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Frequently Asked Questions


  • How do I access the library's databases when I'm not on campus?

    There are step-by-step instructions available on the library's Web page. You need to use your NW username and your NW Windows password when asked for a username and password. If you have any problems downloading the software, please call Academic Computing at 660-562-1634 for assistance. If you have problems using the databases to find the information you need, please call Owens Library at 660-562-1193 during Reference Service Hours.

  • Where can I find information on citing materials in my paper?

    The librarians have developed guides for citing print sources, full-text periodical articles from online databases such as EBSCOhost and Gale, and Web pages. Examples from four style manuals (MLA, APA, Turabian, and Scientific Style-CSE) are available at Citing Sources. If your source isn't listed on the page, the complete style manuals are available in the library.

  • Where do I look for articles on my topic?

    There are prioritized lists of databases to use for each major on campus from the Articles & Guides Web page. For example, if you're taking a Biology course and need to find articles for that class (even if your major is Mathematics), click on Biological Sciences on the Find by Subject list. The titles are in recommended order for usefulness to find articles on topics common to each major.

  • May I renew my books online?

    Yes, you may! Step-by-step instructions are provided for renewing books online.

  • My account has been charged for overdue books, who can explain the charges to me?

    You can call the library and speak with Kathy Howell at 660-562-1195 or you can e-mail her at: She maintains the overdue files and will have the paperwork for your charges.

  • How can I find peer-reviewed articles on my topic?

    Instructions are available for limiting to peer-reviewed articles through EBSCOhost and checking the status of a journal title through UlrichsWeb.

  • What equipment is available for checkout from the library?
    Equipment Loan Period
    Camcorder (Includes Flip Video) 3 Day Checkout
    LCD Projector 3 Day Checkout
    Digital Camera 3 Day Checkout
    DVD Player 1 Week Checkout
    Lecturnette (public address system) 1 Week Checkout
    Microphone 1 Week Checkout
    Notebook Computer 1 Week Checkout
    Overhead Projector 1 Week Checkout
    Power Inverter 1 Week Checkout
    Projection Screen 1 Week Checkout
    Tape Recorder 1 Week Checkout
    Tripod 1 Week Checkout
    VCR 1 Week Checkout
    MP3 Player 21 Day Checkout
    e-Reader 21 Day Checkout
  • How do I find out which books I have checked out?

    You can view your library account online and it will show which books you have checked out and when they are due.

  • How many items can I check-out and for how long?

    A list of borrower types (faculty, staff, undergraduate, graduate, etc.) and loan periods can be found on the Circulation Policy Composite List.

  • How do I borrow books from another Missouri library?

    It's easy to borrow books from another Missouri library. Most books are received in Owens Library within two days of placing the request. Step-by-step instructions are available on the library's Web page.

  • How do I find out if Owens Library has a particular book?

    Instructions are available to search the library catalog by author or by title. It is also possible to use other methods of finding out which materials Owens Library owns by using keywords, subject headings, or call numbers.

  • How do I find out if Owens Library has a particular journal?

    Find periodical titles (print & electronic) by entering the title of the journal, magazine, or newspaper publication.

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