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OLLI Research Guide: Library Terms

Library Terms

On Hold: Materials that are owned by Northwestern and requested by students are put on hold at the library.  These materials can be requested via Intercampus Loan or you can request that Schaffner materials be put on hold for you.

On Reserve: Only faculty members or course instructors can place materials on reserve.  Reserve materials have a shortened loan period to ensure each class participant has equal access.  Items on reserve must be obtained from a library staff member.  In Evanston, reserves are held at the Main Circulation Desk.  At Schaffner library, reserves are located at the circulation desk. Students may not place items on reserve.

E-Reserves: These are items (journal articles or book chapters) that are available online through the Canvas site for your class.  Articles are requested by instructors, and are only accessible by students via Canvas. 

Intercampus Loan:  Students are able to request Northwestern owned materials to be delivered from one campus to another.  Simply request the relevant Pickup Location when you are requesting an item in NUsearch (use Sign In to access your account).  

Interlibrary Loan: Also known as ILL, Interlibrary Loan is a way for students to access materials not owned by Northwestern.  Articles will be delivered electronically through email.  Books will be delivered through mail, and could take 2-6 weeks depending on how accessible the requested material is, and how far the book must travel.  To set up an Interlibrary Loan account, click here

Online Catalog: Northwestern's collection is organized into an electronic catalog that can be accessed online.  It is called NUsearch, and can be accessed by clicking here.  Electronic materials are listed in NUsearch as well as the print resources. You can also renew materials you have checked out using NUsearch by clicking "Sign In" top right of NUsearch page. 

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