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Tax Time! We have forms U need!

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.

On campus help: (WWU Chapter) Theta Phi Chapter of Beta Alpha Psi /Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)

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.

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Frazzled writing your paper?

The Writing Center can help!

Location
Learning Commons, Wilson, Across from Zoe's Bookside Bagels

Hours
Days: Monday - Thursday: 10-4; Friday 10-2
Evenings: Sunday: 6-9; Monday - Thursday: 6-8

Contact Information

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:
ESSAYS/RESEARCH:
Analyzing Assignments - Figuring out what your professor wants
Getting Started Strategies - Choose and focus your topic
Twenty Questions - Use these questions to get started writing

Strategies for Revising:
Revising for Style - Find and eliminate the "lard" in your prose
Thesis Statements - Write strong and effective thesis statements

Proofreading:
:
NEW! Correctness Matters - Proofreading strategy video
Editing Strategies - Proofread your own work
Top Ten Conventions - See which errors are most serious

Grammar, Punctuation & more!

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Atlas designed to illustrate Burritt's Geography of the Heavens

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Mattison, Hiram
Publication Information: 
Philadelphia : Sheldon, 1856
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Special Collections -- Rare Book Collection -- Extra Oversize
Call Number: 
G1000 .M3 1856
February, 2012

Orion the hunterThe constellation Orion which is in the night sky in February, a detail from an engraving that is a map of the heavens.  The entire map is 17" high and 14" wide, one of 10 pages that have become brown and fragile with age (158 years old). 

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Library 3 Things - Winter Newsletter

The new Library 3 Things Winter 2012 Newsletter is now online. Features include:

Something New: QR Codes Help You Browse the Daylight Lounge

This Issue's Great Tip:  Keeping Up 101: An easy way to track our new arrivals

Did You Know?  Be Inspired @ CLIC Conference February 25th

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Forum on LSD [sound recording]

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Presenters: Leary, Timothy; Cohen, Sidney; Brewster, Laurence W.
Publication Information: 
Bellingham, Wash.: WWSC, 1967
Location: 
Special Collections Campus History Collection -- Audio
Call Number: 
BF209.L9F69 1967
January, 2012

Timothy Leary Forty five years ago, on Feb. 4, 1967, famed LSD advocate Timothy Leary (1920-1996) came to town for a "Forum on LSD," sponsored by the Social Issues Committee of the student body of Western Washington State College.

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Compost that paper towel!

As part of the green energy fee initiative, a pilot project to compost paper towels used in the first and second floors of Haggard Hall begins Winter Qtr. 2012!

Composting will significantly decrease the amount of waste that this campus sends to landfills. The focus is on compost because according to the AS Recycle Center, 72% of Western’s waste is already recycled and the majority of the remaining portion is compostable. 

A  major expense  for  the university is the purchasing and disposal of paper towels. An essential part of this compost program is educating the general public about compost and waste reduction on campus.

By increasing informational signs around composting  and trash bins, students will be better apt to sort their waste & further decrease the amount of waste sent to the landfill. The main goal of this project is to reduce overall use and waste of resources, namely paper towels.

The measurable objectives will be to increase composting options on campus through composting paper towels in bathrooms and increasing educational signage pertaining to composting on campus. Additionally,  a blog online will provide interested students and faculty with statistics, information, videos, and updated results as the project moves along. This blog can be found at www.papertowelcompost.wordpress.com.

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"Viva la California!" - Gold Rush Letters Online

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.

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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.

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A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost-Story of Christmas

Author: 
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870.
Publication Information: 
Boston: James R. Osgood and Company, 1876, c1868.
Location: 
Special Collections Rare Book Collection
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PR4572.C68 1876
December, 2011

"Tis the season of many holidays and celebrations: Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year's and probably more. My own tradition includes an annual reading of A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens.

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Children's & Young Adult Book Sale

Book SaleLast week the Children's & Young Adult Book Sale happened in Special Collections. The book sale raises funds for the Children's Literature Conference, an annual event at Western.

The books are all new, fiction and non-fiction, including science, biographies, chapter books, easy readers, and books for both young people and adults or cross-over books. The sale is always popular, and many people came to buy during the two day sale.

Students in ENG 441, Children's Literature for Elementary and Middle School, were involved in setup and organization of the book sale, and  selected over 170 books to donate to a local Foster Parent/Caregiver Holiday Event.

Sylvia and Kathryn

Sylvia Tag, book sale coordinator and ENG 441 instructor, with Kathryn Boyd, Extended Education, take a moment during the sale to smile for the camera.

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