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Research Fundamentals: Library Extras

A guide to print and online resources for starting your research.

Snell FAQs

Want to know about Northeastern University Library

Navigating Northeastern University Library

Finding Snell Library on the campus maps 

Exploring Neighboring Libraries

  • The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is a group of 17 academic libraries in New England, many  of them in the greater Boston area.  The libraries of the BLC share many of their resources.  As a NU student you can use any of the libraries of the BLC, and can borrow books directly by obtaining a consortium card from the circulation desk in Snell Library.



  • Harvard Libraries-  Borrowing privileges are mostly limited to those at Harvard. There are many libraries at Harvard University and each one has a different visitor policy. Please check the access policy of the library you wish to visit before you go!

Mysterious Library Words

ABSTRACT = SUMMARY a brief summary of an article or book

ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY =  a list of sources on a research topic, each with a summary or evaluation. For examples, see the handout from the Purdue OWL.

APA=American Psychological Association sets the citation style for research in the social sciences.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC CITATION = STUFF YOU PUT INTO A WORK CITED PAGE  the standard written information about a source (book, article, webpage, interview, etc.) which identifies the source and helps the reader to locate the source. Commonly used citations styles are MLA and APA; there are more details at Citations and Bibliographies

BLC = BOSTON LIBRARY CONSORTIUM  an association of 17 academic and research libraries located in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Hampshire, dedicated to sharing resources to advance the research and learning of its community members.

CALL NUMBER = ADDRESS  in academic libraries, usually a combination of letter and numbers assigned to each book or periodical in the library allowing for the arrangement of the materials by subject

CIRCULATION (RESERVES, InterLibrary Loan) = ONE-STOP TO GET YOUR "STUFF" You can borrow, pick up interlibrary loan get things put on Reserve by your professor. Everything has a different due date; usually you can have Reserve materials for two hours.

ILLIAD (InterLibrary Loan) = WE GET IT FOR YOU the NU Libraries' system for requesting materials from other libraries that the NU Libraries doesn't own.

JOURNAL FINDING = DO WE HAVE THE JOURNAL I NEED? can be answered by using the Ejournal Finder (to tell you what we have online) or Scholar OneSearch --> Library Catalogs which will tell you what we have in online AND in print format.

LIBRARY CATALOGS is a dropdown option in Scholar OneSearch to search the NU Libraries (Snell, Law and African American Institute) to locate "stuff": books, videos and DVDs, e-books and documents and streaming videos.

MLA = MODERN LANGUAGE ASSOCIATION sets the citation style used in humanities research..

My Account in Scholar OneSearch= YOUR PERSONAL RECORD(S) of what you have borrowed or requested through the Library Catalogs. It also lets you renew items online.

PRIMARY SOURCES = ORIGINAL, FIRST-HAND observations or accounts of events or experiments. They may include books, journal or newspaper articles, multimedia, government documents, statistical data, and archival materials

RESEARCH HELP DESK = I NEED HELP! located on the first floor of Snell Library, where reference librarians are available to help you with your research questions. There are other ways to get research help as well.

SCHOLARLY JOURNAL (AND OTHER TYPES OF PERIODICALS) = SCHOLARLY, OR ACADEMIC. JOURNALS usually contain research articles with summaries of existing research, and documented sources (footnotes, reference lists, etc...)

SECONDARY SOURCES = click on the link and scroll down to see examples, such as SECOND-HAND accounts, descriptions or analyses of primary sources.

STACKS = SHELVES where books and other library items are located. Snell Stacks are arranged on the 3rd and 4th floor of the library in call number order.