Prospective WebCampus Students
The Samuel C. Williams Library provides WebCampus students with a wide range of online resources and materials to fulfill their research needs. The Library provides access to over 40,000 journals available in full text online and over 33,000 electronic books. As a Stevens WebCampus student, you will have the access to the latest research published in academic and medical journals, magazines, trade papers, newspapers and electronic books, all available online using your Stevens ID. Librarians are available to offer reference and research help to all WebCampus students. With email, telephone, text, and IM support, you can easily reach a librarian for customized assistance.
The Samuel C. Williams Library is an invaluable resource for WebCampus students. The Library contains over 40,000 journals available in full text and 33,000 electronic books. All journal databases and electronic books are accessible from off-campus to both on-campus and distance education students via the Library home page.
When utilizing library resources from off campus, you may often need to access special content sites that the school subscribes to. Access to these subscriber sites is free for students, and you can login easily using your myStevens credentials.
Tutorials for Using Library Resources
The library offers tutorials and guides to help you learn about the library's resources and services. Please check out the library's YouTube Channel to find tutorials on:
How to prepare and submit your thesis or dissertation; how to find journal and ebooks; how to connect to library resources from off-campus; and a lot more.
Online Library Resources & Databases
The library databases page is the gateway to all online collections for research. Databases contain full text and abstracts, patents, standards, books, encyclopedias, and dissertations. Checking the "Info" page for each database is a good way to see if it contains the type of information you are looking for. Business Source Premier, Science Direct, SpringerLink, Academic Search Premier, IEEE Xplore, Knovel and Scopus are just a few of the databases that are available.
Electronic books can be found in the list of databases or online through the Online Library Catalog. Some of the library's electronic book collections include:
- ASM handbooks
- Britannica Encyclopedia online
- CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics
- Engineering Handbooks online
- Knovel Engineering & Scientific Online Reference
- Safari Tech Books online
- SpringerLink ebooks
At this time, distance education students are not able to check out the books located in the library or books found in WorldCat without visiting the campus in person. Books cannot be sent to an off-campus location.
Articles: Journals, Dissertations, Magazines, Newspapers
High quality research journal, magazine and newspaper articles are available in full text through the online databases. Use the full text journal finder to identify which databases contain the full text of a particular publication. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Nature, Science and the Harvard Business Review are just a sample of the 30,000 publications available online. Dissertations written by Stevens Ph.D. graduates are available online via the library’s online catalog. Use OneSearch to search across all databases at once.
Articles that are not available in full text online can be obtained through the Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery service available in the Library. Off campus students can use the Online Document Request Form to obtain articles unavailable in the library databases. The fee is $1 per article, $10 for rushed delivery service.
Librarians are available to help all students with their research questions. Librarians can be contacted either via email, phone, text, or IM. Please see the reference and research services page for information on how to contact a reference librarian.
Special Information for Faculty
Linking to articles in library databases
Most library databases provide a way to use a URL or Digital Object Identifier (DOI) that allows you to reference and point to a specific document or article that is in a library database. This is useful in situations where students need to use specific articles for a class, and is particularly useful in online course software such as WebCT or course webpages. The URL or DOI for a document doesn’t change, so from semester to semester the links don’t have to be updated. Because URLs and DOIs link directly to library databases, paper or digital copies of articles do not need to be created, thus avoiding any possible copyright infringement. Students do need to create a VPN connection to connect to the library databases from off campus to use persistent URLs or DOIs.
To find out more about using Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs), visit the faculty section of the library website.