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University Life (IUL 101): Welcome

This guide will help you conduct scholarly research

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In this guide, we will discuss how to brainstorm and develop a topic, identify keywords, narrow or broaden a research topic, develop a search strategy, identify the various formats of information and scholarly writings for your research, and identify the criteria for evaluating information. You will also find a brief introduction to citation styles.  Click on any of the tabs above to begin.

Virtual Tour of the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library


Why seek information and resources from other libraries?

While the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library offers a wide variety of resources to suit your research needs, we also understand that Distance Education students may especially need resources that are difficult to provide remotely.

We hope that this guide helps you locate libraries near you that can supplement the extensive resources already provided to you by the Lyman Beecher Brooks Library.

Follow the instructions below:

1) Find Books

Use this page to find print and ebook resources on your topic. 

2) Find Articles

This is where you'll find articles of information for your topic. There are multiple databases you can use, and you should them as they cover varied aspects of your topic. You'll also be able to find information about your profession, art, culture, and gender.

3) Find Reference/Background Information

Use this resource to find general information.

4) Find Images

If you need to have images for your presentation, there are very good resources to help you find ones that visually represent your topic.

5) Schedule an Appointment

Here's where you can schedule your group to meet with a Research Consultant at the Library.

Connection From Off Campus


Connecting to NSU Off Campus

  • Library Home Page:This is the gateway to Library resources.
  • Connect from Off Campus: Sign in to explore the Library website and databases from off campus.
  • Connection problems: Get help logging into Library website and databases, along with other library equipment.
  • Wireless Access: Get help configuring your devices for wireless access.
  • Blackboard Support Log into Blackboard, get support and watch Blackboard Tutorials.
  • Client Services: Contact the OIT Client Services for problems with account access, IT-related issues and other issues concerning NSU computers.

Get Research Delivered


Get Research Delivered

Do you want a Research Assistant to find articles and book reviews for you?  Your wish is granted!!!

The majority of our electronic databases that the library subscribes to offer personalized features that can save searches, run searches for you and send the results to an email address or RSS feed reader daily, weekly or monthly.  You may also give a persistent link to that search.

Steps (using Academic Search Complete database)

  1. Create an account (free of charge) (click on sign in)

  2. Sign in and start searching

  3. When you retrieve the desired results, click Share (under share, you will have options: alerts, save or share)