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Accessing Library Resources via Mobile Devices: Getting Started

Web & Mobile Services Librarian

John Hernandez
Contact:
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208-2300

Office: Main Library (2nd Floor, North Tower)
(847) 491-7602

Setting up Your Mobile Device for Access

In order to access Northwestern subscribed content using a mobile app you typically have to connect while on campus (your mobile device must be connected to the NU wireless network). While off campus or traveling, you should use the Northwestern VPN (virtual private network).

If you need help, consult the NUIT Support Center or call 847-491-4357 (1-HELP). Additional walk-in help may be found at the Library's Information Commons Desk and the Laptop ER in Norris.

Tips for Successful Mobile Research

  • Avoid annoying interruptions by extending the time-out period for your device's screen or disabling it entirely for the duration of your research session.
  • Be sure to have cookies enabled in your device's Web browser or switch off the "Do Not Track" setting. Many services don't work properly with cookies/tracking disabled.
  • PDFs and other documents can take up a lot of memory over time, so make sure you have sufficient space on your device or consider purchasing a larger capacity SD card. 
  • If you plan to do a lot of downloading, the most cost effective option is to connect to a wireless network. Otherwise, you might consider upgrading your data plan, but that can be expensive.

Send us your apps!

Do you know or use any great mobile apps for your research? Let us know about them! Send an email to John Hernandez, Web & Mobile Services Librarian.

User Spaces Coordinator

Anne Sticksel
Contact:
(847) 491-2922