To limit your search to articles available online, click on the arrow to the left of the main search box and choose the Articles tab, then Full Text Articles.
For both print and online articles that are owned by NU, choose NU Articles.
To include articles available in other libraries in your search, choose the Articles in Libraries Worldwide option.
To search for articles on a particular topic, enter your keywords into the main search box and click Go.
- Finding a Specific Article
The most reliable way to find a specific article is to search for the journal that the article is published in. Click on the arrow to the left of the main search box and choose the Articles tab, then Journal Title Search.
Enter the name of the journal and click Go.
If we own the journal, you’ll see a page of results with links to the databases where you can access the journal, as well as the date ranges for each.
When you click on one of the links, it will take you to the journal. From there, you can either browse to the issue that the article is published in or search within the journal using the article’s author and/or title.
To practice finding a specific article when you have a citation, click here (opens in a new window/tab).
Looking at Search Results
You can use the options on the left side of the page to refine your search at any time.
Full Text Articles
For articles available online, you will see a “View Now” link. Select the link to expand the box with the “View full text” link – click this link to open the article.
For print articles, click on the Availability link to see the location of the journal that the article was published in, which issues we own, and which issues — if any — are currently checked out. Remember to look at the green text. If it says “Northwest University,” that means that NU has or had a subscription to the journal that the article was published in.
Unfortunately, sometimes search results will include articles in issues that are not part of our subscription. To verify whether we have a particular issue of a journal, click on the Availability link and then “View item details” to see the complete list of issues we own.
Looking at a Specific Result
To see information about a particular article, click on its title in the search results. This will take you to a more detailed page about the article.
Here is an example of what you might see when looking at the page for a specific article. The list below explains what different parts of the page are.
- Citation information.
- If there is an abstract available for the article, it will appear in the “Summary” section.
- Links to full text.
- If you need help, you can click on the “Chat with a librarian” button. The chat service is available 24/7. NU librarians are normally online when the library is open. Outside of those hours, your question will be answered by a librarian from another institution.
If the first full text link doesn’t work, try the other “View full text” links (if available).
If you are still not able to view the article, you can use the “Finding a Specific Article” instructions above to double-check whether the article you want is available through NU. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we would be happy to check for you.
If you are looking at an article that NU does not own and you would like us to get it for you, click on the “Request Delivery” button in the “Find a copy in the library” section.
Fill out the form on the next page and your request will be sent to us. The article will be delivered to your email as a PDF file.
Note: On the request form, enter your NU ID number in the Patron ID field.
- Sending ILL Requests from Off Campus
If you are off campus and looking at an article that NU does not own, you will need to log in before the “Request Delivery” button appears.
Above the “Find a copy in the library” section, you will see a blue box that says “You are not connected to the Northwest University network.”
Click on the link in the box that says “Remote access login” and you will be prompted to log in with your NU email address and password.
After you log in, the “Request Delivery” button will appear and you may proceed with your ILL request.