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 = Interlibrary Loan

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.

One-time registration required. (You'll be prompted to register.)

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.

Sign up for a workshop

The Graduate Writing Center (GWC) and the library offer a variety of research and writing workshops. They are usually front loaded toward the front half 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

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:


  • Simply wait to login in 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