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How do I search for call numbers and locations of periodicals housed in Owens Library?
  1. Within the Library Catalog's Advanced tab, change the drop-down menu box selection from Any Field: to TITLE:, in the first search box enter the unabbreviated name of the periodical (Example: type Journal of Abnormal Psychology)
  2. In the Scope: box, select NW Owens Periodicals
  3. Click the Submit button
  4. Click the title which best matches your search and/or view the full record to locate the call number and location
  5. Write down the Location and Identity (e.g., bound or fiche) for the year(s) you'd like to locate
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How do I search for free videos?
  1. From the Library homepage, click the red Catalog tab
  2. Change the drop-down menu box selection from Keywords to Video/Film
  3. Type a search topic (Example: to locate videos about effective teaching strategies for children with dyslexia , type dyslexia and teach*)
  4. Click the Search button
  5. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

Note: The Station also has popular DVDs for rental.


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How do I search for music scores?
  1. Within the Library Catalog's Advanced tab, change the Material Type: drop-down menu box selection from ANY to Music Score
  2. Type a composer (last name, first name), type of music, or type of instrument (Example: to find music scores by Johann Sebastian Bach, type bach, johann sebastian)
  3. Click the Submit button
  4. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

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  How do I search for music CDs?
  1. Within the Library Catalog's Advanced tab, change the Material Type: drop-down menu box selection from ANY to Music Audio
  2. Type a composer/artist name (last name, first name), type of music, or type of instrument (Example: to find music CDs by Norah Jones, type jones, norah)
  3. Click the Submit button
  4. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

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  How do I search for books on tape?
  1. From the Library homepage, click the red Catalog tab
  2. Change the drop-down menu box selection from Keywords to Spoken Audio
  3. Type an author's name (last name, first name), title, genre, or topic (Example: to find books on tape about learning Spanish, type spanish)
  4. Click the Search button
  5. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

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  How do I search for primary sources in Owens Library?
  1. Within the Library Catalog's Advanced tab, change the drop-down menu box selection from Any Field: to SUBJECT (LC):, in the first search box enter sources
  2. In the second search box, enter a search topic (Example: to locate primary sources about the civil war, type "civil war" in the second search box)
  3. Click the Submit button
  4. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

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  How do I search for books written for children and young adults?
  1. Within the Library Catalog's Advanced tab, change the Location: drop-down menu box selection from ANY to NW Owens Juvenile or NW Horace Mann Library
  2. In the first search box, type an author's name (last name, first name), title, genre, or topic (Example: to locate books for children and young adults about U.S. Presidents, type united states and president*)
  3. Click the Submit button
  4. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

Note: More information is found on the Literature for Elementary School Research Guide


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  How do I search for government documents?
  1. Within the Library Catalog's Advanced tab, change the Location: drop-down menu box selection from ANY to NW Owens Government Docs
  2. Type an agency's name, title, or topic (Example: to locate government documents about computer crime, type computer and crime)
  3. Click the Submit button
  4. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

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  How do I search for K-12 Curriculum Materials?
  1. Within the Library Catalog's Advanced tab, change the drop-down menu box selection from Any Field: to SUBJECT (LC):, in the first search box enter textbook*
  2. In the second search box, enter a search topic (Example: to locate curriculum materials about mathematics, type math* in the second search box)
  3. In the Location: section, click NW Owens Curriculum Matls
  4. Click the Submit button
  5. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

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  How do I search for research papers by graduate students in education at NWMSU?
  1. Within the Library Catalog, type "research paper" and [a search topic] (Example: to locate research papers about art therapy, type "research paper" and "art therapy")
  2. Click the Submit button
  3. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

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  How do I search for field studies by graduate students at NWMSU?
  1. Within the Library Catalog, type "field study" and [a search topic] (Example: to locate field studies about school violence, type "field study" and violence and school)
  2. Click the Submit button
  3. Click the displayed item(s) which match your topic to locate the call number and location

