Pulling back the curtain on ILL

Interlibrary loanYou 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!

Check out this story and more in the spring term issue of the Hamersly Library newsletter.

Results of last year’s library survey

survey word cloudLast 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!

We’ve crunched the numbers and created an executive summary with the results and some info about what we’re going to do with your feedback. It’s available in WOU’s digital repository, Digital Commons@WOU.

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.

The worldwide reach of WOU’s scholarship and research

Digital Commons@WOU (online at digitalcommons.wou.edu), home to WOU’s scholarship and research, is getting noticed by a worldwide audience. The numbers on the readership map (below) illustrate the popularity of student and faculty work, but it’s the stories behind the numbers that make compelling reading. Read more in our library newsletter.

WOU readership map

Check out the Spring 2015 issues of PURE Insights

PURE cover 2015The 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.

Enjoy!

Call for submissions

pure insightsThe Program for Undergraduate Research (PURE) invites you to submit your work to Western Oregon University’s peer-reviewed undergraduate research journal: PURE Insights.

The submission deadline is December 31, 2014.

Students and recent graduates (with a faculty mentor) can 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

Here are three reasons to submit your paper:

  1. It looks great on resumes. A publication in a peer-reviewed journal will make you stand out from other candidates applying for jobs or graduate school.
  2. Going through the process of research – from drafting ideas to publication – will prepare you for more advanced research at the graduate and professional level.
  3. All articles published in PURE Insights will be discoverable in major search engines, such as Google Scholar, making them accessible for anyone and contributing to the global body of knowledge.

The current issue of PURE Insights as well as complete guidelines and a link for submitting your work is available online at: http://digitalcommons.wou.edu/pure

The next online issue will be published May 2015. For questions about PURE Insights or the submission process, please contact Camila Gabaldon (gabaldoc@wou.edu).

The latest issue of PURE Insights is out

PURE Insights coverThe newest issue of PURE Insights is now available and includes a wide variety of pieces ranging from an international journey to help discover one’s identity, to an examination of societal perceptions of feminism, to a mathematical model for predicting award outcomes in baseball.

PURE Insights is WOU’s peer-reviewed Undergraduate Research Journal comprised of works by WOU undergraduate students working closely with a WOU faculty mentor.

Would you like to see your work or the work of one of your students in the next issue? Submissions are due by December 31, 2014 for consideration for the Spring 2015 issue.

Academic Excellence Showcase online schedule is up

Academic Excellence Showcase 2014The annual, campus-wide Academic Excellence Showcase is coming up on Thursday, May 29. Use the online schedule to help you navigate this busy day.

With the online schedule you can:

  • Browse all campus presentations or jump to a specific department
  • Search for a particular presenter by name or keyword
  • Plan your day by downloading individual session information to a Google Calendar
  • Share and promote sessions electronically via email, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media

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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