Digital Services and Systems
  1. Ask a Librarian Chat Widget
  2. Canned Catalog Searches
  3. Ebrary Reader
  4. EZProxy
  5. Interlibrary Loan
  6. Link Resolver
  7. Social Networking
  8. Turnitin

Ask a Librarian Chat Widget

You can chat with a librarian using the “Ask A Librarian” box on the left side of many pages on the library website.  You also have the ability to e-mail yourself a log of your chat for future reference.

Canned Catalog Searches

We can now provide links to the library catalog that perform a predetermined search. For example, we recently created a link to the Rollins College China Center Collection, a collection of books on Chinese culture and business generously donated by Professor Linda Sprague. Similar links could be useful to list materials from Blackboard, other course pages, departmental or program pages, or e-mail messages.

For instructions on how to construct a canned catalog search of your own, click here.

If you need further instruction, ask a librarian.

Ebrary Reader

Ebrary is a collection of over 40,000 e-books from multiple disciplines.  While Ebrary allows you to "instantly open documents in QuickView by clicking on a book jacket or title" without and additional downloads or software, Ebrary also includes a reader utility for their books, which provides an alternative method to view their content.

For PC users, installation of the reader is easy.  Simply click the Ebrary Reader button next to any title and the plugin will install. 
Mac users can install the reader by clicking here.


The library uses software to provide improved access to databases and online journals. This software, called EZproxy, improves off-campus access and simplifies connections on-campus. When connecting to databases on campus, EZproxy is virtually invisible; you no longer need to enter a username or password. From off-campus, you must enter your Rollins e-mail username and password, but do not have to install any local client software. The idea is that it is more intuitive and less obtrusive for all our users. Hopefully, you hardly notice it at all.

If you have created shortcuts or bookmarks to specific databases or journals, you may need to update those. If you encounter any problems the first time you access our updated pages, you might need to refresh them in your browser to eliminate cached older versions.  Also, a link to a digital resource through EZProxy should contain the Rollins EZProxy prefix, .  This prefix tells your browser to take you directly to one of our databases if you are on campus, or to the EZProxy login page and to the database if you are off campus.

If you are having trouble logging into your account or have forgotten your password, you can reset all of your Rollins passwords here.  If you attempted to login three times unsuccessfully, your account was probably automatically locked by IT.  E-mail them to unlock your account, and use the above link to change your password.

Interlibrary Loan

The Olin Library provides interlibrary loan service that results in easier requesting and faster turnaround time.

Click here to set up your account  using your FoxID logon.

Our interlibrary loan service remains free to all Rollins students, faculty, and staff, and there is no limit on the number of requests you may submit. Here is how we hope it makes your life easier:

1. You only have to enter your personal information once. Unless you change your address etc. you never have to do it again.

2. If you find out about a book or journal article when searching one of the databases provided by the library and the book or the article is not available online or on campus, simply clicking on the Find It! button will enable you to place an interlibrary loan request and you will not need to retype any of the information about the article or book. Just click the button at the bottom of the page and you're done.

3. Using your FoxID and password gives you access to your interlibrary loan account from on or off campus, anytime day or night. You can place requests, view what you have on order, check on the status of your request, cancel requests, and review all your old requests.

4. When your materials arrive, if they were sent online (and most journal articles are) you will receive an e-mail with a link to the article that you can then view or print out. This link will be active for 30 days. If your materials arrive in print, you will receive e-mail letting you know the items are ready for pick up at the Circulation Desk.

Link Resolver

Olin uses a link resolver service that makes database searching at Rollins both easier and more powerful. If one of our databases indexes an article but does not contain the full text, and the full text of the article is available in another one of our resources, the link resolver creates a link from the citation to the full article. This service also works with searches in Google Scholar and will provide stable links to articles that can be included in Blackboard or course web pages.

You will recognize the library's link resolver in action by the distinctive Find It! image.

If you are having trouble with the link resolver, you can find a list of solutions here.

Social Networking

The library maintains accounts with several social networking services.  The links to our accounts are located at the bottom of the left side of every page on the library website.

Blogger:  The Director's Blog contains the Olin Director Jonathan Miller's thoughts on the library, with the latest news on current developments and discussions of the library in general.  You can subscribe to the blog by going here and clicking the subscribe now button.

Facebook: If you have a Facebook account, you can become a fan of the Olin Library and get updates and the latest news on our page.  We also have a chat interface that allows you to contact a reference librarian directly from the page.  Any questions, comments, or suggestions about the library's Facebook page can be directed to Paul Gindlesperger or Bill Svitavsky.

Flickr: The Olin Flickr account contains photos of the library and events that take place here.

FourSquare:  The Olin Library is a location where FourSquare users can check-in and leave tips.

Goodreads:  Join our group on Goodreads to participate in discussions with Olin librarians about books.

Instagram:  Olin faculty and staff post pictures to our Instagram account, under the username olinlibrary.  Follow us, and be sure to tag your Instagram photos of us with #olinlibrary so that we can see them!

Pinterest:  Olin is on Pinterest as well.

Twitter: News and alerts are posted regularly on the Olin Twitter account.

Yelp:  Olin also have a page on Yelp.  You can write reviews and check in if you are a Yelp user.

Youtube:  Subscribe to our YouTube channel for instructional videos.

Each page on the library website also has a Share button, which lets you quickly and easily share each page on this website in many social networking services.


To assist faculty and students in detecting instances of plagiarism, the Olin Library has subscribed to Turnitin.  The Olin library no longer administers Turnitin.  Faculty who wish to set up a Turnitin account should e-mail the Turnitin administrator, Carrie Schulz at

Information for faculty is an Internet resource for teaching about, deterring, and identifying plagiarism. By submitting student papers, faculty can use the resource to detect instances of outright plagiarism or more subtle problems in the use of paraphrasing or citation. Papers submitted to Turnitin are checked against the free Internet, published works such as ABI/Inform and Proquest, and every paper previously submitted to Turnitin. Faculty can get a quick start manual for using Turnitin by accessing the Web site at . The service also offers handouts to use with students and ideas for discussing plagiarism, copyright, and fair use.

We ask faculty who use the service to comment on the software's value and effectiveness by submitting an evaluation form.

Information for students

Your instructor may submit student papers to or choose to ask a class to submit written assignments on their own as a part of instruction on the ethical use of information. The service matches papers to its own large database of essays, as well as to paid and free information available on the Internet, and provides the student and/or faculty member with an "originality report."

If your instructor is using Turnitin with your class, you will be given a class ID number and enrollment password. At, you will create a user profile and use the class ID and enrollment password to enroll in the class.