New library system is live

Primo logoIt’s here! Our new library system is now up and running. The biggest change for you, as a library user, will likely be the new online search interface called Primo, which you will use to locate library materials within Hamersly Library and at our Summit partner libraries.

Find Primo at the top of the library homepage and try it out. If you find any bugs or have questions, please let us know, and know that we will be working in the weeks to come to smooth out the bumps that inevitably come with a large-scale project like this one.

Speaking of which…here are a few things to keep in mind as you begin to use the new catalog in these early days: 

More about new library system

  • For quick answers to the most commonly asked questions about the new system (such as, why did the library make this change?, what is this thing called Primo?, what about my favorite database, has it changed?) take a look at our FAQ. We are continuing to add to this as we encounter new questions and issues.
  • WorldCat, Primo, and Research databases are elements of a complete searchSearching in Primo can get you different types of results depending on the options you choose. However, even though there is a lot of material searchable in Primo, it does not include everything. Here are a couple examples:
  • Once you do an initial search in Primo and are on the results page, look to the upper-right corner for the sign-in link. We strongly encourage you to sign in as it helps you get better results and is the only way you can order books through Summit. A couple more things about the sign-in that you should know for now:
    • Once you click on the link to sign in, you will be taken to page where you can sign in with your WOU Pawprint ID and password.
    • The first time you sign in, you will be prompted to “Personalize Your Results.” In addition to selecting one or more subject areas of interest, you can indicate your “Degree,” which is simply a way of asking what part of the WOU community you belong to (student, staff member, etc.) If you are a member of faculty, the best option on the menu at this point is “Researcher.” Selecting these options will provide better search result relevance rankings for you. You can also skip this personalization, however, and/or change your settings later.

We appreciate your patience during this transition and are committed to maintaining library services at the level that you expect and require. As always, please feel free to let us know if you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns about the new system. 

Campus Printing FAQ

print creditsHow 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.

How do I know how many print credits I have? You can check your print credit balance here, or just log in to the WOU Portal and your balance will be displayed on your Portal homepage.

How do I buy more print credits? You can purchase additional credits through WolfWeb under the Student Menu. 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.

The ‘Find it @ WOU’ button is your friend

find it @ wouDoing research for that final paper? Then you’ve probably come across the ‘Find it @ WOU’ button. Often, students are confused about what it does, but it’s a powerful tool that can get you to the articles you need no matter where they’re located. So, it’s worth checking out!

More about 'Find it @ WOU'...

When you click the ‘Find it @ WOU’ button for an article in any WOU database, you will see one of four different scenarios for getting the full text of the article:

  1. A link to another WOU database that has the full-text article
  2. A message that WOU owns the article, but in print. You can either go to the physical shelf in the library where the journal is located and copy or scan your article, or you can choose the ‘Scan and Deliver’ option and we will scan it for you and email it to you as a PDF.
  3. A page or link that says WOU has access to the article via OnDemand. You will either be able to order the article yourself by following the on-screen prompts, or the library may need to order it for you, depending on which option shows up.
  4. A note that WOU does not own the article, but that we can get it from another library if you fill out the WOU Interlibrary Loan form linked from the page.

Find out more about each of these scenarios and see screenshots of what they look like here: http://research.wou.edu/finditatwou

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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Get the full text – just click ‘Find it @ WOU’

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Sometimes full articles are available directly from the library databases, and you will see this icon:
PDF Full Text
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. It looks like this:
Find it @ WOU
Just click it and you will be taken to a page with information about how to access the full text of your article.
Need more help? Check out our Find it @ WOU tutorial to discover the different ways we might 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.

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.

 

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.