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Database Directory

Off-campus Access:
Students use myNSU username and password
Faculty /Staff use email username and password

Library Services for Distance Learning Students and Faculty

Many NSU programs are available online, the university libraries make available resources to support students and faculty who work with online courses.

University Libraries include the Shreveport Education Center Library which serves the College of Nursing and Allied Health and NSU Leesville Library. To locate these services, use the Library Webpage or the index to the right. The following describe library services available to online students and faculty:

  • Cammie G. Henry Research Center  The Cammie G. Henry Research Center houses nearly 800 Manuscript Collections including Melrose, Caroline Dormon, and the Federal Writers’ Project. It collects, preserves, and makes available manuscripts and published materials relating to the culture and history of NSU and Northwest Louisiana. Here, you’ll find the University Archives documenting Northwestern State University’s history, and the Louisiana Book and Rare Book Collections including journals, microfilm, and Louisiana newspapers. The Melrose Imaging Project scans fragile documents and images and makes them available for electronic viewing and transmission. Most materials in these collections do not circulate. The Research Center’s hours of operation are generally weekdays from 8 am to 5 pm.
  • Contact Us to reach any library faculty or staff by email or phone. The contacts include the faculty and staff for the Shreveport and Leesville/Ft. Polk campuses.
  • EResources include Ebooks, EJournals, documents, art works, and full-text articles from newspapers and journals. Students access these resources via the library webpage and log in using their myNSU username and password. Faculty and staff use their email username and password.Ebooks are available via the online catalog and through databases such as Gail Virtual Reference Library, Literati, Health Ebooks, History Ebooks, Literature Ebooks, and Science Ebooks purchased from Salem Press (Greyhouse Publishing).EJournal collections from Sage. Wiley, and IEEE are also available for full-text articles.Videos may be viewed through Ambrose Digital Videos, Counseling and Therapy in Video, and Dance in Video.Electronic journal articles are available in over 100 databases (American Chemical Society Web Editions and ScienceDirect Limited are only available on campus because of the contracts with these two vendors) are available remotely.Electronic collections include historical journal and newspaper collections, artistic works (ARTStor), civil war primary sources documents, Sanborn maps, etc.
  • Government Documents is a vital reference services component . Watson Library is a selective federal depository of government information and approximately 30% of everything published by the federal government and distributed by the depository service is available here. Emphasis areas include education, health, and business. Most documents are listed in the library online catalog. Many government documents are available on the Internet and links are provided on the library web page. Government documents not held by Watson Library may be borrowed via Interlibrary Loan.
  • Information Literacy or Library Instruction may be scheduled by distance learning faculty via WebEx. Faculty may contact a librarian and set up a WebEx session which will be taught by the librarian requested. The librarian and faculty member will work out what will be taught and using the desktop sharing feature, will demonstrate how to perform the tasks requested.
  • Interlibrary Loan allows distance learners to receive articles and other materials not available through the library databases. Interlibrary loan uses Illiad software which allows patrons to request and check the status of requested materials electronically. Interlibrary loan relies on the Online College Library Collection (OCLC) database to locate items from the holdings of more than 10,000 libraries. A statewide courier service handles requests for books and multimedia materials available in-state. Requests for books, articles, theses, dissertations, videos, DVDs, and others are submitted electronically through the Interlibrary Loan link on the University Libraries home page. The College of Nursing & School of Allied Health Library in Shreveport also uses the National Library of Medicine’s Docline interlibrary loan system. Materials available in electronic format will be sent directly to the requestor’s desktop and may be printed or downloaded, usually within 48 to 72 hours. Interlibrary loan is free to all library users with the library covering the costs.
  • LibGuides provide online help to users. LibGuides allow librarians to promote library services, create bibliographies, curate knowledge and share information in a convenient online format. LibGuides may be used for a specific class or topic, or for a department as is the case with Government Information.
  • LaLinc Cards are available through the director of libraries office. This enables distance learning students to request a card which will enable them to check out materials from participating Louisiana Academic Libraries. Each individual library has the right to restrict service or require a credit card as security against materials not being returned.
  • Reference Services are available through email, telephone, or text. Reference librarians will contact patrons during normal working hours or by special appointments if necessary. The information to contact reference librarians is on the library webpage and to contact individual library faculty or staff on the Contact Us on the menu on the right hand side of the library webpage.

Friends of the Library

Typically, “Friends” are Northwestern alumni who wish to continue using library materials and databases after graduation; but anyone may become a Friend.  You’ll need a Friend of the Library I.D. Card to check out materials. Circulation Period is usually 3 weeks.

