Fall Break Hours

October 12, 2011 by

Now Online: Chronicle of Higher Education

October 4, 2011 by

Ramaker Library now subscribes to the electronic version of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Everyone in the Northwestern community has access to the full online publication, including premium content that would have previously required a paid subscription.   The Chronicle is well-known for its current content, commentaries, and essays about all things related to colleges and universities.  Our subscription also provides you access to the searchable archives.

To get the most out of The Chronicle, consider signing up for one of their many newsletters, such as Academe Today, the Daily Report, or Wired Campus, among others. Visit http://chronicle.com/section/Newsletters/85/ for more.

The Chronicle is also available off-campus to Northwestern users through EZ Proxy; simply log in with your NWC username and password.

It’s National Coffee Day!

September 29, 2011 by

Enjoy a FREE cup of fresh-brewed coffee at Ramaker Library

from 8:00am – 3:30pm today!

Bring your own mug!

Visit our New Coffee Corner

September 22, 2011 by

Stop by Monday – Friday, 8:00 – 10:00am, for a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Bring your own mug!

You can also put your suggestions in our new suggestion box or leave a question/request for our director, Tim Schlak, on the bulletin board.

Laptops are Back!

September 14, 2011 by

Our laptops are back in the library and available for checkout. If you want to use a laptop, just stop by the circulation desk. They can be used anywhere in the library for up to 3 hours at a time.

Northwestern’s New Business Database

September 12, 2011 by

Did you know that our Business students are learning about investing in Stocks and Bonds?   They are and they’re using our new business database – Morningstar Investment Research Center.   Morningstar provides the latest information on hundreds of stocks and mutual funds along with a system of ratings.   Students can practice building portfolios based on hundreds of criteria.  This is a top notch database so be sure and check it out.  Please close out of the database when you are done, we are limited to 1 concurrent user.

NoodleTools – Bibliography Software

September 12, 2011 by

Students, you now have access to NoodleTools, a robust bibliography creation tool that parses citations into APA, Chicago, and MLA formats.

You can enter the necessary information into NoodleTools, then export the automatically formatted bibliography to your Word document. NoodleTools does not simply create the bibliography for you, raather it prompts you for the right information so that you learn the citation format as you go. With the proper data, the bibliographies that it creates are near 100% accurate, something that RefWorks and EndNote rarely achieve.

NOTE: Each user must create a personal account. From on campus, click the “Create a Personal ID” button on the login screen. If you enter NoodleTools from off-campus, you will be prompted to log in to the subscription when you click “Create a Personal ID.”

Encyclopaedia Judaica

September 10, 2011 by

This summer Ramaker Library added the Encyclopaedia Judaica to our online encyclopedia collection.  This encyclopedia is one of the best sources for information on the Jewish faith and people, and it contains over 20,000 entries.  In print, the encyclopedia is 22 volumes, which gives you an idea of just how extensive the coverage is.

The Encyclopaedia Judaica makes many “best of” reference lists, including Library Journal’s Best Reference Sources for 2007.  Some entries include maps and illustrations, and the research and scholarship is excellent.

Use this source when you need information on anything related to Jewish history, Jewish customs and traditions, contemporary Jewish life, and Israel.

MORE Multicultural DVDs

September 8, 2011 by

We’ve added several DVDs to our

Multicultural Media Collection.

These DVDs are available for 2-day check out.

Located across from the circulation desk.

New Encyclopedias Tab

September 6, 2011 by

We recently added a 4th tab — Encyclopedias — to the search box on the library home page.



This tab is a great place to begin research on any topic.  Just enter a term in the search box on the tab to search the majority of our electronic reference collection. While this tool does not search everything we have available, it does search a broad selection of titles in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.


After you do a search, you’ll be directed to a page of results.  Simply click any title to read the full article.

You may notice how the results come from a variety of different encyclopedias.  The Gale Encyclopedia of Science will have a more general coverage of the topic, while Chemistry: Foundations and Applications will provide more in-depth insight into the chemical processes of global warming.

Also on the Encyclopedias tab is a link to Guide to Reference Resources by Subject:

This guide compiles the best print and electronic reference resources for each discipline.  Be sure to check out this guide when starting your research; it will show you some excellent reference sources.

We hope this new addition to our site helps you access our reference resources more easily and conveniently. If you have any questions, please ask a librarian

More titles are now available in JSTOR

August 29, 2011 by

Ramaker Library now offers even more journal articles through JSTOR.  This past summer, we added two more collections in the Arts & Sciences area, plus we added the complete Life Sciences collection.  New disciplines covered include biology, education, and nursing. Because of its broad range of coverage, JSTOR can be used for almost any discipline.

JSTOR, one of the library’s most-used databases, is popular for a number of reasons:

  1. It includes full-text articles.
  2. It has broad coverage; while the most recent years (typically the past 3-5 years) are not available through JSTOR, most journals begin coverage at Volume 1, Issue 1.
  3. Only scholarly journals, not newspapers or general magazines, are indexed.
  4. It covers a wide range of disciplines, include arts and humanities, education, natural sciences, and social sciences.

If you have any questions, please contact the library.

101 Encyclopedias

August 29, 2011 by

Well, not quite, as our summer acquisition of new reference products included a few dictionaries. But we nonetheless added an impressive number of online encyclopedias to replace or supplement parts of our print collection. These new reference titles include but are not limited to (on campus or E-Z Proxy access only):

The entirety of the reference products will be available on Ramaker’s homepage as soon as a few updates to our reference services section are complete.

What’s New @ Ramaker Library? (Part 4)

August 26, 2011 by

Need a study break? 

Games are available for 2-hour checkout.  Enjoy them anywhere within the library.

What’s New @ Ramaker Library? (Part 3)

August 25, 2011 by

Scanner that delivers documents via email.  (For campus email addresses only.)

(located near the main desk by the student printers)

FREE Coffee is back!

August 24, 2011 by