Library Resources for Online Learning

As our campus rapidly adjusts to teaching and learning remotely, we know it can feel overwhelming. JMU Libraries is here to help you be creative and flexible in finding good quality information.

Most of our services and resources can be accessed from anywhere, using our website. No matter where you are, you still have access to research support and a wide variety of materials.

Connect from Off-campus

Almost all of the Libraries’ online resources (described on this page!) are available from off-campus, if you log in with your JMU eID and Duo. However, some of the Libraries’ resources, listed here, require you to install Pulse Secure first. Click here to install Pulse Secure and Ask the Library if you have questions about it.

NEW: Free academic resources online

Library Books, Articles, Database, Movies & More

JMU Libraries’ Quick Search
Use Quick Search on the Libraries’ home page to find our e-books, books, articles, videos, music, and more. Visit the Special Searches page to search for online resources like e-books, streaming videos, and images.

Find an alphabetical listing of all JMU Libraries databases. Look for the “All Database Types” drop-down menu to filter by video, images, statistics, government information, and more.

We provide access to e-books across many different subject areas. You can view a list of the e-book collections and also learn more about finding and using ebooks  from JMU Libraries.

Streaming Movies
On Kanopy, you can stream feature films, documentaries, the Criterion Collection, and more. You can also browse online videos in our collection. Find even more options for free streaming videos here. Not sure how streaming works? Learn how streaming works here.

Free Media for Creative Use
This guide highlights audio, image, and video resources that you can freely use! They are available under Creative Commons, public domain, or JMU license. Find information about Copyright for Distance Education on our Online Teaching and Learning Guide.

LinkedIn Learning
In LinkedIn Learning you’ll find streaming video tutorials on over 2,000 courses in 3D animation, audio, business, CAD, design, development, photography, video creation, web design, and much more.

Open Educational Resources
This guide showcases a ton of online, interactive, free educational resources for professors, students, or anyone to use anywhere.

JMU Scholarly Commons
Explore selected research and scholarship from the JMU community in the JMU Scholarly Commons. You’ll find peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations, JMU Special Collections materials, and more.

Research Help

Research Guides
JMU Librarians have created research guides that focus on specific subjects and JMU courses. Use these guides to find the best books, e-books, research databases, journals, website, and other resources for your research.

Ask the Library
Have a question about finding our using resources? Please use Ask the Library.

Liaison Librarians
If you have more in-depth or detailed research questions, you can also contact a Liaison Librarian. These librarians are subject experts who are ready to help with discipline-specific research.

Specialized Libraries at JMU
The Educational Technology and Media Center, Music Library, and Special Collections also provide online materials and email-based help.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) update

We are able to process requests for articles and book chapters from other institutions for some materials held in electronic format. ILL is no longer able to request books from other institutions or scan items from the JMU Libraries’ collection. Read more.

Virginia Cooperative Borrowing Program

If you would like to check out books from other universities’ libraries in Virginia, the Cooperative Borrowing Program may be of interest. Through this program, you may be able to borrow materials from some academic libraries in Virginia with your JACard. View the list of libraries participating in this program. We recommend contacting any institution you plan to visit or checking this page about academic library closures, as hours of operation are frequently changing in our current situation.

More Information

For more information about teaching and learning online, please visit our Online Teaching & Learning Guide.

For information about online and distance learning policies, enrollment, programs, and other resources, please visit JMU Online and Distance Learning.