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Study Abroad: Getting Started

Getting started

Connecting from Off Campus

Almost all of the library's online resources are available to you from off-campus. Just remember to link to resources from library web pages so you'll be recognized as a member of the Northwestern community. For example, if you try to access JSTOR by going directly to from off-campus, you won't be able to get in. If you link to JSTOR from the library's electronic resources, you'l be asked for your NetID and passed on through.

For a few of our resources you'll also need to set up VPN (Virtual Private Network)

Be sure to set your preferences in Google Scholar so you can link to NU resources.

Be sure login to the "articles" QuickSearch before running your search.

Look for Information on a Topic

Don't know where to start? Northwestern subscribes to several hundred journal article databases.
Selected General Databases
Academic Search Premier [lots of full-text articles]
Academic OneFile [lots of full-text articles]
Nexis Uni (formerly LexisNexis Academic) [full-text newspapers, many foreign newspapers]
Factiva [similar to LexisNexis but not as fragmented]
JSTOR [full text of high quality journals, "moving wall" means latest 3-5 years are NOT included]

Search Broadly

Journal article databases allow you to perform complex searches within a limited scope of material. The search box on the library home page and Google Scholar are two tools that let you search very broadly but with less precision. This can be helpful early in the research process.

Use specialized databases to find material in research periodicals. Remember, Not all database have full text of the articles they index. Use the "Find it @ NU"  button to find the full article.

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