The Western Library has the federal tax forms & instruction books you need - in paper!
For paper copies of tax forms and instructions, ask at the Reference Desk in Haggard Hall.
It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, the period between the end of January and the middle of April, when many of us should really be thinking about filing our taxes. We certainly aren’t tax experts, but here are a few online resources you might find useful.
IRS.gov – Find the federal form(s) you need through the Internal Revenue Service web site. Many forms can be printed from the web directly.
Do I Need to File a Federal Tax Return? - An excellent question, and one that really should be answered before you start filling out that 1040! This section of the IRS site should provide the answer.
Taxable Income for Students – If you’re wondering whether the scholarship you received this year counts as taxable income, this article from the IRS may be some assistance. You can also find information about other common tax questions students have here.
Students.gov – There is also a great deal of helpful information on this site to guide you in the right direction.
The Writing Center can help!
Learning Commons, Wilson, Across from Zoe's Bookside Bagels
Days: Monday - Thursday: 10-4; Friday 10-2
Evenings: Sunday: 6-9; Monday - Thursday: 6-8
Students who wish to inquire about our face to face or online services should contact us by phone or email at Writing.Center@wwu.edu. Unfortunately we don't have an online scheduler, so if you wish to make an appointment, please drop by or call us at 360-650-3219.
You can set up a Writing Conference
"In writing conferences, writers and writing assistants work together to identify patterns of strength and possible areas for revision and editing in drafts. As each conference is a collaborative dialogue, we do not explicitly instruct writers how to revise; rather, writing assistants act as a responsive audience, enabling writers to see the possibilities for revising their work."
Find online help for:
Strategies for Starting:
Analyzing Assignments - Figuring out what your professor wants
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Twenty Questions - Use these questions to get started writing
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Thesis Statements - Write strong and effective thesis statements
NEW! Correctness Matters - Proofreading strategy video
Editing Strategies - Proofread your own work
Top Ten Conventions - See which errors are most serious
Grammar, Punctuation & more!
Digital content from the papers of M. L. (Marc La Riviere) Stangroom is now available online as part of Western Libraries’ Digital Collections. Born in England in 1832, Stangroom travelled to America as a young man, where he engaged in railroad surveying work and mining speculation in California and the Sierra Nevadas. In 1888, at the request of railroad magnate Pierre Cornwall, Stangroom moved to Bellingham, Washington to assist in building the Bellingham Bay and British Columbia railway.
The new online collection includes digital copies and transcripts of correspondence from Stangroom to family members about his travels and experiences from 1855 through 1873. These handwritten letters provide extensive and fascinating detail of his early life and career, and vivid descriptions of western landscapes including California redwood forests and the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Stangroom documents gold prospecting efforts, life in the mining town of Michigan Bluff (Placer County, California), and interactions between white settlers and the Native American population. A June 1858 letter describes how Californians are driven “stark raving mad” by the lure of gold in British Columbia, with hundreds of men leaving daily for the Fraser River. Stangroom’s letters also reveal aspects of his personal and family life, including his courtship and marriage.
Illustrated portion of a December 2, 1855 letter by M.L. Stangroom.
The online collection includes full-text, searchable transcripts of all letters, a 16 page reminiscence by Stangroom about his life (also transcribed), and a fifteen-page report about the construction of the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia Railroad. Completed in 1891, the BB&BC Railroad provided a rail connection from Bellingham to Sumas and the transcontinental Canadian Pacific Railway.
The original and larger collection of Stangroom papers is archived and available at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest (CPNWS). A complete guide to the collection is available online.
Additional CPNWS holdings on the Bellingham Bay & British Columbia Railroad include corporate records of the Bellingham Bay Improvement Company. Related images are available in the Bruce Cheever Railroad Photograph Collection and through the online CPNWS Photo Database.
This 1958 film shows the use and impact of fish traps and set nets as part of commercial fishing operations in Clam Gulch, Alaska. The footage was captured originally on 16mm film by Rubin R. Tikka, and later donated to WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.
The history of fish, fishing and the use of commercial fish traps in the Pacific Northwest is surrounded by conflict and controversy. Use of fish traps or other "fixed appliances for catching salmon and other fish" was banned in Washington State in 1935 following voter passage of Initiative 77 the previous year. Fish traps were not outlawed in Alaska until Alaskan statehood (1959) - very shortly after this footage was captured.
Western Libraries' Heritage Resources programs offer a wide range of archival and other resources about fish and fishing. These include materials documenting commercial fisheries, Native American fishing and treaty rights, and fly fishing. See this Research Guide or Contact CPNWS or Special Collections for additional information.
Research Connection Pilot Program
Does library research seem mysterious?
Are you new to doing academic library research?
Want help developing a research paper and finding sources of information?
Make the connection with a Research Assistant!
The Research Connection pilot initiative is all about connecting you to resources in the new Learning Commons in order to make you an effective researcher and writer.
The program is designed to connect students who may not have much academic research experience with peers who do. The Research Assistants are upper-division undergraduate students in the Libraries’ Research and Active Learning course who are available to help their peers identify, use, and evaluate information sources.
Research Assistants demystify the research process by:
- Helping you connect to relevant resources such as Reference librarians
and the Writing Center.
