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Library Resources for Remote Research & Instruction: Home

This guide will point you to resources that will help you do research and teach remotely.

We're Here to Help

Welcome to the Mansfield Library and Payne Family Library's Remote Research & Instruction Guide. Our goal is to provide equitable library services for students and faculty off campus. As a student, staff, or faculty member at UM, you are entitled to useful and easy-to-use library services and resources for research or instructional purposes no matter where you are studying or working. Explore the services and instructions throughout the guide, and please contact us with questions!

This guide provides timely information that assists UM students and faculty remote learning and teaching. Please check back frequently for updates.

Connect to Your Library Account from Off Campus

Log into your library account with your NetID (if you're a UM student or employee) or your Montana Borrower account (alumni, retirees, or the general public) to get the most complete search results:*

  • From the library home page, click the on “My Library Accounts” in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Click on “My Library Account (OneSearch)" and log in using your NetID or Montana Borrower account.

*NOTE: If you are connecting to wifi on campus using your personal laptop, be sure to connect to the eduroam network (instead of grizzlyguest) for the best experience. Many library resources are inaccessible using the grizzlyguest network. Learn more about how to connect to eduroam.

What research assistance is available?

Below are multiple ways to access help:

  • Consult the online research guides for subject-specific guidance as well as information on citation formatting, copyright, and open educational resources, among other topics.
  • Ask questions via "Chat with a Librarian" from the library homepage from 9am-5pm Monday-Thursday and 9am-1pm Friday. Submit questions using the "Email a Librarian" link from the library homepage outside of those hours.
  • Schedule a Zoom meeting for in-depth research assistance by contacting us.*
  • View online videos and tutorials covering information literacy and critical thinking, as well as related topics and skills.

*NOTE: Zoom meetings are not recorded. In alignment with the American Library Association's Library Bill of Rights, the Mansfield Library advocates for, educates about, and protect people’s privacy, safeguarding all library use data, including personally identifiable information.

For citation assistance:

Currently Free Resources (in response to COVID-19)

In addition to the 200+ databases the library provides for the UM community (via NetID access off-campus), below are resources currently free in response to the virus outbreak, including many that offer eTextbooks and eBooks.

Access is also now available to the following databases:

How do I access course reserve materials not available online?

We are not circulating physical reserve items during summer session. If we have a reserve item you need, please contact or call us at 406-243-4071. We can scan chapters and supply them electronically.

How do I access books and journal articles?

All users (students, faculty, staff, Montana Borrowers, alumni, and retirees) can request books and media by placing holds in OneSearch for curbside pickup or campus delivery. You can view the following video tutorial on how to place a hold for an item below:

Please submit requests for all journal articles through Interlibrary Loan. Visit OneSearch Tips for more information on how to navigate our search engine.

Can I use Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

Yes, ILL services are available. We strive to provide the most efficient turnaround time possible for requests, although wait times may currently be longer than usual.

When are my items due? How can I renew materials?

As of this year, University of Montana students, faculty and staff no longer receive overdue fines on general items. However, failure to renew or return an item after it is 40 days overdue will result in the item being billed to the borrower as lost. Users can renew general items online from the library website by logging into their My Library Account. Please visit our Check Out Policies page for more details and contact the Circulation Department (406-243-4071 or if you have any check out-related questions or concerns. We're here to help!

How do I return library materials?

The book drop is currently open to receive materials. If you have a laptop to return, please call the Circulation Department (406-243-4071 or M-F 8AM-5PM to make an appointment to return it. Please do NOT put a laptop in the book drop.

Contact the Circulation Department (406-243-4071 or if you have questions about materials you have checked out.