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As an AU student, you have access to a substantial collection of online, print, and audiovisual resources. These resources can be found on the Library’s website: In addition, the Library has created and collected a range of tutorials that students can use to learn how to use specific resources, create search strategies, and conduct research.

You may also contact the Library Information Desk (, or by phone 1-800-788-9041, ext. 6254) if you have questions or need help locating resources for assignments, citing sources, accessing library resources, or simply need to renew materials. The Library staff is always happy to assist.

Online and Onsite Resources

AU Library houses substantial collections to support you in your AU courses. Online materials are accessible from anywhere, and materials in the physical collection can be mailed to you if you send a request to the Library Information Desk.

Online resources include

  • full text journal articles
  • e-books
  • streaming audio and video materials

Materials in the Library’s physical collection include

  • books
  • audiovisual materials
  • course materials kits

How to Find Resources

If you are searching for journal articles, essays and original research, for an assignment, you can use one of the Library’s journal databases. Click on Find Resources and choose journal articles from the “Find Resources by Type” menu. You can also view listings of resources including journal databases by Subject or Name by choosing this menu option.

The Library’s Discover search tool, found in the centre of the Library homepage allows you to search for resources across a variety of platforms using one search box. To learn how to search Discover, view the video tutorial below.

Most supplementary course materials, like books, e-books and videos, can be found by searching the Library Catalogue.

If you have questions about your particular assignment or a specific resource type, you can contact AU Library staff to request assistance.

For more information about the services available to students, visit the AU Library Services website at

AU e-lab

The Athabasca University e-lab at is a collection of tools and resources made available for all Athabasca University students, staff, faculty, and affiliates. In the e-lab you will find many things to help you engage with learning and research in a richer and more effective way. You can create portfolios, use the virtual tool cupboard to enhance your course work, engage in workshops, and interact with the AU academic community via social media.

Updated January 19 2017 by Student & Academic Services

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