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  How do I search for items at other libraries?
  1. From the Library Catalog, click MOBIUS or Towers in the top-left toolbar
    • The MOBIUS catalog lists items that are available within over 60 academic libraries and two cooperating partners throughout Missouri. Most MOBIUS items can be requested and checked out for three weeks and may be renewed one time for an additional three weeks.
    • The Towers catalog lists items that are available within the four academic libraries in the Northwest region (NWMSU, Conception Abbey, Missouri Western, North Central). Most items within Towers may be requested and checked out for three weeks and may be renewed one time for an additional three weeks.
  2. Select a search tab (keyword, author, title, etc.)
  3. Type a search topic (Example: to locate items about artificial intelligence and robotics, select the Keyword search tab and type (artificial intelligence or AI) and robotic*)
  4. Click the Submit button
  5. Click the displayed item which match your topic
  6. Within MOBIUS or Towers, click Request.
  7. In the drop-down menu, select Towers as the institution you are affiliated with
  8. Click Submit above information
  9. Enter your first and last name and press the TAB key
  10. Type your Bearcat ID number immediately followed by your campus code - NW (example: 123456789NW)
  11. Choose a pickup location
The item will be sent to the pickup location and you will receive an email message to your NWMSU email account notifying you of its arrival.

For further assistance searching MOBIUS, visit the MOBIUS Tutorial.


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 Keyword Tips
What is a keyword search?

A keyword search allows terms or phrases to be combined. Use keyword searching when you are unsure of the exact title, author, or Library of Congress Subject Heading. The Keyword option also allows searches to be limited by language, date, material type (video, book, music audio, music score, picture, etc.), location (NW Horace Mann Library, NW Owens Reference, NW Owens Archives, NW Owens Juvenile, etc.), and Publisher. Items can also be sorted by date, alphabetically, or by relevance.
What is the difference between keyword and subject searches?

Subject searching retrieves only the official Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings.While Subject searching is usually more precise, LC headings can be quite different from common expressions. For example, the LC Subject Heading for the "French Revolution" is France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799. If you are unsure of the correct heading, try searching by Keywords, then use the records you retrieve to identify and link to LC Subject Headings. Keyword searching is very powerful because it scans many record fields (titles, notes, authors, corporate/organization names, etc.) and can be combined with Boolean operators (and, or, not). For example, a search for the word wind will retrieve items such as the title Gone with the Wind or the author Windsor Edward Duke Of. By using combinations, the Keywords search can be more precise: (cats or dogs or pets) not laboratory.
How do I search for multiple keywords?

You may include the Boolean operators AND, OR, AND NOT and the proximity operators NEAR and WITHIN # to search for more than one keyword or phrase. Examples:

AND
To search for every occurrence of the words college and students, enter
college and students

OR
Note:
Group OR sets together with parenthesis
To search for records with either the word university or the word college, enter
(college or university)


AND NOT
To locate all records about terrorism, but excluding the words 9/11 or September, enter
terrorism and not (9/11 or september)NEAR or Within #
Use near to search for words close to each other (in any order). Use within # to search for words within a specified number of each other. For example, if you can't remember how to spell huckleberry, enter adventures within3 finn to retrieve The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In this example, within3 tells the computer to look for finn within three words of adventures. You could also enter adventures near huckleberry.

For further examples, visit Boolean Searching.
How do I narrow my search?Use the following limiters to restrict your search to a specific field:
a: (author)
t: (title)
s: (subject, Note: subjects are NOT cross-referenced)
n: (additional keywords)
For example, typing a:spiropoulos and t:survival and s:college freshman would retrieve the video College Freshman Survival Guide by John Spiropoulos.You may also want to narrow or focus your topic. For examples of narrowing down your topic, visit Get to Your Point!
How do I broaden my search?

Use the truncation symbol (*) to broaden your search by looking for variations of a word (1-5 characters). Words may be internally or right-handed truncated. Use double asterisks (**) for open-ended truncation. Example: computer* finds computer, computers, computerization; wom*n finds woman, women; math** finds math, mathematics, mathematical. For further examples, visit Truncation.You may also want to brainstorm for synonyms of a topic. For further examples, visit Synonyms.
How do I group keywords?

