Online Materials

Many of the materials you need will be available online. The Library provides access to thousands of online books and journal articles.

Online Books

Online books are entered into the Library Catalog just like paper books. When you do a search look for the icon and the words E-book. You may see a URL listed, or you may see the words Click for Online Full Text. Follow the instructions to access the book.


Online Articles

To see if an article is online, look for the words Full-Text, PDF Full-Text, HTML Full-Text, or similar. Clicking the link will open the article. You can then read, save, and email the entire article.

If you don't see full-text for an article you need, check the other online resources because it may be available somewhere else. Look for the SFX button. When you click it, the system will search for any available full-text in all of the available databases.


Sometimes you may have all the information about an article and you want to see if it is online. Perhaps you found it in a bibliography or your instructor gave you the information and suggested you read the article. There are a couple of ways you can see if it is available.

  1. Go to the Library Databases page
  2. Click on the Find eJournal button
  3. Type the Journal Title into the search box and click "GO"
  4. If your journal is available online you will see a list of databases that contain full text for that journal and the dates available. Choose one of the databases and do a search for the article.

Another method...

  1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above
  2. At the Title Search page, click on the CitationLinker tab
  3. Fill in the information about the article you need, including Journal Title, Date, Volume Number, and Starting Page Number
  4. Click GO

If the article is available online you will see a list of databases. Click one to go straight to the article.


If you have questions, contact a Librarian through our Ask-a-Librarian page.

Materials not Online

Borrowing Agreement

USF St. Petersburg students who attend ALL of their classes online or at remote locations, and who have a valid USF ID card are able to receive books and articles via mail. This document delivery service has limitations and should be cleared through the USF St. Petersburg Interlibrary Loan Unit at 727-873-4549 or ill@nelson.usf.edu before submitting. Before making a request, you will need to set up an acount on the Library's ILLiad system.

As a USFSP student, you may use other libraries in the State University System and the Community College System in Flordia. If you live near one of these libraries you may want to see if your material is available there. You will need a USF ID card to gain access.

To make a request, log in to the Library's Illiad system. Select the type of item and fill in the information. Articles may be sent via email or by regular mail. Books will be sent by regular mail. You are responsible for return postage and returning the book on time.


Students and faculty can renew certain materials through the online renewal service. Go to the Libraries of the USF System homepage and click the link Online Renewal, then click go to online renewal service on the following page. Enter your 14 digit library number and your 4 digit pin (last four digits of your social security number) and select USF as your university. You should see a list of your current materials on loan and their due dates. Follow the system instructions for renewing the materials. If you experience difficulty with the online renewal system, please call the Poynter Library Circulation Desk at 727-873-4405 or email the Circulation Unit staff at circ@nelson.usf.edu. NOTE: After successfully renewing materials, remember to print the page for your records! Proof of renewal is required in the event of system errors and for disputing fines/fees.