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A Guide to Database and Catalog Searching: Logging In

How to access and search library databases and catalog

Why Log In?

Because NSU library databases cost money (which comes from tuition, fees, donations, and taxes), only students, faculty, staff and others formally associated with the university may use them. If you have followed the instruction on this page but still can't get in, contact the library webmaster, Sonny Carter (

Logging In from Non-Campus Computers

Difference between on and off-campus access

On-Campus Access means:

  • You are physically on a Northwestern campus, and 
  • you are using NSULA computers in computer labs or set up at various places within the library or other campus buildings
  • you are connecting to the NSULA campus wifi.

Off-Campus Access means:

  • you are not physically on a Northwestern campus, using an NSULA computer, or connected to NSULA wifi
  • you are connecting to the library's databases via your own internet service provider (ISP), your home wifi signal, the wifi at a coffee shop, your phone's data plan, or elsewhere
  • you will have to sign-in via the off-campus authentication screen to access the databases.