Combine several concepts in groups while searching. In the following examples, the computer searches all words in parentheses first and combines that group of results with the rest of the search request.Examples:
(Kansas or Missouri) and legislature
(automobile* or car*) and safety
s:civil war and s:history and s:sources
a:shakespeare and t:hamlet
(children or youth or adolesce*) and (television or tv) and violence

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  Subject (Library of Congress) Tips
The library catalog lists materials by terms selected by the Library of Congress called subject headings. Subject headings can have difficult working, (For example, the LC Subject Heading for the "French Revolution" is "France-History-Revolution, 1789-1799"). If the search you requested is NOT a subject heading, the catalog may refer you to the proper term. Click the underlined suggested term. If you are unsure of the correct subject heading for your topic, try doing a keyword search instead. Use the records you retrieve to identify the correct LC Subject Headings, and then do a new subject search. Please ask for additional assistance locating the correct subject heading at the Library Services Desk on the first floor.

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  Author Tips

Use an author search to locate any type of specific author including an individual, editor, conference name, performer, artist, composer, organization, etc. If trying to locate information ABOUT an author (i.e. biography, criticism), perform a subject search with the last name first.Note: the library catalog automatically truncates the names that you enter (Cavan retrieves cavan, cavana, and cavanaugh, etc.)

Personal authors:

Enter your author's last name followed by the first name
Example: Angelou, Maya

 

Non-personal authors
Enter the name as a phrase
Example: Microsoft Corporation; American Medical Association; American Institute of Physics

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Title Tips
Use the Title search option to locate items when some or all of the title words of books, periodicals, government documents, multimedia, etc. are known. Beginning with the first words of the title, type as much or as little of the title as you know.
  • Omit initial articles (a, an, the) in your title search. For example, instead of typing The Adventures of Oliver Twist, enter Adventures of Oliver Twist
  • If you are unsure of the exact title, try searching unique keywords from the title. For example, adventure* and twist

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Numbers Tips
Use the Numbers search option to locate unique identifying numbers including the Dewey Call Number, Library of Congress Call Number, International Standard Book Number (ISBN), the International Standard Serial Number (ISSN), Government Document (SuDoc) Number, etc.
  • Enter the ISBN or ISSN numbers with or without hypens (example: 0033-3107 or 0033 3107)
  • Enter the Library of Congress, Dewey, or SuDoc number with spaces. Include all punctuation.
    Examples:
    • Library of Congress Number: PS580 .P33
    • Dewey Call Number: 981.06 B92b
    • SuDoc Number: C 3.134:

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View Your Library Account Tips
The catalog allows students, staff, and faculty access to their own personal library accounts. Use the "View Your Library Account" option to:
  • view a list of items you currently have checked out or renew those items
    • items can be renewed only if no hold exists for the particular item being renewed
    • items may be renewed up to 2 times - if you have already renewed an item as many times as possible, the note "too many renewals" will appear next to the due date
    • items may only be renewed within 7 days of the due date - if you try to renew an item more than a week before it is due, the note "too soon to renew" will appear next to the due date
  • view items placed on hold or cancel a hold
  1. Go to View Your Library Account
  2. Enter your name and press the TAB key
  3. Type your Northwest ID number immediately followed by our campus code - NW
    (example: 919012345NW)
  4. Click the SUBMIT button
  5. Click the link for Items currently checked out to renew items OR click the link for Request (hold) outstanding to view/cancel items on hold
    (Note: Items will display in the lower half of the split screen)
  6. To renew an individual item, click in the white box in the Renew column to the left of the title you want to renew and then click the Renew Selected Items button at the top of the table (Note: If you would like to renew all of the items checked out on your account, click the Renew All button)

You may also search the library catalog for other items. If the item you want is currently checked out to another person, you may request that we hold the item for you when it is returned. You can place a hold on an item by clicking on the Request button in the top/bottom toolbar, selecting a pickup location and a date to cancel the hold if the item is not returned in time.

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