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McCormick Library Distance Learning with Primary Sources


This guide provides an overview of distance education with primary source materials and information on how McCormick Library staff can support your digital learning, research, and teaching. Our subject specialists, librarians, and staff members are ready to assist with online teaching and learning. We can also offer guidance on accessing digitized primary source materials, both at Northwestern and other locations.

McCormick Library Instructional Support

  • McCormick Library Instruction Request Form
  • Email us with any questions.
  • One-on-one library consultations online: Librarians, curators, and copyright and publishing experts are available to provide one-on-one consultations online. We are available to answer questions by email, and can also talk with you through Zoom.
  • Assistance with course development: We are happy to help you think through redesigning your research assignments in this new environment and work with you to integrate library research into your online class.
  • Class instruction: We are also available to provide online library instruction in your class. Contact us with your course information and we can work out the details of providing that instruction via Zoom through your Canvas site.
  • Course Reserves: Even though the library buildings are closed, we can provide access to some materials through our online collections. We will resume scanning of print materials and capture of video when staff return to campus. In the meantime, feel free to consult with me about access to alternatives or publisher resources. Learn more about current Course Reserves options.
  • Interlibrary loan: Currently, we are not able to fulfill interlibrary loans of physical items or scans of print materials because the interlibrary loan system is not operating at the national level. We will continue to provide access to content already available in digital formats.