Directing Students to Library Resources
- Direct, static links (aka “permalinks”) should be included on the LMS course page and/or syllabus for all specific library resources, including but not limited to books, articles, and databases. Use the instructions below to obtain the permalink for library resources and contact the library if you need further assistance.
- Finding permalinks for library resources
- Note: The link you see in the address bar when viewing an article in your internet browser is NOT a permalink. It will expire at the end of your browser session.
- Verify that required resources are available freely online or in the library collection.
- For general research assignments, include direct links to a starting point for research. This may include a link to the appropriate subject guide (located on the left of this page) or a specific database.
- Verify with the library that any eBooks you mention are licensed for multiple simultaneous users.
- Other library guides and tutorials can be found by clicking on the Research menu option at the top of the page.
The NU Library welcomes suggestions from course developers and instructors of materials that support the Northwest University curriculum, promote personal and professional development, and encourage lifelong learning.
- If you need specific eBooks for your class, please let us know before the term begins.
- 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. Articles for your personal research needs may be requested through interlibrary loan (see below).
- Database subscriptions must be useful for multiple classes and assignments.
The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service allows you to request materials from other libraries that are not available in the NU Library collection.
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.
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 synchronous or asynchronous library/research instruction, develop research guides, assist in designing effective research assignments, and more. Please contact Clayton Visker, the Outreach Coordinator, 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.
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