Digital Resources

eBooks, Journals, Articles

eBooks in the Northwestern catalog

Search for ebooks just like you would search for any other material via NU’s catalog, NUSearch.

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e-Journals/articles in the Northwestern catalog

Use e-Journals search to find titles of e-journals, as not all titles are listed in the Northwestern library catalog.

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Overdrive provides ebooks for Kindle, tablets, and computers. Broad ranges of fiction and non-fiction titles are available. 

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HathiTrust is another source of e-books, and members of partnership institutions such as Northwestern have searching capabilities and full-text access to a wealth of resources not available to the broader community. 

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Al Manhal

Al Manhal is a full text database of books, journals, reports, news analysis and dissertations from the Arabic world. Content may be in either English or Arabic. VPN required for off-campus access.

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Associated Press Style Book

Use of this database is restricted to NU-Q journalism faculty and students.

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Global Books in Print

Search for books in print, forthcoming books, and out of print books. Industry’s leading international bibliographic database offering more than 8 million English-language titles from the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

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New York Times

The Evanston campus has both print and online versions of this newspaper. At NU-Q, faculty and some staff have personal subscriptions to this product.

NU-Q has 50 student passes (users) per day for 24 hour access for each.

Directions for setting up a student account and getting a group pass:

  1. Go to Bookmarking the URL makes access even easier.
  2. The student will then be directed to either create an account or login.
  3. From there they will be given their pass and directions on how to connect.

Please note:

  • This account is accessible via Northwestern's IP range. This means students can use it in the building. They must use VPN to access the service from home.
  • Anyone who already has an account with the NY Times i.e faculty can't use the group passes.
  • At least 24 hours must have elapsed from the time you activated a previous group pass.
  • The network must have passes available.
Tutorial Tools


Lynda is a software training & tutorial video library. Online tutorials help you learn about broad variety of software programs at your own pace. Northwestern University and have partnered to offer University students, faculty and staff unlimited, on-demand access to a full library of online courses at no additional cost for a pilot period of one year. Log in with your NetID and password.

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Mango Languages

Mango Languages is an online language learning program which enables you to begin developing your skills in over 70 different languages using your laptop or mobile device.  In addition to immersive language courses, you can engage in over 30 specialty courses ranging from "Legal Spanish" to "Arab Etiquette."  You can even learn to speak like a 17th century pirate!

VPN required for initial account creation and registration.

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Learning Express

Improve your reading, writing, business or math skills with Learning Express. The database contains practice test tutorials, basic skills courses, and computer software tutorials. It allows you to answer, save, return to and score questions on practice versions of such standard tests as FCAT, SAT, ACT, GED, ASVAB, U.S. Citizenship and a range of academic and career tests.

You must register and create a personal account in order to customize your use of the software, and to track your progress.

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Academic Video Online

Academic Video Online contains video collections from 21 different subject categories. The videos come in a variety of formats including: documentaries, interviews, demonstrations, newsreels, scenes from plays etc. You can sign up for your own account where you can edit or share playlists and clips.

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Films for the Humanities and Sciences: Films on Demand (FFH)

Films On Demand is a Web-based digital video delivery service that allows you to view award winning videos in the humanities and sciences from the BBC, National Geographic, Bill Moyers Collection, TED; PBS and NOVA etc. Special features allow you to create your own accounts where you are able to create and share customized playlists, save your favorite videos for quick access, and set default preferences.

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Kanopy is a video streaming platform offering a wide array of film, television, and documentary titles. The Kanopy collection covers many different genres. All video can be streamed using a computer, mobile device, or smart-TV device (Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku...).

VPN required for initial account creation and registration.

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March of Time

With its first appearance on American motion picture screens in February 1935, The March of Time® startled journalists, filmmakers, and audiences alike with its controversial topics and unique approach to newsreels. The “issues,” as the newsreels were called, were a blend of confrontational journalism and docudrama, often using actors to stage events that had not been photographed on newsreel cameras. The series began with brief segments in the 1930s and eventually grew in length and scope to television programs of in-depth coverage of a single topic. It aired its last television segment in 1967.

