Library Resources


What It Is

The Library is one of your most important resources. Subject specialists, rich collections, and a vast and varied array of services are at your doorstep.


What to Find Where

The University Libraries are home to general circulating collections as well as specialized areas dedicated to African Studies, transportation, music, art, and special collections.  

In the center of the Evanston campus is a collection of materials for the study of religion, at the United Library of the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. 

Yet further north you’ll find the Seeley G. Mudd Library, the prime spot for the study of the sciences and engineering. 

On the Chicago campus, the Galter Health Sciences Library and the Pritzker Legal Research Center house numerous materials. 



How do you navigate the libraries? Check out the subject and topical guides, or contact any of the more than 40 subject specialists.

Need a consultation about your research project? No problem. You can set up a customized session with one of the librarians. Also check out this guide on the research process.

Just contact the specialist of your choice, or fill out a research consultation form. Librarians are available virtually or by phone, or you are welcome to just drop by the library. 


books to help you get started (NU Libraries have these!)


  1. Beaudry, J. S., & Miller, L. (2016). Research literacy : a primer for understanding and using research. New York: Guilford.
  2. Booth, W. C. (2016). The craft of research. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press.
  3. Bouma, G. D., & Carland, S. (2016). The research process. South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
  4. Jensen, E. A., & Laurie, A. C. (2016). Doing real research : a practical guide to social research. London: Sage Publications.
  5. Wisker, Gina. (2019). The undergraduate research handbook. London: Red Globe Press.

  6. Grix, Jonathan. (2019). The foundations of research. London: Red Globe Press.


  1. Booth, A., Sutton, A., & Papaioannou, D. (2016). Systematic approaches to a successful literature review. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  2. Jesson, J., Matheson, L., & Lacey, F. M. (2011). Doing your literature review : traditional and systematic techniquesLondon: Sage Publications.
  3. Machi, L. A., & McEvoy, B. T. (2016). The literature review : six steps to success. Thousand Oaks: Corwin Sage.
  4. Pan, M. L. (2017). Preparing literature reviews : qualitative and quantitative approachesLondon: Routledge.
  5. Ridley, D. (2013). The literature review : a step-by-step guide for students. London: Sage.
  6. Efron, Sara Efrat. (2019). Writing the literature review: A practical guide. New York, NY: The Guilford Press.

  7. Fink, Arlene. (2020). Conducting research literature reviews: From the internet to paper. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE Publications, Inc.



  1. Wrench, J. S., Thomas-Maddox, C., Richmond, V. P., & McCroskey, J. C. (2016). Quantitative research methods for communication : a hands-on approach. New York: Oxford University Press.
  2. Leong, E.-C., Heah, C. L. H., & Ong, K. K. W. (2016). Guide to research projects for engineering students : planning, writing and presenting. London: Spon Press.
  3. Holliday, A. (2016). Doing & writing qualitative researchLondon: Sage Publications.
  4. Loseke, D. R. (2017). Methodological thinking : basic principles of social research design. Los Angeles: Sage Publications.
  5. Striano, T. (2016). Doing developmental research : a practical guide. New York: Guilford.
  6. Waller, V., Farquharson, K., & Dempsey, D. (2016). Qualitative social research : contemporary methods for the digital age. London: Sage Publications.
  7. Yin, R. K. (2016). Qualitative research from start to finish. New York: Guilford.
  8. Flick, Uwe. (2018). An introduction to qualitative research (6th edition.. ed.). Los Angeles: SAGE.

  9. Besen-Cassino, Yasemin. (2018). Social research methods by example: Applications in the modern world. New York, NY: Routledge.


Evanston Campus

University Library Subject Specialists

Research Guides by Subject Area

Special Libraries, Collections and Archives


Chicago Campus

Galter Health Sciences Library

Pritzker Legal Research Center