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How Do I...

1. Find books, movies, video games, etc.?
Use the library's catalog, NovaCat, to search for items available at NSU Libraries. Be sure to double check the location, call number, and status (availability) of each item you search for so you can easily find it on the shelf of the appropriate library.

e-Books (books you can read on your computer) and audiovisual materials such as music, movies, and audio-books are also listed in this catalog.
2. Get a library card?
If you live, work, or go to school in Broward County, you can apply for a library card in person at the circulation desk or online. If you are already a NSU student or staff member, your SharkCard is your library card. If your library is a SEFLIN member, visit the SEFLIN website for information on card application.
3. Find journal articles on my topic?
To find journal articles electronically, you will need to use the databases. If you are just getting started with your research, you may want to search for articles in the "general & multidisciplinary" database list first. Choosing a "Top Pick" from one of the other subjects will get you more targeted results. You will need to log in to use most electronic resources.
4. Get full-text of a specific journal article?
If you already have the citation for a particular article, you can use Journal Finder to find out which database provides electronic access to the journal you are looking for. If the journal is available in a database, the name will be displayed, along with the years of coverage (i.e. the years of the journal issues you can access). If you see the word "embargo", then you will not be able to access the latest issues (can be anywhere from months to one year).

If you are already in the databases and the link to full-text is not there, you can click on this icon: Find It! icon A new window will open with links to Journal Finder, NovaCat, and ILLiad.
Video: How to use FindIT (1:25)

5. Request items the NSU libraries do not own?
You must submit your request for items through ILLiad, the library's online interlibrary loan system. This is a free service for users of the library. The department of Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan processes requests for items as they come in-this can take a couple of days so make sure to request items in advance.
Video Video: How to use ILLiad (4:04)
6. Get to the databases?
1. From Sharklink: You can subscribe to the Alvin Sherman Library Tab and access databases, journals, and search the catalog directly.

2. From the NSU home page: Hover over the top navigation and follow this path: Discover NSU > NSU Overview > Libraries. Then click on the Alvin Sherman Library link on the right.

3. From the Alvin Sherman Library home page: We have many links to the databases start page. Click on Databases > Click on the correct link depending on the group you belong to (NSU, ALumni, Broward, Walk-in guest) > Log in > Find a list of databases by su ject, name, or view all.
8. Cite my sources?
A citation is a reference to a source of information. It should include enough identifying information, including such information as the author, title, and source, so that a reader can locate a copy of the item. Citations may reference any type of information. Depending on the discipline you are writing for, there are different style guides to follow when formatting and citing your sources. Some examples include: American Psychological Association, Modern Language Association, Chicago Manual of Style, etc.
* See APA Style Library Guide for more information.
* Online Writing Lab at Purdue University (OWL) - Additional style guide information for APA, MLA, Chicago etc.
9. Get help from a librarian?
Ak a LibrarianClick on this icon anywhere on our site.
Librarians are also available for one-on-one training appointments. To request an appointment, please fill out the appropriate form on this page.
10. Print in the library?

NSU STUDENTS: Each registered NSU full-time and part-time student receives a print allocation of $75 (750 pages) per academic year (July 1 through June 30) through SharkPrint. For help and instructions on using SharkPrint please also visit SharkPrint How To Guide.


SharkPrint is the document printing resources that allows students, staff, or public patron to efficiently print documents in the computer labs. For instructions on how to print, see the links below.


Please go to www.nova.edu/sharkprint, and click on “Login to SharkPrint”. All NSU students/staff will use their SharkLink username and password to access their printing account.

All public patrons and guests will need to create a SharkPrint account and create their own username and password.


Please go to www.nova.edu/sharkprint look under the heading of “Help Documents” or “Videos” for detailed step-by-step instructions on using the many features of SharkPrint.


All public patrons and guests will need to create a SharkPrint account and create their own username and password.

When prompted enter your username and password after clicking "print". Retrieve your document(s) at the appropriate printer by (1) entering the same name and password used to create your account (2) insert your NSU library card into the card reader to pay for the print job.

If you "do not" have an NSU library card please ask a librarian about purchasing a cash card. You can add more money to your card at a cash card station on the first or second floor.


All black and white documents are charges at $0.05/per page. All color documents are charged at $0.10/per page.

***Note for Students: Once your print allocation of $75 allocation has been used for the current year, you will need to add your own funds to your NSU ID card at a cash card station on the first or second floor.


Please go to www.nova.edu/sharkprint and click on “Login to SharkPrint”. Login is using your SharkLink information if you are an NSU student/staff or your SharkPrint information if you are a public patron. Click on “Recent Print Jobs” and select the job you want refunded.

***Please note that before you request a refund, ensure that a lab technician or lab monitor is notified to validate your issue or your refund will be denied***.

***Public and guest users can get assistance from any Reference Librarian.


For issues with your login and password, please contact the help desk at 954-262-4357. For all other issues, please contact Campus Card Services at 954-262-8929. Need more help with printing in the library? Visit SharkPrint How To Guide.

11. Access the NSU Wireless network?
NSU-affiliated users and the public can access the wireless network on campus. Instructions on accessing the wireless network can be found here. Staff in OIT labs can assist you with wireless access. In the Alvin Sherman Library laptops with wireless access are also available for check from the OIT desk on the first floor.
12. Check out a study room?
There are 23 group study rooms available for check out with your library card at the Circulation Desk. For more information on these spaces and policies, see Check Out a Study Room. For information on reserving a conference room at the library, please see Conference Rooms.
13. Become a Volunteer?
Check out the Volunteers section on our teen blog. Note that volunteers must be ages 14-17 and accruing hours for school. We cannot currently accommodate volunteers older or younger, or volunteers needing court-ordered service hours.
14. Get to the library (directions, address, map, parking...)?
We are in Davie, on the campus of Nova Southeastern University. Get our address and exact directions here.
Park in the garage just outside the library for $1 per hour, paid in advance at a meter in the garage. You may also add money at the meter near the West End Ave Deli inside the library.
And why do I have to pay to park? The public parking rate for the garage is set by the county, just as at the main library downtown.
15. Find a good book* for my child to read?
* Accelerated Readers' List, Sunshine State Reader, award-winning & reading-level appropriate.
For Accelerated Reader list: Most schools have their lists posted online. Find school websites at browardschools.com. We have lists on the Ready Reference Shelf, too.

For Sunshine State Readers: We have the list online under "Award Lists for Kids" on our GoodReads page, on the Ready Reference Shelf, or online at myssyra.org.

Award-winning children's books: See this GoodReads page for many popular award lists.

For your child's reading level: Ask a librarian or go to Children's Literature Comprehensive Database.
16. Get the schedule for adult, student, teen, and/or children programs?
Library events are listed in our searchable "Happenings" calendar. You can limit your search by keyword, program target age, or type of program.


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