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Accessing Library Resources via Mobile Devices: Getting Started

Web & Mobile Services Librarian

John Hernandez
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 will have to use the Northwestern VPN (virtual private network).

If you need help, consult the NUIT Support Center or call 847-491-4357 (1-HELP).

Tips for Successful Mobile Research

  • Avoid annoying interruptions. Extend the time-out period for your device's screen and/or keypad or disable 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.
  • Make sure you have sufficient space in your device memory (on the device or your SD card). PDFs and other documents can take up quite a bit of room over time.
  • If you plan to do a lot of downloading, try to use the wireless network as much as possible. Otherwise, consider expanding your data plan.

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.