How to Use the Library: Introduction

Confused about how to get the most out of the library? This guide will walk you step-by-step through the use of the library's print materials, website, catalog, and research databases!

The J. W. Martin Library

Welcome to the J. W. Martin Library on the Alva campus of Northwestern Oklahoma State University. This guide will give you an overview of how to get the most out of the library during your research projects. In the following pages, you’ll learn about:

  1. The Print Collection
  2. The Library Website
  3. The Catalog
  4. The Databases

Each section of the guide includes a video, a step-by-step description, a glossary of library-related terms, and a brief quiz. Even if you are a distance student, or if you are studying at one of our satellite campuses in Enid or Woodward, we recommend that you complete each page of this guide, as much of what it contains will be applicable to other libraries you will use in the future.


Start by watching the introductory video below. Then, if you need to find our location, check the campus map.