You may know about Summit, the “lending club” of academic libraries in our region, but in this term’s library newsletter we pull back the curtain a bit to talk about the bigger picture of resource sharing among libraries. The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) cooperative involves over 10,000 academic, public, and special libraries across the United States and the world!
Last spring, almost 1,000 of you responded to the library’s survey evaluating the use and quality of the our collections, services, and facilities. That’s 584 WOU students, 143 faculty, 128 members of staff, and 100 graduate students. Thank you so much for your participation!
Pages 1-3 summarize the survey itself, basic demographics, overall results, improvements made since the survey, and what’s next. Pages 4-7 are single-page reports of results from specific groups: undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, and staff.
Faculty, remember that the library is here to help you, too. Take a look at this handy guide to see how. It outlines the specific services we offer for faculty, as well as the ways we can help teach your students information literacy and research skills. Have a great term!
Classical Music Library contains tens of thousands of licensed recordings from major music labels ranging from the earliest Gregorian chants to works by modern composers. Recordings include symphonic music, vocal and instrumental music, choral works, and other forms. You can even create and save individual playlists!
Students: submit your work to WOU’s peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal, PURE Insights.
The submission deadline is December 31, 2015.
Students and recent graduates are eligible to submit original research and creative work including technical papers, research articles, expository articles, poems, short stories, photographs, videos, and other creative works from all academic disciplines. All submissions to the journal must have a faculty sponsor. Learn more
Did you know that we can answer your questions via text? Whether you need help reserving a study room, want to know the library’s hours, or want some guidance on a research assignment, you can do it all on your phone. Text us at 503-383-WOU1 (9681).
If you tried to use the text service recently and had trouble, we were having some technical difficulties. But fear not, they have all been resolved and we’re ready to answer your texts again.
Your WOU librarians are here to help you learn how to do college-level research so that you can complete your class assignments. There is no question too simple or too complicated to come to us with. Here are some examples of the types of questions we commonly help students with:
–How do I find articles that are “peer-reviewed” for my research paper – and what does “peer-review” even mean?
–I only have the title for an article I’m supposed to find – can you help me?
–How do I cite this article/conference presentation/blog post using proper APA style?
–How do I find primary sources regarding German agriculture before and after the Industrial Revolution? We love helping with wild questions like this. (Seriously, we do.)
The newest issue of PURE Insights is now available!
PURE Insights is WOU’s peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal comprised of works by WOU undergraduate students working closely with a WOU faculty mentor.
This year’s issue includes a wide variety of articles from the fields of Psychology, Biology, Art, Mathematics, Anthropology, and Communication Studies.
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.