Distance Students FAQs
Why bother with the library?
I am studying in a program at Regent College or Carey Theological College but because I do not live near the Allison Library what resources do I have access to?
Regent and Carey Distance Education students (students studying at a distance) from the campus can:
Receive research help (including assistance obtaining journal
articles) from the Allison Library Reference Librarian [via telephone,
email or chat]. Reference Librarian Contact Information
Access Theolog [the shared online catalogue of Regent, Carey, VST and St. Mark’s] to find books and resources at the Allison Library
Access most of the Allison database subscriptions [article indexes and some full-text articles] off-site via Ezproxy or usernames and passwords. Please contact distance education or reference@regent-college for more information.
Access UBC databases with UBC Card and pin.
Receive electronically delivered journal articles or book chapters that are not available in full text through either Allison or UBC library databases. [Access to UBC resources requires a UBC card.]
Receive borrowing privileges from many academic
libraries across Canada with the use of a COPPUL card. Students with a
valid UBC Card can request a COPPUL Card from UBC. This request can be
made in person at the Koerner Library, Robson Square Library, or UBC
Why would I want to use Theolog (the Allison Library catalogue)? I can’t come in to borrow the book.
Theolog’s combined records include the
entire collections of Carey, Regent, St. Mark’s and the Vancouver
School of Theology; over 200,000 records. Searching for items in
Theolog is more effective than searching in Google Books because you
are searching a theological research library collection rather than
searching for ‘anything’ ‘anywhere’.
Does the Allison Library send out items to distance education students?
The Allison Library is not set up to send out
materials to distance students HOWEVER, we will try to help you locate a
copy nearer to you or assist your search so you can submit an
Interlibrary loan request through your local public library.
Distance Education students (particularly those in North America)
will find that their local public library can be a great resource for
research materials. Your local library may not have the items needed on
their shelves but they can, very often, obtain resources through
Interlibrary Loans; and this service is usually free.