The Library Guides, also called LibGuides, are a collection of subject-specific guides and instructional how-to guides. From the main page, you view the guides grouped by a broad subject area or filter by group, type, or librarian. Note that each specialization at NCU has its own Library Guide filled with related selected databases, journals, books, dissertations, and more. These subject guides are a great starting point for becoming familiar with resources in that discipline.
Learn the Library Guide
Learn the Library is a comprehensive resource outlining the NCU Library’s databases, resources, services, and tools for students within each NCU School. It provides information on live and recorded workshops, self-paced tutorials, and various consultation services available to students. There are individual sections for each NCU School highlighting subject-specific databases and self-paced tutorials benefiting a student throughout their program. This guide is an excellent place for new students to learn more about the library.
Research Process Guide
The Research Process guide provides information on specific databases, resources, and tools for students all throughout the dissertation or research process. These resources provide tips and tools for preparing search techniques, finding sources for literature reviews, locating theoretical frameworks, finding information about different research methods and designs, and more.
Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Guide
Interlibrary Loan Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free borrowing service provided to currently enrolled students, faculty, and staff. It allows NCU members to electronically request and receive articles, book chapters, reports, or other resources when unavailable in full text in NCU Library. Please note that ILL services are not available for requesting print books. NCU Library also abides by current U.S. Copyright Law and Fair Use.
RefWorks is an online research management tool designed to help you gather, organize, store, annotate, and share all types of resources used in your research, assignments, or dissertation. See the RefWorks Guide to learn how to create an account, register for live training, get content into RefWorks, create APA-formatted references lists, and more.
Research Methods & Design Guide
The Research Methods & Design Guide outlines how to locate information about research methodology from reference books, scholarly articles and dissertations. It includes instruction on how the SAGE Research Methods database may be used to locate information about research design and methodology.
Live Library Workshops
Students, faculty, and staff may register to attend various live library workshops each month, including Library Orientation, Advanced Search Skills, RefWorks Power Hour, and the Library Dissertation Toolbox Series. Joining a live session is an excellent way to engage with library staff members and get answers to your library questions. Attendees to live sessions will also be provided with a link to the session recording. To register for upcoming live sessions, see the Library Events Calendar.
Dissertation Toolbox Workshop Series
The Dissertation Toolbox Workshop Series consists of engaging, skill-building workshops designed specifically for doctoral students. Students will learn how to effectively locate, evaluate, and use information relating to their dissertation research topics. Each toolbox session features a new research focus:
Searching 101 & Searching 102
The Searching 101 & 102 workshop recordings provide asynchronous instruction when students or faculty cannot attend the live workshops. Searching 101 reviews the basics of searching: Boolean logic, keywords versus subjects, using database thesauri, and truncation. Searching 102 builds upon the techniques taught in Searching 101 and includes field searching, nesting, proximity searching, and finding similar resources.
Additional recorded sessions are available on the Library Workshop Videos page.
Live Contact Support
During our posted hours, live real-time support is available via chat, phone, and text message by visiting the Library’s home page. You may also submit questions to our Ask a Librarian service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and we will respond during our business hours. Ask a Librarian is a great way to get an in-depth and timely response to your library questions.
Research Smart: Getting Started
Research Smart: Getting Started is a one-on-one session that provides students with the opportunity to learn how to conduct research, find relevant resources, and explore ways to effectively build upon knowledge within their fields of study. Sessions are personalized toward student needs and provide students with the insight and tools needed for successfully completing assignments and establishing a research routine.
Recommended prior to signing up for this session:
Research Consultations & Recorded Video Research Consultations
Research consultations are live, one-on-one sessions that provide in-depth, high-level, and customized research assistance with a reference librarian. These sessions are not meant to provide basic Library navigation and searching skills.
Recorded Video Research Consultations provide in-depth, high-level, and customized research assistance with a reference librarian. These 30-minute sessions will be recorded and emailed to you within 3 business days (Monday - Friday).
Research consultations are most beneficial for students who have an identified research topic and have already done significant research on their own.
Areas of Assistance:
Note: If students need assistance with mechanics, writing style, or citation formatting, they should be directed to the Academic Coaches in the Academic Success Center.
RefWorks on Demand
RefWorks on Demand is a one-on-one support service providing basic troubleshooting and technology instruction on RefWorks, the NCU Library's research management tool.
Areas of Assistance:
Required Prior to Session: