We’re having a book sale

booksWhen: November 24-26, 2014, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday is reserved shopping for Western Oregon University staff, faculty and students only. Bring your WOU ID!

Where: Hamersly Library, Room 107

Details: On sale are used books, recordings, etc. Some books are superseded volumes or cast-offs from the library, but most are donated by friends and colleagues. Of special interest are the K-12 textbooks and materials that have been superseded in the library’s curriculum collection. Profits from the book sale are used to support the library collections. Cash and check payments are accepted.

More details

Prices drop every day:
– Monday (WOU only) — $1 Hardback books $.50 Paperback books
– Tuesday (open to public) — $1 Hardback books $.50 Paperback books, 1/2 off with WOU ID
– Wednesday (open to public) — Fill a bag for $5 or name your price

Please respect the following guidelines:

  • Books cannot be held for a patron in anticipation of a later purchase.
  • You may not remove books or other items from the sale shelves and put them aside to sort through them later. If you form a pile of books, fill a box with books, cover books with a blanket or in some other way stake claim to books in a way that discourages other shoppers from looking through them, we will consider the books yours and expect you to pay for them.
  • You may not remove books or other items from the sale area until they have been purchased.
  • You may not block the aisles with stacks of books, with boxes, with blankets or with other objects.
  • Payment can be made by cash or personal check. For personal checks, you must show a current photo ID.
  •  Bring a friend (or two) if you plan on stocking up. Because of limited staffing, we cannot help you to load books or other items into your vehicle, nor can we loan carts.

We encourage you to BYOBB (Bring your own bags & boxes).

Event at the library this week: WOU Futures Past

Hamersly Library is sponsoring a unique (and really fun!) event as part of New Student Week. Come by the library Tuesday from 1-4pm, and Friday from 12-3pm to participate in WOU Futures Past: a fun, interactive library game that lets you experience the past and capture the future. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates about the event and pictures of all the activities!


PURE Insights: Explore undergraduate research at WOU

PURE Insights coverPURE Insights is WOU’s peer-reviewed Undergraduate Research Journal and includes works by WOU undergraduate students working closely with a WOU faculty mentor. Since the publication of the inaugural issue at the end of May, content from PURE Insights has been downloaded more than 1660 times by visitors from 43 different countries.

The next issue will be published in May 2013, with a submission deadline of December 31, 2012.


EasyBibEasyBib is an online tool that helps you organize and use your research sources, including the generation of an APA, MLA, or Chicago/Turabian formatted citation list. The library’s link to EasyBib gets you premium access.  Create a new project for each of your research projects, and store your bibliography for the life of the project or beyond.  Add notes

Connect EasyBib to Google Apps @ WOU for further functionality: Sign in via the Google button, and enter your WOU email address

Google accounts sign in screen for mail.wou.edu

Accessing the Terminal Server

You can access your H, P, and K drives as well as specialized programs such as Photoshop, Geometer’s Sketchpad, Dreamweaver, and more from off campus! rdc_programs.jpg

PC Users:
Go to Start > Programs > Accessories > Remote Desktop Connection.
If you are using Windows XP, you may need to go into Communications within Accessories to locate the program. Once the program has started, use the steps for everyone (below) to connect to WOU’s terminal servers.

Mac users:
You may need to download the free Remote Desktop Connection software from Mactopia
(the download link is at the bottom of that page). Once it is installed, locate Remote Desktop Connection in the
Applications Folder and double click on it. Once the program has started, use the steps for everyone (below) to connect to WOU’s terminal servers.


  1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, in the “Computer:” field, type:
  2. Click Connect. You may get a message asking if you trust
    the connection. That is normal, go ahead and click on Connect.
  3. In the Log On to Windows box, type in your paw print user name and
    and change the domain to MASH. Then click
  4. When you are done, end your session by clicking on Start then Shut Down
    in your Remote Desktop Connection window.
  5. In the Shut Down Windows dialog box, select Log Off, and then click OK.

Need to access your USB drive or printer while using Remote Desktop? Use these instructions.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a scholarly search tool from Google, separate from its main search engine.
Its purpose is “to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research.” The full text of many items is available online (either freely or by using the “Find it @ WOU” link), although in some instances abstracts with links to pay-per-view document delivery services are displayed.

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