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Our University Library is committed to providing you with access to a rich collection of materials that encourage exploration and learning.
NUsearch is the main search tool for Northwestern University Library, combining the library catalog with a wealth of other databases and online collections.
Our online library information system serves as an interactive gateway to a variety of library resources, including NUcat; catalogs of libraries around the world; multidisciplinary and subject-specific reference & research databases;and the web pages of NU’s libraries.
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Virtual Private Network establishes a "secure tunnel" for your computer on the NU Network.
Set your preferences in Google Scholar
On a search result in Google Scholar you may be asked to pay for articles. Instead, click on the "Find It @ NU" button you set in your preferences to discover NU's no-charge options.
Look for information on a topic
Start with our Virtual Reference Collection, a wide variety of electronic ready reference tools to help you locate facts, statistics, definitions and more.
Use the Reference Department's guides, handouts & tutorials
Guides on How to Find... books, periodicals, reviews, criticism, monologues, dissertations, etc. Tutorials on NUcat, EndNote, using Boolean operators, etc.