As part of its mission to
be a distinctive and global university, American University offers a variety of
options to support its study abroad programs and services for online learners.
In addition to services and resources supplied specifically by the University
Library, other sources of information about online learning can be found on the
Online Learning website.
Research specialists are available to you wherever you are
through IM and email from our Ask A Librarian page.
Research Tutorial gets you started with searching for books and articles on
your topic. You can complete the whole tutorial in about an hour or select
sections as needed.
Recommended websites for research on any discipline covered by
the AU curriculum may be found using our Subject
Catalog and Databases
The Library Catalog and 500+ databases
are available to you anywhere you have internet access.
From the expandable menu to the left, click on the Research tab.
Choose "Search the Catalog" for books, videos or music.
Choose "Search Databases" for articles.
If prompted for a login, enter your AU username and password. (Your username does not include @american.edu).
Many articles are available in full text from our databases.
Upon finding an article you want, you click on a "Find It" button to
be directed to the full text either online or in print. For more information
about how "Find It" works, click here.
If you have a technical
problem with a database, get
The Library's catalog includes thousands of
e-books from various publishers covering many subject areas. For more
information, see our E-Book
Students and faculty in online
programs may request that we send you up to 5 books through the mail (you may
only have 5 books on your account at a time), from either AU's collection or a
WRLC library. Unfortunately, we DO NOT send books internationally. Please be
aware of the following policies when requesting books be sent via mail:
Books will be checked out to your account.
Standard due dates will apply.
Renewals will follow the standard policy (3 online renewals as
long as no holds or recalls are placed on the book and fines do no exceed
$25.00. After the renewal limit has been reached the books must be returned.
The library will pay for shipping with signature confirmation
when the books are sent.
Returns will be considered as "on time" as long as the postmark
is on or before the due date.
Return postage with tracking is the responsibility of the user.
We will limit the number of materials a user can have at a time:
there can only be 5 books checked out at a time.
Please contact our staff
at firstname.lastname@example.org to request books be sent via mail or to inquire about our
Students and faculty in online programs or
researching abroad may request journal articles, book chapters, table of
contents, definitions and more be delivered as web docs to your My Library Account.
To place a request, please use this online form. For more information about Interlibrary Loan, please click here.
Over 60,000 streaming videos in the collection are searchable through the library catalog. To limit your search to only streaming videos, you can use the search box on the Streaming Video Collections page here.
streaming videos in the collection are restricted to current AU
students, faculty and staff. Off campus users will be prompted to
authenticate with their AU username and password.
with linking streaming resources to an online course, either in
Blackboard or another LMS, contact Media Services.