Tips for safe downloading

In the ever-growing era of the Internet, one thing that grabs a user’s attention is downloading. Unfortunately, whenever someone downloads a file, whether the file is a spreadsheet, a cool screen saver, or music from someone else’s computer, they put their computer at risk. The easiest way to keep from getting infected is prevention. Keeping [more…]

Hidden Treasures of the Owens Library

Believe it or not, the B.D. Owens Library is not just home to computers and endless rows of books. In fact, a great many interesting things can be found in the library. Unfortunately, while these items of interest are not hidden, they are somewhat out of the way. At least, that is, enough out of the [more…]

Incite into the CITE Office

Tucked away, on the second floor of B.D. Owens Library an entrance.  Through the entrance is the Center for Information Technology in Education office, or CITE Office.  The CITE office is primarily used as a source of help for professors to fully utilize the campus’ information technology.  The CITE office offers training for the eCollege Course Management System. [more…]

Jean Jennings Bartik and Northwest’s Computing Museum

Almost every student has heard about Northwest becoming the first “electronic” campus in the nation in 1987. We all receive a nice laptop every year to use which helps us with school work and cutting down on paper usage (the use of eCompanion for turning in papers and assignments). Most people don’t know that Northwest [more…]

Computing Museum

Imagine a chance to step back in time. Imagine a chance to look at the first computer made. Imagine the chance to view the history of the computer. Thankfully, we don’t have to imagine. A little known secret is that our very own B.D. Owens Library is the host to a computer history museum and not [more…]

Do you Flip?

Flip video cameras (Flip Cams) have become all the rage lately in the world of technology especially among college students. If you happen to live under your textbooks and have no idea what a Flip Cam is, allow me to fill you in. A Flip Cam is an extremely simple point-and-shoot digital video recorder that [more…]

Services at the B.D. Owens Library

Unfortunately, many students are unaware of the vast majority of services provided by the B.D. Owens Library.  So many services are provided that students can use to save time, money, and a lot of frustration. To begin, there is a vast movie collection at the back of the first floor that goes largely unnoticed. People [more…]

Tricks & tips – January

Keyboard shortcuts F11, make your browser window a full-screen view Fn + num lk, toggle the keyboard number pad on/off Ctrl + Shift + Esc, opens the computer’s task manager in one quick step Ctrl + Z, undo last action

B.D. Owens Library: online features

With no doubt, Owens Library is the number one go-to spot when it is time to bunker down and write all of those dreaded research papers. Students can find books, magazines, periodicals, and tons of other necessary resources for writing papers; however, one resource that tends to be overlooked by students is the Owens Library [more…]


Have you ever been on a website and wondered what it contained? For example, where each link took you too? Well, if you use the myNorthwest portal from the Northwest website, you may not know all of what you can do! When you log into myNorthwest, it goes to the site’s homepage. A University calendar [more…]