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Media Education Foundation Streaming Video Collection (MEF)

This database provides access to over 100 documentaries on issues related to media, communication, business, the humanities, and science. Special features include the clip and playlist tool, which lets you create playlists and share clips with NU-Q students and faculty.

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Theatre in Video

Theatre in Video contains more than 265 of the world’s most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries.

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The Stanley Milgram Films on Social Psychology

Stanley Milgram became a controversial and compelling public figure as a result of his shocking 1961 experiment, Obedience to Authority, which revealed the extraordinary actions average people will take to follow orders. The collection includes all six of Stanley Milgram’s videos, featuring his research in the field of social psychology and provides the important visual imagery essential for truly understanding the foundations of this field.

Career Resources

Career Cruising

Career Cruising is an interactive career resource designed to help students and others plan their future. Users are able to access hundreds of detailed occupation profiles which include: job descriptions, working conditions, education and training, earnings, and links to related occupations and other resources. It provides a national database of post-secondary schools which includes detailed information on colleges, universities and other training opportunities. You must register and create a personal account in order to customize your use of the software, and to track your progress.

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Zawya is source of Middle East and North African business information containing detailed profiles on the top companies and projects in the region, Thomson Reuters and Zawya Dow Jones live news, comprehensive industry and asset class research, as well as an exclusive online network for professionals to build profitable relationships

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Research Databases

Arab Advisors Group

Arab Advisors Group is a specialized research, analysis and consulting company focused on the Arab communications, media, technology and financial markets. The database provides access to the company’s reports and surveys. Results are available in pdf format. See staff at the information desk for login information. Licensed for a limited numbers of concurrent users. Please sign out when you are finished.

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BMI (Business Monitor International)

Source of international industry and company profiles, analysis and forecasts. VPN required for off-campus access.

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Google Scholar

Google Scholar is an academic version of Google that indexes scholarly publications. It links directly to our library holdings and is a great place to start your research. Note that it does not search the subject-specialist electronic resources subscribed to by Northwestern University Libraries. The Library Databases provide a broader range of key resources in your research area.

First-time Google Scholar users:

Add Northwestern University to your Google Scholar Preferences for easy access to journal articles we own (type in the word "northwestern" under Library Links in Preferences). Note that if you are off campus, you must be using your NU-VPN client.

Sloan Consortium

The library has a faculty subscription with discounted pricing on Sloan-C conferences and workshops, free webinars, and discussion groups. Faculty must contact the library to a user name and password.

SNL Kagan

The library has a faculty subscription to this product. Faculty must contact the library to a user name and password.

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“Source of Middle East and North Africa business intelligence. Includes coverage of media industries.”

Access to this database is limited. Please contact the library to request access.

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Theatre and Drama

North American Indian Drama

North American Indian Drama brings together the full text of more than 200 plays representing the stories and creative energies of American Indian and First Nation playwrights of the 20th century.

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North American Theatre Online

Provides detailed bibliographic information on more than 10,000 plays, including references to works that have never been published. It contains thousands of facts about theaters, authors, theatrical companies, and individuals, as well as some 1,000 playbills, posters, photographs, and related theatrical ephemera.

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Qatar National Library Online

All Qatar Foundation members, including all Centers, Directorates, Research Institutes, Schools and Universities who are part of the QF IP ranges, may access the resources at their desktop, in their office or anywhere via VPN.

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Bibliographic Management and Citation Software


You must register and create a personal account in order to customize your use of the software.

  1. Go to from an IP-authenticated computer.
  2. The RefWorks User Login will display. Users simply click on "Sign up for an New Account."
  3. Enter the required data and click "Create Account."

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Off-campus access

Most digital resources are available for use off-campus to NU-Q students, faculty and staff with NetIDs. You will be automatically directed to the NU Online Passport login page when you select a digital resource. Once you log in with your NetID and password you will be redirected to the digital resource site that you originally selected. You may need to connect to the NU-Q VPN first.

Walk-in guests may request library staff to create a 24 hour guest NetID.