Check out the Spring 2015 issues of PURE Insights

PURE cover 2015The newest issue of PURE Insights is now available! 
PURE Insights
is WOU’s peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal comprised of works by WOU undergraduate students working closely with a WOU faculty mentor.

This year’s issue includes a wide variety of articles from the fields of Psychology, Biology, Art, Mathematics, Anthropology, and Communication Studies.

Enjoy!

Don’t pack your library books!

book dropAs the year comes to a close and you start packing up for summer, don’t forget to return any items you have borrowed from the library.

The last thing you want is to realize in July that you packed that book/DVD/CD you borrowed from Hamersly in May!

So, make a pile called “Library” while you’re packing up and bring ’em all back before you head out for summer break. Your friendly library staff (and your bank account) will thank you.

 

EasyBib will make your life easier

easy bibWorking on a research paper or project? Save time and make your life easier by using EasyBib! As a WOU student, you can create a *free* premium account.

What is EasyBib? It’s an online tool that helps you organize your research sources and create citations in APA, MLA, or Chicago/Turabian formats. Using EasyBib, you can create a new project for each of your research assignments and store your bibliography for as long as you’re working on the assignment — or longer, it’s up to you. You can add notes to individual sources reminding yourself how you’d like to use them in your paper. And you can reuse sources for different projects in the future, even automatically changing to another citation style if necessary.

Access EasyBib here or from the library homepage under Accounts –> EasyBib to sign up for your free, premium account and get started. For more info, check out this video tutorial.

You Have the World at Your Fingertips…

Have you ever needed an article, book, or document that WOU doesn’t have? Did you know that there is a way to receive all of those things? It is called Interlibrary Loan.

When final papers come around and you find that you need credible and specific sources that Hamersly doesn’t have, this program could be your saving grace. Hamersly Library is connected to thousands of other libraries worldwide through Interlibrary Loan. Documents can be scanned and emailed, and books can be mailed directly to WOU so that you may have access to them.

If you are searching for a specific article or other electronic document that is not available here at WOU, a screen will pop up that looks like this:

ILL

There is an option to click “WOU Interlibrary Loan” just below the availability notice. It is a quick and easy process to get the ball rolling (just a simple form filled out electronically) and we’ll take it from there. Libraries all over the world work together on the ILL process so that all students can get access to the educational resources that they need and deserve. Once the process has begun, it usually takes 3-4 days to receive an article, and longer to get a book. So, listen to your professors and start your research early!

The best part about this service? It’s free! Hamersly does not charge for the ILL service to WOU students, staff, and faculty. For more information and answers to frequently asked questions, visit http://www.wou.edu/provost/library/ill/.

Keep this amazing resource in mind as midterms and finals come around. Endless information is at your fingertips, WOU!