Design Thinking

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Need research help? Ask us!

Find your library liaison

A librarian is assigned to each NPS School, Center, Institute, or other curriculum to assist the faculty and students in those areas.

Request article or book = Interlibrary Loan

IMPORTANT! This service is temporarily unavailable until further notice. See our Library Status, ILL Unavailable page.

Find something you need and we don't have it? 

Request article or book
(Interlibrary Loan)

  • ​One-time registration required. (You'll be prompted to register.)
  • Article PDFs can arrive as quickly as 2-3 days.
  • Print books can take 1-2 weeks.
  • DL students: we'll also send library-owned materials to you.

(3:59 min.)

Remote Access. How and when do I need to login?

If you're off campus, choose the method of access that works for you:


  • Simply wait to login (NPS credentials) when when prompted



  • Go to My Accounts to login to the different services

Login Flowchart

remote access

You already have access to your Library Account, but you'll need to do a one-time registration for these separately:

Quick Search Tips

  • First, be as specific as possible
    Broaden your keywords if you don't get enough relevant results.
  • For exact phrases
    Use "quotation marks"
  • For acronyms or synonyms
    Use OR
  • For stemming or word variations
    Use an asterisk (*)  (Symbol may vary by database.)
    nav*  Finds navy, naval, navigation
    defen*e  Finds defense and defence
  • Limit your search with Advanced Search filters
    Examples:  Title only or Citation and Abstract, Date, Source, Subject Area, Location

Learn more about phrase, truncating, and wildcard searching. Includes cheat sheet for a variety of library research databases.

Thesis Processing Office



Templates, forms, citations, SharePoint, Python dashboard, and more.


Graduate Writing Center


Learn and develop your writing and critical thinking skills for success. Workshops, writing coaches, drop-in sessions, learning tools, and other resources.


Sign up for a workshop

The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) and the library offer a variety of research and writing workshops. They are usually offered during the first month of the quarter. Sign up today!


Some workshop examples -- these are just five of the many workshops offered.

  • Library Quick Start
  • Critical Thinking in Review
  • Mastering the Literature Review
  • Paraphrasing and Quoting Like a Pro
  • Citation Management with Zotero