Kirkland Campus faculty can have the library set aside books and other physical items for use by students in their classes. You can find our reserves policies and submit a reserves request by using the link above.
- If your class requires students to read a specific book or to select from a list of books, please place those books on reserve prior to the assignment.
- You can place books on reserve for either 2 hours or 3 days. Try to avoid creating bottlenecks at the library by sending too many students to too few resources.
- If you want students to read one chapter or less from a book, please scan the section and place it on your Discovery class site. (See the Copyright section at the bottom of the page.)
- Books and articles obtained via interlibrary loan cannot be place on reserve.
- For books which are not textbooks, the library may be able to purchase an electronic copy that allows for simultaneous use by multiple students.
- The library no longer provides article reserves. Please upload articles to the Discovery site for your class or include a link to the article on the library website.
- Note: Do not use the link from the address bar, as it will expire at the end of your browser session. Go to the article, then look for the “Permalink” link and copy the text that it displays. Feel free to contact the library for assistance in locating articles for your class.
The NU Library welcomes faculty suggestions of materials that support the Northwest University curriculum, promote personal and professional development, and encourage lifelong learning.
- If you need specific books, eBooks, or videos for your class, please let us know before the term begins. Videos we purchase will be put in the general library collection. It is up to you to place a hold on videos for the time you need them.
- Journal subscriptions must be tied to a specific assignment. The library does not subscribe to individual journals exclusively for faculty use or for general subject support. All journal subscriptions are in electronic format. Interlibrary loan is available for your personal research needs.
- Database subscriptions must be useful for multiple classes and assignments.
The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service allows you to request books, articles and more from other libraries.
ILL for Salem, Sacramento, Nampa, and Online-Only Faculty
Interlibrary loan of books and other physical items is currently only available for faculty who can travel to the Kirkland Campus. Articles may be requested through interlibrary loan regardless of physical location, and are delivered via email.
Faculty have a 90 day checkout period for most books in the library and 30 days for videos. You can renew items one time using the My Account link at the top of the library homepage. With a current NU ID card, you can check out materials directly from SPU, SU, PLU, UPS, SMU and other partner libraries in the region.
Directing Students to Library Resources
Help your students find quality sources for their papers by directing them to library resources.
- Place a link to the appropriate subject guide (located on the left of this page) on your Discovery site.
- Mention or require certain resources be used. Educate your students about the most important academic research resources in their field.
- Invite a librarian to talk to your class.
- Not sure what is available in your subject area? We will meet with you one-on-one.
On Your Syllabus
- Review your assignments. Make sure they can be completed with the available resources.
- If you are directing students to the library for a specific resources, make sure to place it on reserve.
- Verify with the library that any eBooks you mention are licensed for multiple simultaneous users.
- Require the use of library resources in your assignments and specify databases by name.
- Update your course bibliography and send it to the library.
Critical Thinking Skills
The NU Library provides resources to help students evaluate sources of information, whether or not library resources are required for their assignments. Two methods of source evaluation available on the library website are The 5 Ws and the CARP Test.
The NU Library strives to promote information literacy and research skills by offering training and instructional support to faculty and students in classes that require research and/or library use.
The NU librarians are available to provide in-class library/research instruction, develop research guides, assist in designing effective research assignments, and more. Please contact Lianne Pang, the Reference Services Librarian, at email@example.com for further assistance.
Google Scholar Links to NU Library Content
You can get a much larger number of full-text results from Google Scholar by linking it to the NU Library. If you use Google Scholar while on campus, you will automatically see “Find at Northwest U” links next to article citations that you have full-text access to from the NU Library. You will need to follow these steps to use this feature from off-campus. You will still need to search the library directly to get access to books, eBooks, and the full collection of articles.
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The NU Library has a University-wide electronic subscription to the Chronicle of Higher Education. The CHE is one of the top sources sources for news and information about higher education.
From computers on the Kirkland Campus you have full access to subscription content at http://chronicle.com/
From off-campus, branch campuses, and mobile devices you will need to create an account at chronicle.com using your @northwestu.edu email address:
- Go to http://chronicle.com/
- Click “Log In” at the top right.
- Click the “Create a Free Account” button.
- Use your @northwestu.edu email address (required for full subscription access).
- You can also sign up for email newsletters. “Academe Today” is the most common choice and gives you the feel of a traditional, daily print subscription.
If you would prefer not to create an account at chronicle.com, you can still access content from off-campus by using this link: http://library.northwestu.edu/db/1054
Copyright and Fair Use
Use of copyrighted materials by people who do not own rights to the materials depends on Fair Use doctrine. Fair Use doctrine recognizes that certain uses of copyrighted material are in the public interest. These uses include teaching, research and criticism. Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules for what constitutes fair use. Each use of copyrighted materials must be judged on its own merit using the following four factors:
- The nature of the use: is the use commercial or non-profit?
- The nature of the material: is it factual or highly creative?
- The amount of the work used.
- The effect of the use: does the use of copyrighted material impact the market for the original?
For additional information on copyright and fair use, we recommend you visit the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University and especially their Fair Use Checklist. If you have specific questions, please contact Adam Epp, the Library Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Can I put a book chapter or article on my Discovery site? Up to one chapter from a book or one article from a journal issue are most likely acceptable under fair use, but each case must be judged on its own merit using fair use guidelines.
- Do I need a public performance license to show a video in class? No, legally obtained videos (including those from the library) can be shown in a classroom setting without a public performance license if they pertain to the content of the class. However, if you plan on showing the video in a non-classroom setting such as a small group you will need a public performance license.
- Can I show a video from YouTube or another streaming media source in class? Yes, if the video has been uploaded by the copyright holder and the license allows for educational use. TED Talks, for example, are fine.
- Can I convert a VHS tape or DVD to a streaming format? No, in almost all circumstances conversion to other formats is illegal under U.S. copyright law. Possible exceptions may be made for a very small, highly pertinent section or to accommodate a student who is deaf or hard of hearing.