Researching at a distance
Postal Loans Service: If you are registered as a distance learning researcher you can ask for up to three library books to be posted to your home address. See the Postal Loans page for more information.
If you are away on fieldwork, working on or writing up your thesis at a distance from Durham Univeristy you will still need access to library resources.
We can help you work at a distance in a number of ways:
- checking your library record
- accessing e-resources subscribed to by Durham
- making use of the electronic aspects of the Document Delivery Service
- keeping up to date with new journals and books that you may not have the opportunity to read while away
- using other libraries for your research
This page brings together information on these areas as well as covering Endnote Web, a web-based version of the bibliographic software.
Our pages for distance students may also contain relevant information.
If you are unable to return the book and it is not wanted by anyone else, you can renew items up to ten times online through your library record.
Please remember that a book can be recalled at any time and you will have to return it within one week. You will be emailed at your Durham email address to inform you of thew revised date. If you are not in Durham or Stockton you will be expected to return the book by post. If you will not have regualr email access it is recommended that you return all items before you leave Durham. Charges apply for late returns.
You will have access to all our e-resources when not in Durham or Stockton. Please access them via the catalogue to ensure that you are given access to all the resources we subscribe to. If you try and access a database directly from a search engine it won't know how to check you are a Durham researcher. By going via the catalogue you will be asked to enter your ITS username and password, the ones used for accessing your Durham email account.
There are some resources that do not make use of this method of authentication when off-campus. This is highlighted on the library catalogue entry for the resource. You will then need to check the list of passwords and enter them into the prompt box when accessing it.
If you are still having problems and believe that you should have access to a resource, please contact the e-resources enquiry service.
You can still make use of the Document Delivery Service while away from university as many journal articles are delivered elctronically and can be sent direct to your desktop. It is important to try the test document first to ensure that your computer is set up correctly. If you cannot open this it may be possible to post the article to a UK address. Please contact the Document Delivery Team for clarification. Books and other print material cannot be sent to you.
If you are researching elsewhere in the UK or Ireland you can make use of the SCONUL Access scheme to visit, and in many cases, borrow from other univeristy libraries. More information is available from our page on visiting other university libraries.
If the library you wish to visit is not a member of the scheme or you are visiting a library outside the UK we recommend that you contact them in advance to explain the purpose of your visit. Many libraries are happy to allow visiting researchers reference-only access to their collections. If you require a letter of recommendation, the library is happy to supply one.
This is a web-based version of the bibliographic software Endnote. It is accessed via the the database Web of Knowledge. By using Endnote Web you can keep your library up to date while working away from the university, without having to purchase a separate copy of the software for your laptop or computer. You can continue to import references from databases and create a bibliography for written documents. It also has the advantage of enabling you to share your Endnote library with colleagues or a supervisor. A tutorial is available to help you get started using Endnote Web.