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Northwestern Elements is web-based warehouse of information about scholarly products.


Notice to all users of Northwestern Elements

In July 2023, Northwestern Elements will undergo a significant upgrade to improve the overall look and feel of Elements. We plan for the upgrade to take place beginning on Monday, July 24 at 7 am through Wednesday, July 26 at 11 am.  


Service interruption:

There will be an interruption for all users of Northwestern Elements during that time. Elements will be read-only or completely down during this time. Please do not manually enter any publications, or claim or reject publications for users. Any changes you make during this time WILL NOT be transferred to the new version of Elements. 

The URL to Elements will not change. User roles in Elements will shift slightly, but we do not expect there to be any issues for our users.


Please see these resources: 


Some changes you will notice: 

The Elements homepage has been redesigned to create an action-oriented dashboard-style experience. The familiar ‘My Actions’ section has been re-vamped adding new visuals and additional guidance information to ensure researchers are empowered to complete key tasks.

The Elements menu has been rearchitected to focus on key use cases, providing users with a clear overview of the functionality available to them, while the new design creates more space within the menu and improves readability. There is a new ‘menu search’ to allow you to quickly find the page you need.

Getting started with Northwestern Elements

What is Elements?

Northwestern Elements is a warehouse of scholarly products. This web-based system allows for a continuous, dynamic feed of publication information from multiple sources. Elements is provided by Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center. There is no public interface for the data added to Northwestern Elements. Profiles can be viewed by any other user in the Northwestern Elements system.


How do I access Elements?

Access Elements directly:

Log in with your NetID and password using Multi-factor Authentication.

Need help with your NetID?

  • The library does not issue or maintain NetIDs and associated passwords.
  • Check to see if you have a NetID by searching in the NU Online Directory.
  • If you already have a NetID, but don't know your NetID password (because it's forgotten or expired), you can try to reset your NetID password online.
  • If the online option does not work for you, you can visit the NUIT Support Kiosk located in the WildCARD office in Abbott Hall. Here you can receive an activation code that you can use to log in to NU Validate and update a forgotten or expired NetID password.
  • If you cannot reset your NetID password online or are unable to visit the NUIT Support Kiosk, contact NUIT at 847-491-HELP.


Who is my Super User in Northwestern Elements?

Super users edit publication information in Northwestern Elements on behalf of faculty. You can find your super user by contacting your department administrators. See here:


Are you a new Super User of Northwestern Elements?

New super users of Northwestern Elements should sign up for an in-person Northwestern Elements class, where they will receive the necessary permissions to be a super user. If super users prefer taking the pre-recorded class, they need to email or contact their Liaison Librarian ahead of time to request the necessary permissions to be a super user for Northwestern Elements.


I need help and training!

Don't worry, Elements help documentation is available in this guide.  

Galter Health Sciences Library & Learning Center holds semi-regular training in curating and refining publication data in Elements. Training will include the following:

  • Online Class: A one-hour workshop for administrative "super users" to learn how to use the Elements interface and manage publication data. Sign up here:
  • Recorded Class: A one-hour recorded class for administrative super users to refresh their skills after attending an in-person class or for new super users to learn how to use the Elements interface. Download and view here (.mp4 file): 2022_04-12 Northwestern Elements Class Recording
  • Consultation: One on one consultation for super users to work with a librarian to learn the interface and custom curation of publication data.

For more assistance with using Elements, explore this guide or contact