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COLA 100LA Simms: Library Guides

Ideas for using the library remotely during the COVID-19 shutdown.

How can I use the library when the library has been shut down?

True, the library buildings have been closed for the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, but the library is more than a building.  A library is an organization that fosters self-directed learning in the community it serves.  And we are working very hard to make sure everyone has what they need to keep learning even though our circumstances have changed.

Fostering learning requires three things, all of which we still have:

  1. People:  Library staff are still doing their normal jobs from home.  Because much of what we do takes place online, the adjustment hasn't been too bad.  Last week, I gave a presentation to 400 people from my kitchen!  It was weird, but it worked.  If I can do that, I can certainly work with you on your questions about research.  See the info below about getting in touch.
  2. Resources:  All of our databases are up and running, so it's still easy to get access to our electronic resources.  The videos below give you the basics of finding ebooks and articles online.  But those videos just barely scratch the surface.  If your needs are different, please let me know!
  3. Places for people to meet and pursue their research:  While our physical space is closed, our virtual options are all up and running.  Our library website is brand-new this semester, and it's a big improvement over what we had before.  And we are still staffing our usual channels for communicating with students -- you can find those here:

So, you still have very rich research options at your disposal, and we're still eager to assist when you have questions.  Keep on learning!

Wishing you peace and health in this challenging time,


Teaching and Learning Librarian

Mark Lenker's picture
Mark Lenker
4505 South Maryland Pkwy.
Box 457001
Las Vegas, Nevada

Problems with online access?

Consult with Mark the Librarian

Working with students on their research is by far the best part of my job.  We have several options for working together:

  • Email me at
  • We can talk over the phone (email me first, and I'll share my contact info).
  • UNLV provides nice Webex conferencing software, which is basically like Facetime or Skype but with more options for sharing information.  We can also chat through Google Hangouts. Use the "schedule appointment" button on the left to find a time that works for you, and I will be in touch to make arrangements for our web meeting.

For more options for assistance, see


Finding Books (including E-books)

Finding Articles

Questions about citing your sources?

The Library has collected some helpful resources on this page.

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