We send notices by e-mail, so you must have an email account. If you don’t have email, you can create one via free services like Hotmail, Gmail or Yahoo

A Friends account costs $35, by check or money order, payable to “Friends of the Library,” plus a  one-time five dollar I.D. Card fee,  check or money order only, payable to “NSU”.

To become a Friend, complete an application and present it to the Watson Library Office, the Leesville Circulation Desk or the Shreveport Nursing Library Circulation Desk along with your check or money order. You may print out the form by clicking here,  or pick one up at the above locations.

Government Documents

What We Have

Watson Library is a 35% selective depository for Federal Government documents.  Designated as a depository in 1887, Watson Library is one of the oldest depositories in the state of Louisiana.  As a heritage depository, our collection mingles new documents with historical items.

Government information covers a wide range of topics including Agriculture, Business, Education, Health, History, Science, and Statistics.  When searching the library’s online catalog for these and other topics, expect to find government documents listed in your results.  Many government documents are now issued in electronic format, so look for a URL link when accessing government information.  Documents published in electronic format are not necessarily websites, but are merely published works distributed through the Internet.

In compliance with Title 44 U.S.C. §§1901 -1916 (2010), all Federal Depository Library content is available for free use by the general public including all people in our region and Congressional District.  While only Northwestern State University affiliates or Friends of the Library may check documents out of the library, there is a scanner available for anyone to scan library material free of charge and save it to a flash drive.

Watson Library is a selective Louisiana State Documents Depository.  Search State documents through the library catalog.  Most State documents are located in the Cammie G. Henry Research Center located on the third floor of Watson Library.  For uncataloged and ephemeral documents, see the Research Center staff.

How To Find It

All government documents published 1976-Present, which are held by Watson library are listed in the library’s online public access catalog (OPAC).  This includes electronic-only titles as well as documents published in paper, microfiche, video, and DVD/CD formats.

Click on the URL provided to access electronic-only titles.  Otherwise, note the location and the call number to find items located in the Government Documents Reading Room on the first floor of the library.

For government documents published before 1976, you may use the print indices in the Reference Room on the first floor of the library.

When in doubt, consult the reference librarian on duty.

About the Federal Depository Library Program

The United States Government is the largest publisher in the world. It distributes materials in a variety of formats, including electronic, CD, microfiche, and paper. As part of its publishing program, the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) through the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) distributes certain classes of Government documents free of cost to designated libraries throughout the United States and its territories.These libraries are known as Federal depository libraries.

Federal depository libraries must offer free, public access to their Federal collections, even if the depository library is part of a private academic institution. In addition, information specialists are available at these libraries to assist the American public to locate Federal information.


Find It!

NSU Publications Online

NSU/Normal Catalogs
Catalogs of Louisiana State Normal School, Louisiana State Normal College, Northwestern State College, and Northwestern State University of Louisiana.  1885-Present

NSU student yearbook -1909-Present

Cane River Country
A story about a people and their landscape, legacy, and history.

Current Sauce
The official student-run newspaper of Northwestern State University of Louisiana  1914-Present

Alumni Columns
Alumni News  1938-Present

Northwestern State University’s award winning art and literary magazine 1976-Present

NSU 1884-1984 A History   by Marietta M. LeBreton
Comprehensive history of Northwestern State University since its establishment as the Louisiana State Normal School was published as a part of the University’s Centennial Celebration in 1984.

Northwestern at 125     Editors: Jerry Pierce, Dr. Steve Horton, Don Sepulvado and Tom Whitehead
The book, a glimpse of the school’s 125-year history, was published as a tribute to the 75,000 alumni of Normal and Northwestern and the students, teachers, coaches, administrators and friends of the university who were a part of its rich heritage.

Steel Magnolias Scrapbook
The Steel Magnolias Scrapbook documents the story of the summer of 1988 when TriStar Pictures filmed Natchitoches native Robert Harling’s play, Steel Magnolias, with a star-studded cast including Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Daryl Hannah and Julia Roberts on the campus of Northwestern State University.

Louisiana Digital Library
An online library of Louisiana institutions making unique historical treasures from the Louisiana’s archives, libraries, museums, and other repositories in the state electronically accessible.

Study Carrels

A limited number of private study carrels with locks are available on the second and third floors of Watson Library.  They are assigned for one semester, and you must be enrolled at NSU.  To request a carrel, fill out application form in the Library Office Room 309. There’s a one-time key deposit of $10.

Carrels are assigned based on the following:

  1. Faculty members working on dissertations.
  2. Faculty members doing special research.
  3. Graduate students working on thesis and dissertations.
  4. Undergraduates working on research projects.