Learn about other countries with ‘A to Z the World’

Thinking about studying abroad? Taking a class with an international focus? Just want to learn about another country? A to Z the World is the database for you.

A to Z the World
Covering 175 countries and territories, A to Z the World is a great resource to learn about social and cultural customs, important travel and business information, and much more. It has a snapshot for each country – from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe – if you just want some quick info, or you can go into more depth on a variety of topics related to each country.

APA? MLA? SOS! Your WOU librarians are here to help.

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Need help formatting your paper, citing your sources, or creating your Works Cited page/Reference page/Bibliography? We’ve created new style aids to guide you through using the most common citation styles, including MLA, APA, Chicago, AMA, and CSE. Check them out here.

If you need more help, please let us know! You can find us at the Reference desk in Hamersly or online via our Ask a Librarian live chat option:

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Brand new walk-up scanner: No login, no charge!

The library has a brand new walk-up scanner! It is located in the Copy Center on the first floor. It allows for immediate scanning (no log-in necessary) to PDF (including word-searchable PDF), JPG, PNG, rich text, and …audio file! Yes, it will take text and convert it to a computer-read mp3 file.

 

You can then output the scanned documents to:

  • an email address
  • Google Drive (Google Docs)
  • a USB drive
  • a QR Code to scan with your smartphone or tablet

All functions are accessed through a user-friendly touchscreen. The scanner also has these user-friendly features:BookEye Scanner

  • Face-up scanning
  • Oversized scanning, up to 17” x  24”
  • Adjustable platform, lays flat or cradles a book
  • SmartDock, for direct, wireless transfer to smartphone or tablet

Give it a try the next time you’re in the library! As always, let us know if you have any questions about using the new scanner and we would be happy to help you.

Use a scanner and your print credits as a “color copier.”

Use a scanner for getting color copiesWhile there is not a color photocopier in the library, you can get a color copy by using one of the several scanners we have.  Use the KIC or Epson flatbed scanners to capture the image, and make any adjustments to the image you want, including size, before saving it.  Then sent it to one of the color print queues (such as HLColorWest).  Voilá!

If you really do need a color photocopier, there is one in the WOU Print Shop, ITC 112.

Related post: Campus Printing 101.

Campus Printing 101

printerStudents have 225 pre-paid print credits attached to their network accounts each term that they are enrolled at WOU.

A single page (one side) of a black & white printout costs 1 credit.  A single color printout costs 5 credits.

You can check your print credit balance.  If you need to purchase additional credits, do so through WolfWeb under the Student Menu.  Credits are immediately available for use.

Whatever credits you don’t use roll over to the next term–so if you have 83 remaining after Fall term, you’ll have 308 when Winter term begins.  However, accounts are wiped clean before Fall terms, and everyone starts again with 225.

Related posts:   Save paper by printing double-sided ; Print multiple PowerPoint slides to a single page

 

Print multiple PowerPoint slides to a single page

Printing professors’ slides for study purposes can quickly diminish print credit balance, make biMultiple PowerPoint slides printed on a single pagenders unwieldy and backpacks heavy, and waste the gifts from our arboreal friends. But if you are not ready to study from the slides in their digital form, you can print several on a single page and reduce your paper consumption considerably.

The key to do this is that you must haMultiple slides on a single pageve the file in PowerPoint (extensions are .ppt and .pptx).  The Print window in this program allows you to change from printing Slides to Handouts (see red arrow), and then to indicate how many Slides per page (see green box).

If the professor has saved the slide set to another format, try getting the same results by printing multiple Pages per Sheet.  This is a printer setting, however.  We talk about it in the Save paper by printing double-sided post. You can also request the professor makes the slides available in the original file format.

 

 

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.

Everyone:

  1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, in the “Computer:” field, type:
    ts.wou.edu
  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
    password
    and change the domain to MASH. Then click
    OK.
  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.