

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References Services
Reference Librarians are available during all service hours to answer your questions
Please call our toll free number, 877-269-8813, the Reference Desk, 336-750-2454, the Distance Services Librarian, or Information Services, 336-750-2449
Your may also email your questions to wssu.distance@wssu.edu or reference@wssu.edu

The reference staff provides the following services:

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Library Instruction

Library Instruction is offered on or off-campus to individuals or classes. Please schedule Instructional sessions in advance in order to accommodate all interested parties. To schedule an instruction session, please contact the Distance Learning Librarian at or wssu.distance@gmail.com
Type of Classes:
Library Orientation - A brief overview of library services and demonstration of the Online Catalog and Electronic Resources
Electronic Resources - An introduction and demonstration on using the library's online databases to assist students in locating journal articles and other information sources online for day-to-day assignments, papers and projects
Subject Specific - course instruction - Sessions designed for the needs of a specific course in collaboration with the instructor

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The Research
Step 1: Identify and develop your topic

Step 2: Find background information

Step 3: Use the online catalog to locate books and journal titles

Step 4: Use online databases and print indexes to locate journal articles and other relevant information

Step 5: Evaluate what you located

Step 6: Cite your sources using a standard format

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Circulation Procedures

Borrowing Materials at C.G. O'Kelly Library
All Winston-Salem State University distance learning students and faculty may check out materials from O'Kelly Library.

Loan Periods

Lost and Damaged Materials

Borrowing Materials from Other UNC Libraries

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Interlibrary Loan Procedures

Through Interlibrary Loan services, students and faculty may request resources (that are not in O’Kelly Library) from other libraries. The materials may be picked up at O'Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University, or you may wish to have materials mailed by the Distance Services Librarian. Patrons are responsible for all overdue charges. It is suggested that all interlibrary loan materials be returned about three days in advance of the due date, so that materials arrive on time at sponsoring library. 

Renewing Interlibrary Loan Materials

If users wish to renew materials, they must (1) contact the sponsoring library for renewing policies, or (2) contact the Distance Services Librarian so that arrangements can be made well in advance. Patrons can have no lost, damaged or overdue materials at the time of the request.
To effectively use these services, observe the following guidelines:

  1. Search the Online Catalog in O'Kelly Library and libraries within your immediate community.
  2. Allow at least 10-14 working days for the delivery of the requested items.
  3. If materials are not returned, fines accumulated or materials not picked up, Interlibrary Loan services are suspended.

Submit requests through the online forms via the Distance Services page.
Interlibrary Loan Requests: Steps

Important Contacts

Email Reference 

Telephone Reference