Partner Institution StudentsNorthumbria University Library provides partner institution students with a wide range of services that will help you to achieve success in your studies.
The following links should provide you with the information you need to get started at Northumbria University Library.
Computer Usernames and Passwords
Accessing desktop ANYWHERE
Accessing Your University Email Account
Accessing the eLearning Portal
Accessing Electronic Resources via NORA Power Search
How to Find Journal Articles via NORA
Accessing Electronic Books
Skills to Help You Find Information
Referencing and Plagiarism
Visiting Northumbria University Library
Ask 4 Help
MyNorthumbria can be accessed from the Student link on the University home page www.northumbria.ac.uk MyNorthumbria gives you access to personalised information, some of this information may not be relevant to you if you are studying from a distance. There are some quick links to the Library, eLearning Portal and Email.
To access MyNorthumbria, follow the steps below:
Your Northumbria Computer Username and Password
This password allows you to access your University e-mail account and access many other Library and University services e.g. NORA, Desktop Anywhere, Blackboard (eLP).
Your computer username and password are usually included on your course enrolment/registration form, or are distributed by the course administrator at your partner institution. It is confidential information and it is your responsibility to ensure that no one else has access to your login details.
All usernames and passwords are case sensitive. You must type in your
username and password exactly as they are shown on your enrolment
If you are having difficulty logging into the system or using your username and password then please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will reply to you as soon as possible.
desktop ANYWHERE is the Northumbria University service, which provides access to student IT and Library facilities from most computers with a connection to the Internet.
Using desktop ANYWHERE you can access:
- Your files on the U drive (your own personal, secure space on the university server)
- Standard desktop applications
- Your email
- Electronic Information Source
The guide on the following web page explains further about accessing desktop ANYWHERE
To access your Northumbria email click the Email link at the top of any of the Northumbria web pages or within MyNorthumbria and login with your Northumbria username and password. The system offers a whole host of services and collaborative learning tools:
- 10 gigabytes (GB) of email storage space
- Skydrive for additional file storage
- Document sharing
- Instant messaging
- Video chat
- Mobile email
You can also check your email via desktop ANYWHERE.
Northumbria’s eLearning Portal contains information about the modules you are studying. The eLearning Portal is available both on and off campus and there are links to many resources including study skills resources.
As you are learning at a distance it is vital that you become familiar with using the eLearning Portal.
Opening the eLearning Portal
- Open the Northumbria University homepage in your browser - http://northumbria.ac.uk
- Click on the eLearning Portal button at the top of the page and login with your University username and password
- You will now see your personal portal page and the courses you are enrolled on.
The first screen you see when you login to the eLearning Portal is the Welcome screen. From here you can view:
- My Courses - This will show any modules you are studying. You can click on any module for information on assignments, course documents and more.
- Useful Tools - This gives access to your e-mail, grades, personal information, group pages and desktop Anywhere. Click on any of these links to see what information is there for you.
- My Announcements - This section will show the latest announcements and important information.
The Library home page www.northumbria.ac.uk/library is your starting point to access resources to help you with your studies. You can access NORA and the Library Catalogue from the home page. Staff and students from Northumbria University's partner institutions can, subject to licensing restrictions, take advantage of some quality online information resources.
NORA Power Search www.northumbria.ac.uk/nora is a search tool that allows you to search for quality subject information from a wide range of resources to which the Library subscribes; enabling you to take advantage of specialist materials where licenses allow. NORA resources are also grouped into subject collections. You can choose a subject in the Browse Resources by Subject section and then click on the links to go direct to a specific database.
The range of resources available through NORA includes e-books, full-text journal articles, journal indexes and abstracts, newspaper articles, statistical datasets, image databases, company and market reports, maps, dissertations, theses, conference papers and recommended webpages.
Further information on how to use NORA is available from Skills Plus.
Staff and students from Northumbria University's partner institutions can, subject to licensing restrictions, take advantage of some quality online information resources.
Journals can provide you with quality academic information to use in your studies. Help with how to search for journal articles can be found in the following NORA Helpsheet.
If you need help with searching for information using any of our resources please contact us on email@example.com
As well as using the Library resources at the institution at which you are taught, you have access, where licences allow, to a growing selection of eBooks from Northumbria Library that you can access via the Library Catalogue www.northumbria.ac.uk/librarycat.
To see if we have eBooks on your subject area:
- Go to the Library Catalogue
- Select More search options
- Enter your topic or keyword(s)
- Choose Electronic Books Catalogue from the Collection menu
Northumbria Skills Plus is a collection of training materials and helpguides that you can use to help develop your library, IT and study skills.
- You can choose the format or style of help that you want
- There are short tutorials that you can work through or, if you prefer, you can view a brief video demonstration or use a printable helpguide
- Access Skills Plus through the library webpages (www.northumbria.ac.uk/skillsplus)
Finding Information on the Web for Your Assignments
As a student you may be overwhelmed with the information you can find by searching the web. You need to evaluate web pages because the reliability and accuracy of the content and the source of the information is not always immediately apparent. The section in Skills Plus Evaluating Information will give you some help.
As well as using the Skills Plus materials, you might also want to look at the Virtual Training Suite which provides free internet tutorials for all subject areas to help develop internet research skills.
When you are writing any kind of assessment you will be asked to reference the sources of information that you have used. Referencing is important for the following reasons:
- to show the wide variety of sources you have used
- to show that you have used relevant sources
- to support the ideas and arguments that you discuss in your work
- to avoid plagiarism
Information on how to reference accurately can be found in Skills Plus, including the Referencing - a quick guide helpsheet to get you started.
If you are visiting Northumbria University you may borrow books. You will need to bring along your registration document from your home institution and your passport if you are studying outside the UK
There are several different ways you can get help during your studies at Northumbria University. Our staff are happy to help you with any Library related query you may have.
- Telephone: Call +44 191 227 4125
- Face to Face: Ask at the Enquiry Desk in the Library