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5 Resources Every Distance and Continuing Education Student Should Know About

Posted on Sep, 16 2013

By: Connie Jadrny, Marketing, Recruitment, and Public Relations Coordinator


The new semester has just begun and along with it comes assignments, quizzes, tests, and papers.  No doubt, at some point, you will have questions or need assistance with your coursework. 

To ensure that you are aware of the resources NDSU and the Office of Distance and Continuing have available, we have compiled this list of 5 resources every Distance and Continuing Education student should know about.


  1. Office of Distance and Continuing Education (DCE)

We are always surprised when we hear a student say they didn’t even know about our office, despite the fact that they are in online classes.  Why is it important to know about DCE?  The simple answer is, don’t go it alone. Let the staff of DCE help you succeed, that’s why we are here.  

DCE has a wealth of educational resources listed in the Student Resources section of our website or if you do not find the answer to your question look in our FAQ section.

  1. Library

If you are going to be a student you are most likely going to need to utilize the library at some point during your education.  As an NDSU Distance and Continuing Education student you are able to take advantage of the services and resources offered at the NDSU Library.

NDSU Libraries have a lot of new and improved services. Check out their website to find resources like electronic academic journals and books, access interlibrary loan services, or take a look at the online tutorials designed to support your use of the library and your research needs. HerdSearch takes the place of a traditional library catalog to bring you a wide variety of resources that you can access online. You can also use the chat reference to check in with a librarian or find out who your subject librarian is to get reference questions answered via e-mail. Your subject librarian has also developed guides to resources in your field

To access library materials off campus you will need to have your NDSU electronic login information (same login as Blackboard and Campus Connection).

  1. Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Have you met with your advisor? Do you know who your advisor is? If not, we recommend contacting the ARC to find out.  The ARC is intended to supplement the academic advising needs of all students and disciplines by providing a central point of contact to help you learn how to contact your assigned academic advisor or find other academic resources as you navigate your degree program.

You can call (701-231-8662) or email questions you may have about academic advising, and you will receive a response within 24 hours Monday through Friday.

  1. Office of Orientation and Student Success

If you find that you are struggling with coursework, it might be useful to find a tutor.  The Office of Orientation and Student Success offers online tutoring programs called Smarthinking and TutorND.  Check out their website to find out other ways they can help you succeed as a student. http://www.ndsu.edu/studentsuccess/

  1. Center for Writers

When you are writing a paper for your class, you might want to discuss your ideas with a more experienced writer.  For example, you might not understand the assignment guidelines, or you may want advice about focusing, organizing, and clarifying your ideas. You might have questions about incorporating sources into your writing or about applying the conventions of standard English grammar and punctuation.  For all your writing concerns, the Center for Writers is a great resource.  The Center for Writers offers one-on-one writing consultations in person or through Blackboard Collaborate (for out-of-area students only) as well as links to other writing resources. Connect with the Center for Writers by visiting their website at http://www.ndsu.edu/cfwriters/.