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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Copyright and Fair Use FAQ
- Can I put a portion of a book or textbook on my Discovery site? Up to one chapter from a book with 10 or more chapters or 10% of a book with less than 10 chapters may be placed on Discovery. The item must be related to the curriculum of the course. The section used cannot constitute the “heart of the work.”
- Can I create a custom textbook for my class using one chapter each from many different sources? Yes, if you observe the one chapter or 10% rule listed above.
- Is there a limit to how many sequential semesters I can place an item on reserve or Discovery? No, this use to be the case but the judge in a recent copyright case ruled that there is no temporal aspect to fair use decisions.
- 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 rip a DVD and post it to my Discovery site for students to watch? No, you will need to either place it on reserve in the library or watch it in class. There is a legal gray area concerning videos with public performance rights, but that scenario has not yet been tested in the courts (and we don’t want to be the ones to test it).