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How to search

  • Keyword searching using Boolean Operators
    • AND - results must contain each word:  puppy AND kitten
    • OR - finds either word:  (puppy OR kitten)
    • AND NOT (book searches) excludes word:  puppy AND NOT kitten

[ boolean operators ]

"public relations" AND "team-based approach"  

classroom AND (discipline OR management)

("Kansas City" AND NOT Missouri) and 
Wildcard symbols:

ASTERISK (shift/8): ​ educat* finds educate, educates, educated, education
QUESTION MARK:   wom?n finds women or woman

Click the title of any book in search results and underneath the contents are "LC Subject" links (function like hashtags).

[ subject headings ]

 Subject tags for the book Globalizing Intercultural Communication: A Reader

  • Want to know if the library has a physical or electronic book you need? 

    Click on Title - enter the exact title (can shorten to first 5 words) 
  • Searching by Author - an author search allows you to browse for items by author. 
    • An author is the person, artist, composer, government body or organization responsible for the creation of the content of a work.
      • Twain, Mark
  • Searching by Corporate/Non-Personal Author
    • A corporate author is any group or organization that is responsible for the content of a published work. They include organizations, corporations, governmental entities, and musical or artistic groups.
      • Ford Motor Company 
      • United Nations
    • For corporate bodies that are best known by their abbreviations, search using the abbreviated form.
      • Example: (CNN)

How do I renew items online?


  • Click My Library Account
  • Enter your name and 919# followed by "NW" --->Example: 919123456NW​​
    • check the box in the "Renew" column to the left of the title
    • click the "Renew Selected Items" button at the top of the table (or click the "Renew All" button to renew everything listed)

How do I search for books, eBooks, children's books, music scores?

1. After you have found the book you want, select the Request it tab to the right of your search result.
2. Select MOBIUS - KCTOWERS click submit. 

3. Enter your name followed by your ID number (919#) and (NW) (Example: 919111111NW). Choose your pickup location. 

Your book has now been requested. You will receive a Northwest email when your book is available for pickup.


    • If the book(s) is not found in MOBIUS, click Prospector
    • After you have found the book you want, select the Request it tab 
    • Select MOBIUS - KCTOWERS and click submit.
    • Enter your name followed by your ID number (919#) and (NW) (Example: 919111111NW). Choose your pickup location 
    • Your book has now been requested. You will receive a Northwest email when your book is available for pickup.
  • On the library homepage, click Databases 
  • Under Database Types, choose EBOOKS.

The library's most comprehensive eBook resource is:

  • Click Advanced 
  • Enter search terms
  • In the "Specific Library Location" area, choose NW Owens Juvenile (or NW Horace Mann Library)

  • Click Advanced 
  • Enter search terms
  • Limit to MUSIC SCORE

How do I search for multimedia?

  • On the library homepage,click Book and Movies
    • Click the Advanced tab
      1. Enter search terms
      2. Limit "Other Format" to VIDEO/FILM
  • On the library homepage,click Book and Movies
  • Click the Advanced tab
    1. Enter search terms
    2. Limit "Other Format" to MUSIC AUDIO

How do I find NW field studies & research papers?

  • FIELD STUDIES a general method for collecting data about users, user needs, and product requirements that involves observation and interviewing. The result of a field study search will bring up past studies by NW graduate students.
    • On the library homepage, click the CATALOG tab
    • Type in your search using the format "field study" and your keywords.
      EXAMPLE: if you are looking for field studies about school violence, enter "field study" and violence and school
    • Click Search 
    • Then select the displayed items that match your search topic to see the call number and library location
  • RESEARCH PAPERSare the culmination and final product of an involved process of research, critical thinking, source evaluation, organization and composition.
    • On the library homepage, click the CATALOG tab
    • Enter a search, using the phrase "research paper"
      EXAMPLE:  "research paper" and "art therapy"
    • Click Search 
    • Select the displayed items that match your search topic and locate the call number and location of the research paper in the library

Primary Sources

  • PRIMARY SOURCES - provides direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art.
    • Primary sources include historical and legal documents, eyewitness accounts, results of experiments, statistical data, pieces of creative writing, audio and video recordings, speeches and art objects.
    • First go to the library homepage and select the catalog tab that is located above the search bar, and click the search tab take you to the advanced search page.
    • Once you are on the advanced search page first change the search field to match the keywords you will be using to find results. (if you are searching by subjects then change the search field to Subject)
    • Next you will insert the keywords that you want to search with, and format them to search for primary sources. Ex. (s:sources and cold war)
    • Next you will click the submit tab to conduct your search
    • To ensure that a search result is a primary resource you will want to select it and check to see if the word 'sources' is included in the subject heading of the search result. If 'sources' is found in the subject heading then you have yourself a primary source.

K-12 Curriculum Materials

  • CURRICULUM MATERIALS - are educational resources that provide curriculum and instructional experiences for K-12 students, they are used to develop lesson plans and may also be used in actual instructional situations with students.
    • First go to the library homepage and click the catalog tab located above the search bar, then click the search tab to take you to the advanced search screen.
    • Next enter in the keywords you are using to get your search results, example (math, algebra, English, science...)
    • Next  change the location of the search results to NW Owens Curriculum Matls in the search location section.
    • Finally you will select the submit tab to conduct your search, select the displayed search results that match your topic and use the call numbers to locate the materials within the library.
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