Faculty Orientation

Transcript

Welcome to the NU Library faculty and adjunct faculty orientation.  This video will introduce you to the broad range of resources available from the library including:

Basic Searching

Most of the library’s holdings can be located and accessed with a single search through the search box located on the library homepage.  You can get to the library homepage by typing library.northwestu.edu into your browser’s address bar or by visiting the Eagle website and clicking the library link at the top left.  In common with most other academic libraries, the NU Library is moving rapidly in the direction of electronic resources.  We currently offer access to over 250,000 electronic books, 30,000 electronic journals and magazines and 50,000 documentaries in streaming format.  In addition, the library maintains a print collection of about 50,000 books.  We no longer have any print periodicals. 

When using library resources, you will be asked to login using your NU email login and password.  Some important features to note on the main search interface include:

Advanced Features

We recommend students start their research using the main search box.  If you are looking for a specific journal or database, you may wish to use the relevant links on the library homepage.  Additionally, faculty should be familiar with the specific resources listed on the subject guides listed under the “Subjects” link.  Disciplines supporting graduate degrees will typically have access to a number of specialized databases and tools. Note the availability of the ProQuest Theses and Dissertations Database.  This multidisciplinary database includes over 5 million theses and dissertations available in PDF format.  This database is not included in the main library search.

My Account and Borrowing

In the menu bar at the top of the library website you will find options for contacting the library and a link to log into your library account.  Click on the My Account link and you have the option to view Interlibrary Loan requests, or click on Student/Employee Login to view your borrowing account.  Here you will have the option to see the items you have on loan and due dates, items you have previously borrowed, and make purchase suggestions.   For faculty and adjunct faculty, books from the General collection are due in 3 months.  Most other collections, including games and videos have a 1 week loan period.  Most items will be automatically renewed twice unless someone has a hold on that item.

Using Library Resource in Your Class

Scroll to the bottom of the library website. In the “For Faculty” section you will find information specific to using library resources in your Discovery or NU Online class. 

Fun Stuff: Games, Videos and More

Looking for some leisure time activities?  The library has a selection of

Thank you for watching this video and God bless!