International Students' Guide to the Dudley Knox Library

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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

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

Request article or book
(Interlibrary Loan)

DL students: we'll also send library-owned materials to you.

Article PDFs can arrive as quickly as 2-3 days. Print books can take 1-2 weeks.

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.

Graduate Writing Center

NPS 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.

Thesis Processing Office

Thesis Processing OfficeTemplates, forms, thesis brief schedule, formatting Instructions, and more.

Remote Access. How do I login?

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


  • Login when prompted*

  • Go to My Accounts to login to the different services*

You're already registered and have access to your Library Account, but you'll need to register for these separately:

  • Request Articles & Books
  • Restricted Collection
  • NPS Alumni


*Use your NPS credentials to login.

Learn more about remote access

Questions about accounts or access? Ask a Librarian