Distance Learning

Resources for UT Dallas Students Enrolled in Distance Education Classes

What resources are available at the UTD Library?

Can a librarian help me to find and use the resources at UTD library?

Yes. There are several ways for you to contact a librarian:
  • Click on the Ask A Librarian button askalib that is available on any page, and then choose the most convenient way to reach a librarian
  • Use the Chat with a Librarian Instant Message box that is available in the bottom right hand corner of the page.  A librarian will be available most times that the library is open.
  • Call the Reference Desk at 972-883-2643

How do I get my Net ID?

Net ID is your User ID to login to any UTD computer resource.  Go to to set up you Net ID account.
Go to if you have forgotten your Net ID or password.

Why would I need a Net ID if I’ll never be on campus?

You will need your Net ID to access all of the library’s electronic resources (reserves, journal articles, eBooks, interlibrary loan, etc.) from off campus.

How can I get books and paper articles?

Use Interlibrary Loan Services to get UTD paper materials delivered to you (distance learners only). Contact Travis Goode for assistance in obtaining materials and options for document delivery.

What if I am an online student, but I live in one of the counties listed below?

Distance Learners are UTD students who live outside the boundaries of Collin, Dallas, Denton, Rockwall, or Tarrant counties.

You would not be classified as a Distance Learner. You would still be able to access the electronic resources from off campus using your Net ID, but you would have to come on campus to use the print resources. You would then need a Comet Card, which you can get at the Comet Center in the Student Union on campus.

What is a Comet Card?

It is your UTD ID card and is also your UTD library card.

Will I need a Comet Card?

Only if you will be on campus and wish to use the library resources or if you need an ID that shows that you are a student at UTD. You may obtain your Comet Card at the Comet Center in the Student Union, or send an email to the Comet Card Office requesting an ID.
Email must include:

  1. Complete Student name.
  2. Return mailing address (where to mail card).
  3. A .JPG “head shot” photo file attached to the email. The photo should be taken in front of a white background.
  4. Fax a copy of Driver’s License (copy must be enlarged so we can see the picture on it). The fax is 972-883-6144

Can I use my Comet Card to check out from other libraries in my Area?

Yes. You can Apply for A Texshare Card which will allow you to borrow from another participating Texas library. It is only valid in Texas and must be accompanied by your Comet Card.

Can I get materials that aren’t owned by UTD?

Yes, all UTD students may use the Interlibrary Loan Service to obtain materials from another library. (we will find which library to borrow from) Contact Travis Goode if you need help using Interlibrary Loan.

How can I get help with citations and bibliographies?

From the Useful Websites select “Citations and Style Manuals”. This is a collection of websites that explain how to use the various style manuals. Also, RefWorks (a citation manager) will help with citations and bibliographies. If you need help setting up your RefWorks account, or using RefWorks you may email or call Chris Edwards, [email protected], 972-883-2614.

What if I need more help?

Use the Help pages and tutorials provided by the databases. The librarians have also made some tutorials and handouts.