- Assisting you in learning how to use research tools such as the library catalog
and article databases.
- Acting as a sounding board for developing research ideas.
- Providing guidance on how to use citations.
Western Libraries celebrate the digitization of the first 50 years of the Western Front.
The first 50 years of the WWU Student Newspaper is now online. Phase One of the project is complete. Phase Two begins, as we start to process the next fifty years of the Western Front.
Check out the collection on the Digital Collections page, located under libraries & collections on the library home page.
The WWU Libraries are now members of the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), a distributed retrospective print journal repository program serving research libraries, college and university libraries, and library consortia in the Western Region of the United States.
WEST is a collaborative and sustainable journal archiving program that will transform the manner in which legacy print journal collections are housed and managed.
WEST will provide secure access to backfiles, increased access to titles never previously held, and value-added services (digital access), providing a robust framework that supports a long-term, distributed print repository. The program will preserve the scholarly record through a coordinated system of persistent archives and will make visible those archives and retention commitments at the national/international level.
Current partners include libraries from the University of California system, Stanford, Arizona State, University of Washington, the University of Oregon, members of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the Greater Western Library Alliance (GWLA), and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC). Additional academic libraries plan to join the project as it moves into implementation.
Additional information at: http://www.orbiscascade.org/index/west
Interested in folk music and the local folk scene? The Whatcom County Homemade Music Society has supported musicians and music in Bellingham for over thirty years. Between 2005 and 2007, then Fairhaven College student Coty Hogue interviewed founders and members of the Society, who shared many music-related memories dating from the 1960s to the present day.
Interview transcripts can now be accessed and enjoyed online as part of Western Librares Digital Collections - a complete guide to transcripts and audio recordings archived at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies is also available here.
Curious to learn more about other oral history collections available at Western Libraries? Check out this Library Guide for more information.
Since its beginnings in 1899 as a “Normal School,” there has been a student newspaper at Western Washington University. From Normal Messenger to Northwest Viking to WWCollegian to Western Front (and other names in between), the student newspaper has chronicled the social, athletic, academic and creative life of the institution throughout its trajectory from teacher-training college to a prominent university with more than 15,000 students.
Thanks to the generosity of donations from Cindy Hacherl (Class of 1984) and Don Hacherl and Bert Halprin (class of 1971) more than a century of back editions of the student newspaper are being digitized by Western Libraries Special Collections.
Cindy Hatcherl and Bert Halprin are former Western Front student journalists. “It’s often said that journalism is the first draft of history, and thanks to this wonderful gift from Cindy, Don and Bert, the first draft of Western’s history — as published in the Front — will now be available to a much broader audience,” said John Harris, interim chair of the Department of Journalism.
The process of scanning and digitizing the back issues is ongoing but what has been scanned thus far can be accessed at http://content.wwu.edu/cdm-wfront/browse.php The culture of the times, the evolution of the campus and the sweep of campus leaders and activities all emerge from back editions. Readers can learn about campus and local life in 1899, read about how people coped with the Great Depression or local concerns as World War II loomed.
Digitizing the Western student newspaper was initiated by Marian Alexander; Tamara Belts, Sandy Celec, Leslie Lowery, and Peter Smith are library personnel currently working on the project. More than 55,000 pages will be digitized when the project is completed. Readers will be able to browse or search the newspapers from anywhere at any time.
“We hope this will be a great resource for students, the community and those doing research on local history,” said Tamara Belts, Special Collections manager.
The project was facilitated through the efforts of the Western Washington University Foundation. For more information on this or other Digital Collections available online via Western Libraries, please see: http://library.wwu.edu/digitalcollections
(repost from the Office of University Communications)
As one of the three Heritage Resources programs at Western Libraries, the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies provides a wealth of local & regional resources for primary source research.
CPNWS holdings include a wide variety of resources about the regional commercial fishing industry. Pictured here is a digitized letter from the Archie W. Shiels Papers, in which Filipino workers protest conditions at the Pacific American Fisheries cannery in Nushagak, Alaska (letter dated June 15, 1933). Archie W. Shiels was then President of the Pacific American Fisheries, a major salmon fishing and packing operation headquartered in Fairhaven, Washington.
Additional CPNWS holdings related to fish and fishing include the Pacific American Fisheries Records, Alaska Packers Association Records, Northwest Ethnohistory Collection, Women in the Commercial Fishing Industry Research Collection and the holdings of Galen Biery, a long-term PAF employee and one of Bellingham’s best-known historians.
Western Libraries houses additional primary sources about the regional fishing industry & canneries, including Filipino American newspapers on microfilm such as the Alaska Fish Cannery Workers Union of the Pacific. The Washington State Oral/Aural History program (available on microfilm at CPNWS and at the main library) meanwhile contains transcripts from interviews conducted in the 1970s, documenting lives and experiences of African Americans and Filipinos in Washington State.
If you're seeking primary sources about campus, local or regional history, consult Western Libraries and the Heritage Resources staff and archival collections: these are the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, Western Libraries' Special Collections, and/or the WWU Archives and Records Center. Links to additional and useful primary source repositories are also included in the Library Guide "Resources for Researching Local and Regional History".