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Working 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.
Need help with using technology, writing, math, or English as a foreign language? There are now drop-in hours for all of these services right in the library! Tutoring hours start at the beginning of week 2 and go through finals week each term.
–>The Writing Center holds night hours in Room 116 from 7:00-10:00pm, Sunday-Thursday.
–>The English Tutoring Center is open 7:00-10:00 pm, Monday-Thursday in Room 228.
–>The Math Center offers tutoring Monday-Thursday, 10:00am-6:00pm and Friday 10:00am-3:00pm in Room 228. Math tutoring is offered for a limited number of classes.
–>The Technology Resource Center, located in Room 124, offers open tutoring hours this term Monday & Wednesday from 4-8pm, Tuesday & Thursday from 1-5pm.
Daily hours for all tutoring services are also always posted on the left side of the library’s homepage,
right under our own library hours.
Check out our Textbooks Guide for options to buy, rent, and borrow textbooks for your classes this term.
You’ll also find info about where to sell your textbooks back once you’re done with them.
How much does printing cost? A single page (one side) of a black & white printout costs 1 print credit. A single color page (one side) printout costs 5 print credits. Students receive 225 print credits per term.
How do I know how many print credits I have? Log in to the WOU Portal and your balance will be displayed on your homepage. You can also check your print credit balance here.
How do I buy more print credits? Purchase additional credits through WolfWeb under the Student Menu. They start at 50 credits for $2.50 and go up from there. When you buy additional credits, they are immediately available for use.
What if I don’t use all of my print credits? Whatever credits you don’t use roll over to the next term – so if you have 83 remaining after Winter term, you will start Spring term with 308 credits. However, accounts are
wiped clean before each Fall term begins, and everyone starts again with 225 print credits.
Looking for some study music? The library has hundreds of CDs available for checkout from all sorts of different genres.
From Bon Iver to Kanye West, Bela Fleck to Etta James, Taylor Swift, and The Beatles: whatever your taste we’ve got something for you.
Search Primo (above) for the name of your favorite band or artist to get started.
Just in case you need another reason to be excited that Spring Break is coming up… We just put out some fun “Spring Break Reads” on the 1st floor. Whether your idea of fun is a light beach read, a suspenseful mystery, a sci-fi thriller, or a collection of humorous essays.
No matter what genre, you can be sure they’re perfect for whiling away those lazy break days. Take a study break and check them out!
When you run across an article in your research that is available through “Get It Now” or “OnDemand,” don’t let that stop you from getting the article you need.
These terms mean that Hamersly doesn’t have access to the journal that published the article you are looking for, but we can still get the article for you. In order to get access, you will go through a short process – since the library pays (on average around $30) each time an article is viewed through the Articles OnDemand provider’s website, we want to make sure you actually want the article. We budget for Articles OnDemand use though, so we want you to use it when you need it! We simply ask that you:
- Read the abstract of each article to determine how likely it is to suit your needs before viewing the full text and incurring charges.
- Be sure to save the article somewhere you will be able to get back to it (e.g. your H:/ drive, My Documents folder on your personal computer, a USB drive) so that the library only pays for it once.
There are two systems through which WOU students, faculty, and staff can obtain books from other libraries that we don’t have in Hamersly: Summit and Interlibrary Loan. What does this mean for you? It’s a matter of time: Summit items get to you in 3-5 days, while Interlibrary Loan items take longer, sometimes up to two weeks.
Summit is the shared catalog and borrowing system of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of academic libraries in Oregon, Washington and Idaho. This special partnership makes it faster for us to borrow items from Summit libraries and for this reason, it is used to request most books, videos, and CDs that WOU does not own. Interlibrary Loan, consisting of all libraries except the Summit libraries, is used to request articles from journals and any books, videos, and CDs not available in Summit libraries.
The moral of the story? If WOU doesn’t have what you need, request through Summit when possible. If requesting through Interlibrary Loan is your only option, just be aware that it will likely take longer than you’re used to with Summit. No matter what system, however, the library can almost always get you what you need!
You may remember that last summer, Hamersly Library migrated to a new system, Primo. Our library was part of the third cohort of the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s shared library system project. Now that the final cohort has migrated, we are now ready roll out an enhancement to the Summit requesting process.
Currently the Primo link “Request item (about 5 days)” moves you to another system, summit.worldcat.org, to handle the request. Even when you’ve signed in on Primo, you have to authenticate again on the requesting server.
Starting next Tuesday, Jan. 20, Primo will handle requesting as well as discovery. Fewer authentication prompts for you, and Primo’s My Account area will display the status of your requests alongside your loans, saved queries, and e-Shelf collections.
What do you need to do?
Probably nothing except to enjoy the better process. Hooray! Just a few things to consider:
More about Streamlined Summit Requesting
Do you have links in Moodle, browser bookmarks, citation management software, etc. to records on the summit.worldcat.org server? (or to our old catalog server, library.wou.edu?). They will need to be changed to link to the Primo server. (See Get the URL for a Primo record.)
Likewise, if you have linksto the general search page summit.worldcat.org, change to the new search URL:
While the Summit group within WorldCat is going away, WorldCat in the larger sense remains a valid resource to discover and request items that are beyond the holdings of the Summit libraries, through Interlibrary Loan. Please continue to find the link to WorldCat in the bottom right corner of the Primo Search box on the library’s main page.
You can learn more about the system, see video tutorials and screenshots, and share comments and questions at our Primo Guide.