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Help, Guides and Instructions: New Faculty Help

This Research Guide helps patrons of the NWC Library make the most of their library experience by introducing important electronic resources and collections available to them. It serves as a starting place to learn how to use the library online search too

Library Keytag

A NWC Library Keytag card with a 10-digit barcode is needed to borrow materials.  These keytags are issued at the Circulation Desk in the library.



You will also need a keytag to log in to your library account, recall any checked out materials, or to initiate Interlibrary Loan materials.


Course Reserves

Course Reserves are high-use materials that have been selected and made available at the Naval War College Library for student use.  Items on reserve may include:

  • Books
  • Supplemental Readings
  • Films
  • Style Manuals
  • Journal Articles
  • Other professor-generated material


Please contact for further information



The Reference Librarians at the NWC Library offer instruction sessions to student and staff at the Naval War College.  We are committed to instructing the NWC community on how to utilize the library's resources, and to foster and develop the research skill of our patrons to help them become lifelong learners.


Contact us to invite a librarian to visit one of your classes:

  • To introduce themselves and the library to students
  • To teach students about the library's resources and how to access them
  • To teach students important research skills so they can get the most out of the resources available to them 


Contact us to invite a librarian to meet with particular staff members or departments to update them on new electronic resources/journals, or to give a refresher on the library's vast resources.


At the start of each academic term, the Library hosts workshops to all incoming students.  These workshops focus on topics such as database searching, the use of ebooks, finding journal articles, and navigating the library website.  Information on times and dates for these workshops are sent through email, advertised on flyers throughout the campus, and posted via Facebook and the library website.  Most workshops are first-come, first-served; but others may require reservations.

Faculty are encouraged to suggest topics for research guides-- whether it pertains the curriculum, is an extension of a class syllabus, or merely is a subject that students or other faculty will be potentially interested in!

  • Collaborate on guides on a specific course assignment
  • Suggest a guide on a more general subject related to your discipline


Please contact the Reference Librarians to learn more about using Research Guides to your advantage!


Collection Development

The library encourages all faculty to submit requests for library materials to support the study, instruction, or research needs of the NWC community..  Please bring any title suggestions to the attention of library staff by filling out the form below.  Kindly include as much information as possible; such as Title, Author, ISBN/ISSN, Publisher; to enable library staff to correctly identify the requested material . Keep in mind that the Library cannot guarantee purchase of every suggested item, due to budget and library collection policy restraints.


Recommend a Purchase Form

The NWC Library is committed to highlighting and promoting faculty publications.  Many items are added to the library collection, and items are also featured in our Faculty Publication Display Case. In order to help us keep up-to-date, it is encouraged that faculty keep the library informed of any new publications.  Please let us know about your work!



Faculty Display Case, located in Spruance Lobby, that highlights faculty publications.  If faculty members are able to provide an author's copy of books or off-prints of recent publications, the contribution would be greatly appreciated in helping the library maintain its current display.