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Frequently Asked Questions


How do I use the Libraries' Online Catalog?
Follow the link to the catalog from the NWOSU Libraries' homepage

Enter a keyword or phrase in the search box and use the drop-down menu on the right to indicate the kind of search you would like to perform.  A list of titles will appear that are relevant in some way to your search.  

You can click on the title link of any record to get more detailed information on the status and location of the item.  Make sure to note the location (Alva or Enid campus) and the status (on the shelf, lost, or checked out) of the item.


How do I find magazine, journal, and newspaper articles?

The fastest and most thorough way to look for magazine, journal, and newspaper articles is to use the Northwestern Libraries' online databases via EBSCO (accessible from the EBSCO link on the homepage).

To learn more about how to use the databases, take the EBSCO Tutorial or come to either campus library for personal assistance.


What titles and dates of newspapers do the libraries have?

NWOSU libraries hold the following microfilm and physical copies of the listed newspapers:

Alva Review Courier
Jan. 13, 1899 - Dec 31, 1994 on Microfilm (Alva Campus)
Nov. 10 1994 - Present - Physical Copy (Alva Campus)

The Oklahoman
(Name changed from "Oklahoma Daily Press Gazette" to "Daily Oklahoman" to "The Oklahoman")
Mar. 10 - June 29, 1894 on Microfilm (Alva Campus)
Jan. 3, 1903 - 2010 on Microfilm (Alva Campus)
Current Month - Physical Copy (Enid and Alva Campus)

The New York Times:  Sept., 1851 – 2010 on Microfilm (Alva Campus)
Wall Street Journal - Current  - Physical Copy (Alva & Enid Campus)
Oklahoma Observer - Current three months - Physical Copy (Alva Campus)
Tulsa World - Current  - Physical Copy (Alva Campus)
Enid News and Eagle - Current - Physical Copy (Alva & Enid Campus)

Local Papers - current issue - available only on the Alva Campus
Anthony Republican
Cherokee Messenger and Republican
Ellis County Capital
Gage Record
Garber Billings News
Laverne Leader Tribune
Tonkawa News

How do I request an Interlibrary Loan (ILL)?

First, check the NWOSU Libraries' online catalog to make sure the book is not available at either campus library.  If you are unable to come to either library, please feel free to call for assistance.

To request an ILL that is not found in Ebsco or the online catalog, use the online form hereProviding as much information as possible, such as the complete title, author, and publication information of the book or article increases the likelihood of successful results.  Also, library staff members are available to assist you in your search or with your ILL request.  If you have any questions, please contact the libraries via phone or e-mail - nwlibraries@nwosu.edu.

 Can I connect to wireless internet at the library with my own laptop? 

You can do this only if your laptop is set-up to recognize a wireless signal.  Your laptop should locate the wireless network available in the library when you bring it in.  The network connection password is Rangers.