How to order a print book when Hamersly has the ebook

You may have noticed a lot of ebooks popping up in the library’s catalog–we have over 80,000 now! While they are often convenient and just what you need, other times you really want the printed material.

Search for the book in the Summit catalog. Once you’ve verified the title and author, check the Edition/Format field.  If it says eBook, click on ‘View all editions and formats.’ Select an alternate edition or format

Now find the Book editions (meaning it’s a physical item, not digital).  Choose the one from the Summit collection if possible. 

Continue by using the  Request Summit Item or the Request from interlibrary loan buttons, and signing in.  Before completing the request, make sure to indicate that you want only this edition.  This confirms to library staff that you have seen the ebook we have and you want the physical copy.


What do people think? Find poll results on your topic

Polling the Nations is an online database of public opinion polls containing the full text of 600,000+ questions and responses, from 18,000+ surveys and 1,700+ polling organizations, conducted from 1986 through the present in the United States and more than 100 other countries around the world. Questions cover politics and elections; big issues such as health care, education, and the environment; personal beliefs and household activities such as commuting, prayer and religion, and sleep habits; and opinions of prominent people. All the polls in the database used scientifically selected random samples.

Requesting Summit items scheduled unavailability

The system that allows requesting of Summit materials is undergoing an upgrade during the overnight hours of April 30-May 1. It’s scheduled to be down from 11 p.m. to 11 a.m. at the latest. You will still be able to search and view the Summit catalog (as well as our own local library catalog), and you can request materials via Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Once the system is back up, library staff will reroute to the Summit system any ILL requests that can be filled more quickly and cheaply through our regional partner libraries.

This downtime will not affect delivery of any requests that are already in the system.

Biography Reference Center

Biography Reference CenterBiography Reference Center serves up detailed and concise biographies, in full-text, from respected reference sources and magazine articles. In addition to searching by name for a known individual, you can discover notable people by searching fields or browsing categories. Search fields include profession or activity, nationality or U.S. ethnicity, gender, lifespan, and places of birth and death.  Over 30 genre categories cluster together people who have commonalities even when their professions diverge: for example, Activists & Reformers, Business Leaders, Obama Administration, or World War II.

Need statistics to support your thesis?

logo for ProQuest Statistical InsightProQuest Statistical Insight provides data from agencies of the federal government, major international intergovernmental organizations, professional and trade organizations, commercial publishers, independent research organizations, state government agencies, and universities. It’s a single search across many authoritative sources.

Food & Drink Guideline: Leave No Trace

bagel.jpgLeave No Trace are principles of outdoor ethics that help people enjoy public lands in a way that minimizes environmental impact.  We encourage applying these principles to the library setting, especially in regards to having food and drink.  The primary goal is to ensure both the comfort of library users and a long life for library collections, furnishings, and equipment.

  • Plan accordingly: If you do carry in food or drinks, avoid messy foods that may damage library material and facilities or be disruptive to others, and have drinks in containers unlikely to spill.
  • Dispose of recyclables and waste properly.
  • Leave what you find: Leave library resources, furnishings, and equipment as you found them–or in better condition than you found them.
  • Be considerate of other visitors: Respect nearby library users, the next library user who will use your space, and the next generation of library users.
  • Report accidents to library staff as soon as possible.

Specific Prohibitions:

  • Use of tobacco in any form is prohibited throughout the Hamersly Library. Smoking areas are designated to the south of both outside entrances.
  • Alcohol is strictly prohibited. The library complies with WOU’s alcohol policy.
  • The library reserves the right to ask patrons to eat specific foods elsewhere.

Submit your photos for Week@WOU

Week @ WOUThe entire WOU community is invited to submit campus images taken during the week of January 21 – 27, 2013 for a spring-term exhibit at the Hamersly Library. Image categories are

  • Places (buildings, campus spaces)
  • Activities (performance, lecture, service, routine tasks)
  • People (students, staff, faculty, administrators)

Make your plans now for scenes you want to shoot! See invitational flyer for full submission guidelines and exhibit information.

All I see is the article’s summary–where’s the whole article?

Sometimes full articles are available directly from the library databases.  But in many instances, there is no link to the full text of the article, and you only have the summary (or even just the citation information).  This is when you use the  Find it @ WOU button.

Find it @ WOUSee our Find it @ WOU tutorial to discover how we’ll link you to the full text in our electronic sources, to our print sources & Scan & Deliver service, to Articles OnDemand, and to Interlibrary Loan, as appropriate.


eReader Petting Zoo this Monday

Monday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.eReader next to stack of paper books
Hamersly Library lobby

The eReader Petting Zoo allows you time in a non-commercial setting to poke around several brands and formats of eBook devices and to discuss their pros and cons.  (Reminder: holiday shopping is imminent.)

We’ll have a variety of devices for you to play with

  • Kindle, 6″ E Ink Display
  • NOOK Simple Touch with GlowLight
  • Kobo
  • The new Kindle Fire HD 7″
  • Google Nexus 7
  • iPad 2

Also, we will schedule our ebooks and ereader workshop in January, during which we’ll detail how to download library ebooks onto your smartphone, tablet, or eReader (possibly a brand new one from the holidays?).  These will be reprised from the workshop first held during Faculty Week 2012, but we’ll have focused sessions for iPad/iPhone owners, for Kindle owners, and general sessions for owners of other devices. You can also consult our Ebooks @ WOU guide and consult with us if you have problems.