Library Services for Distance and Continuing Education Students



Reference Desk
Phone: (902) 867-2242
Fax: (902) 867-5153 (Attn: Distance Education)

The information provided below is to help students at a distance from StFX successfully access and navigate the appropriate library resources to complete their coursework or research. The StFX Library offers the following support to distance and continuing education students to help them reach this goal:

  • Advice on library procedures
  • Help with problems involving library cards
  • Document Delivery
  • Instruction on how to do literature searches
  • Assistance with accessing difficult-to-locate material

Services listed above will be provided by:

  • Reference Department: Librarians are available at select times to teach you how to find sources and help expand or focus your search.

    • Outside of regular Reference Desk hours, you can also speak with a Librarian through our Live Chat Service

  • Access Services: For inquiries about your library account, contact the Access Services Desk at

  • Document Delivery Services: Contact

  • IT Services: If you need assistance with your webFX credentials or any other technology related isue, please contact IT Services at

Starting Your Research From a Distance

You may choose to start your research at the StFX Angus L. Macdonald Library or at a library near you. Either way, here is what you need to get started:

Create/Update Your Library Account: Your StFX ID also serves as your library card.  This card identifies you as a bona fide student at STFX and provides you with borrowing privileges within Nova Scotia in the event that you need to use Document Delivery Services for an item which you cannot directly access.  If you are a distance student who cannot come to STFX to get an official STFX ID, please proceed with the registration, leaving the barcode field blank.  Create your Library Account here.

How do I log in to my library account? View Video

There are two numbers you must keep in mind to successfully complete a Document Delivery transaction: the 14-digit number at the bottom of your picture id which starts with 2199300 (that number is your library ID), and the last four digits of the phone number you provided at the time of registration at the library (usually your home phone number).

CAUL Card: Should you wish to borrow books or other printed resources in-person from university libraries outside Nova Scotia, you will need a CAUL card. Contact Kris MacSween, Access Services Manager, for more information.

BARA: Borrow Anywhere Return Anywhere: In Nova Scotia, you can borrow or return books from and to any public, academic or community college library. If you are in NS, please make use of this service as often as you can to locate and return your items in a timely manner.

Searching for Print and Online Sources

1. Visit the library website:

2. Searching for books: Use WorldCat, Novanet or Google Scholar from the Library's main search box. Remember to check our E-Books for content that may be relevant to your research interests.

3. Searching for articles: From the Electronic Resources list select your database of choice; e.g. Proquest

4. If unsure of which database to select go to the list of Subject Guides and select your subject. The subject guide will provide a list of relevant databases to start with. Here is a list of some appropriate databases for education research 

5. Whenever you try to log into these resources from a distance you will be prompted by the proxy server to enter your webfx username and password. If your password has expired, you can renew online or contact IT

If your selected article is not full-text, use the Document Delivery Form to request the article which will be sent to you within a relatively short time and as long as it can be located.


Library News

Fri, October, 11, 2019

Since the hack of the University’s systems and subsequent shutdown of our local servers in November of last year, library staff have been working to restore access to our digital collections (yearbooks, StFX... Read more

Wed, September, 4, 2019

Get a jump on your papers and research - sign up for one of our Research Skills Workshops today!

Wed, June, 19, 2019

We are happy to announce that access to Gaelstream has been partially restored on a new host ( Read more

Mon, June, 17, 2019

Please be advised that we are migrating our Digital Collections to a new platform over the next few weeks and access to these collections will be limited. If you have an urgent need for items from any of these... Read more

Tue, March, 19, 2019

Please be advised that Google Scholar is not working for off-campus users when accessed via the the Angus L. MacDonald Library website.  Off-campus users will not see the “Check for full text @ X” link, however... Read more