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Information Management (MIM) Research & Writing Guide

This is a research and writing guide development for MIM students. Please contact your librarian, Lindsay McNiff, for help with research; Contact Dr. Margie Clow Bohan, the director of the Writing Centre, for remote assistance with writing.

Off campus research: What you will need

  • Use your NetID to log in to library resources from off campus.
  • Register your Dal card as your library card as soon as possible! 
  • Quick video on Remote Access to Research Materials

Your NetID will allow you to log in to Dalhousie subscriptions (such as journals, databases, and other online resources) from anywhere. Check out this quick video if you have questions about remote access to library resources.

If you have a NetID that has not yet been activated, visit the NetID & Password page.

When accessing Dalhousie online library resources off campus, you will be prompted to login with your NetID. The screen will look like this:


You Dal card is your library card, but not until you register! Registering is easy, and can be done online. Please note that it takes 24 hours for your registration to be processed. Register online using this form.

If you would like help with registration, here is a short video tutorial on registering your Dal card as your library card.

Important! When filling out the form, make sure to click YES to register for a CAUL card. This card will allow you to visit and borrow books from most university libraries in Canada. 

If you do not yet have a Dal card, please phone the DalCard Office (902-494-2334) to obtain your barcode that you can use to register.

Why is the CAUL (Council of Atlantic University Libraries) card so great for distance students?

  • The CAUL card lets you borrow material in person from almost any Canadian university library. If you are a distance student at Dal but live in another city with a university, you may be able to borrow from their library! Here is a full list of participating libraries.

How do I register for a CAUL card?

  • When registering your Dal card as your library card using this form, make sure to check "Yes" to apply for a CAUL card. The card will arrive by mail. 

Distance students will want to take advantage of our free Document Delivery services. Books from Dalhousie and other universities can be delivered to your home! Watch this video to learn more - Document Delivery for Distance Students (video).

On-campus students can also take advantage of Document Delivery to order books and articles that are not available at Dal. Watch this video to learn more - Document Delivery (video).

More short videos on ordering resources:

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Video Tutorials

Registering Your Dal Card                      Document Delivery for Distance students


Document Delivery: Get books that are not at Dal

The book/journal you need isn't at Dalhousie - what to do?

Interlibrary Loans (Novanet Express Holds) or Document Delivery to the rescue!

First - is it in Novanet?

Items listed in Novanet may be requested via the Novanet Express service by clicking the "Available at other Novanet Libraries" option, then click "Sign in" to place a hold. You can choose which library you want the book delivered to when you sign in with your Dal Card barcode and 4-digit PIN.

Novanet Express requested items are guaranteed delivery within 3 business days.
You will be notified by email when your requested material arrives. All requested items are to be picked up at the Circulation desk.

Screen shot underlining "sign in" link on Novanet, under "Get it" heading.

Then click "Hold"

Screen shot with "hold" link, click on "sign in" to reveal this option.

Or, click on the Document Delivery option

Screen shot of the left-most column in Novanet item pop-up window, "document delivery" option is the second to last link.

Choose the "Document Delivery" option from the list by clicking the "Go" button will take you to the Document Delivery request form. The same login is required. The form will be automatically filled in with the information of the item you want but please check that the information is complete, add a "need by date" and any notes, click on the box next to the copyright statement and submit the request.

Screen shot of Novanet item access options. Click the "go" option beside document delivery.

Document Delivery requests filled by any Atlantic Canadian university library will also normally arrive within 3 business days. If the material is not locally available delivery times will vary. You will be notified by email when books arrive, pick up is available from the Dalhousie library of your choice.
*King’s users must use the King's Document Delivery service.

Articles will be delivered by e-mail link to your registered Dalhousie/King's email address.

If the item isn't in Novanet

If you searched for an item that didn't show up in Novanet, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "try your search in WorldCat."

Screen shot of the very bottom of a Novanet item pop-up window, under the "not finding what you're looking for?" heading, option to link out to WorldCat.

Then find the item you want in WorldCat, click on it, and click on "Request Item through Document Delivery." You will be asked to log in. This will auto fill the Document Delivery form. Check that the information is accurate, then choose your delivery location and "Need by" date. 

Screen shot of WorldCat web page item pop-up window, option to request item through Document Delivery under "availability" heading.


Use the following link to Dal's Document Delivery webpage and choose "Patron Request Form." The same Document Delivery login and services as described above apply. Select the appropriate "Loan/Book" or "Copy/Article" option. Fill in the form and submit the request.