Catalogs and Search Tools
Understand our tools and when to use them.
- NUsearch searches the Libraries' vast collection of books, journals, articles and multimedia.
- Databases A-Z provides links to all library databases. Databases can be searched by title, subject or type.
- E-Journals A-Z provides links to all library electronic journals.
- WorldCat searches collections from thousands of libraries. Items may be requested via interlibrary loan and delivered to Northwestern.
- Online Reference Materials links to dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference sources.
- Finding Aids search individual collections for for archival and primary source materials.
- Audio + Video repository houses the Libraries' archival and course reserve AV material.
- Digital Collections contains the Libraries' digital image collections of primary sources from our distinctive collections.
- Research Guides are lists of subject-specific sources, curated by our Subject Librarians.
Connecting the library to your browser
The Lean Library browser extension makes it simple to access academic articles, journals and databases licensed by the Libraries while searching the web. Install the browser extension via the Lean Library website and begin using it in your workflow. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Successful searching suggestions
- Finding articles and books: To access articles and books, you will need to search library databases or the library catalog (NUSearch).
- Finding primary sources: To find primary sources, such as manuscripts, diaries, court cases, maps, data sets and experiment results, you may need to use specific databases and search tools.
- Understanding call numbers: An item's call number tells us where the book is located in the library. Learn how to read the various types of call numbers used by the University Libraries.