If you are off campus, the use of some resources may require you to log in through a system called EZProxy. You should see a log-in page such as the one below. Simply log in with the username and password that you use for Self Service.

If you have any difficulties accessing library resources, please contact us at 580-327-8574, or email nwlibraries@nwosu.edu.

Screenshot of EZProxy screen seen when logging in from off campus
EZProxy log-in page.

Troubleshooting

  1. Go to Self Service to make sure you are logging in with the correct username and password. You will use the same credentials for off-campus access.

  2. Clear your browser history and cache. Sometimes your system may have cached webpages containing errors. Once you clear your history, go back to the library homepage and select the resource to which you are trying to gain access.

  3. Still can’t get in? Contact us. We need to know!

As a student, you can check out:

  • Books for .

  • DVDs for .

  • Laptops & tablets for .

Digital books (eBooks) have a default loan period of , after which they expire automatically. You are not required to return eBooks.

You can check out twenty-five items, including up to 5 DVDs. See the page on Borrowing for more details.

In the Catalog

If you are looking for a book, check the NWOSU Library Services’​ online catalog to determine whether the book is available at the J. W. Martin Library.

If you find a book in the catalog that is housed in another library, you can order it by clicking the button labeled Request Item in the book’s catalog entry. This will take you to a form; please fill it out using your NWOSU email address.

If you are a distance learner or are on a satellite campus, please specify where the item should be sent. Feel free to contact the library staff for assistance.

In a Database

If you are searching in a research database and find an article that is not available in full text, the article’s reference information should include a link with the label Ask Northwestern to get this item from another library or similar.

This link will take you to an online interlibrary loan form. Please fill out the form using your NWOSU email address.

By Form

To request an item that you are unable to find in either a research database or the online catalog, use the interlibrary loan form. Provide as much information as possible, such as the complete title, author, and publication information of the book or article. Library staff members are available to assist you in your search or with your interlibrary loan request.

Intra-Campus Loans

If you find a book in the online catalog and wish to have it sent to another campus, you will find a link in the item record, Request NWOSU-owned item, through which you can request it. Expect loans between campuses to take one to two business days.

If you have questions, please contact the access services librarian via phone (580-327-8576) or email (srgilbert@nwosu.edu).

Twelve study rooms are available in the J. W. Martin Library on the Alva campus. You do not need to reserve a study room; simply enter one that is not already occupied.

Study Room 7 contains a laptop and SMART Board. For that reason, it is kept locked. Ask at the front desk if you wish to use this room.

You can connect to our network as long as your laptop or mobile device is configured to recognize a wireless signal. Your laptop should locate the wireless network connection when you open your network and sharing center from your control panel.

The network for Northwestern Oklahoma State University is listed as Rangers.

Access to the WorldCat Catalog is available from the navigation bar at the top of the screen. Select the option Catalog. On most pages of our site, you can also search the catalog directly via the search bar in the header.

You can search by:

Keyword

Type any term, such as psychology, modeling, or mental health. Be aware that keyword searching only looks for your term. There is no guarantee that the results will be about your term.

Title

Type any known words from the title. Avoid articles like a or the.

Author

Use either Last name, First name or First name Last name order.

Limit results:

  • To Northwestern Oklahoma State University Library Services to discover items held at NWOSU Library Services.

  • By Content to find peer-reviewed articles or items available in full-text.

  • By Format to find specific types of items such as articles or printed books.

Detail of left sidebar in catalog, showing limiter options.
Limiters from the catalog.

You can click on the title link of any record to get more detailed information about the item. Make sure to note the location (call number) and the status (Available, Lost, or Checked Out) of the item you want.

  • The fastest and most thorough way to look for magazine, journal, or newspaper articles is to use the Northwestern Library Services’ online research databases.

  • To learn more about how to use the research databases, see the About the Databases page. You can come to the Alva campus library for personal assistance or contact the research librarian at 580-327-8572 or dgdavidson@nwosu.edu.

If you are looking for a local newspaper, please see our current list of newspaper holdings.

Try the eBooks Help Page for tips on downloading eBooks from our various collections.

Most of our EBooks are hosted by EBSCO. You can read eBooks online, but to check out and download them, you will need to create or log into an EBSCO account (which is separate from your library account).

Most eBooks can be downloaded in EPUB or PDF format. The preferred software to read the eBooks is Adobe Digital Editions, which is available for free.