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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.
Loving Learning is a video documentary about the elementary school created in 1899 as part of the State Normal School at New Whatcom - later Western Washington University.
It was a 'model' school for local children, an exemplary public school and a place for training teachers.
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.
A collection of over 30,000 aerial photographs, formerly at Huxley Map Library, is now housed at the Center for Pacific Northwest Studies. The collection includes images from aerial surveys of significant portions of Washington State and beyond, including this state's Northwestern counties and National Forest lands.
Image taken during aerial surveys for the AL-CAN Highway, circa 1930s.
The bulk of the images date around 1938-1990, and were captured during surveys for government agencies such the USDA Forest Service or Washington Department of Natural Resources.
The Collection of Aerial Photographs is open to the public, although we recommend that researchers contact CPNWS in advance about their area(s) of interest and/or to set up an appointment. While staff are working presently to further catalog the collection, a preliminary listing of holdings is available in this LibGuide to the Collection.
In May of 1967, the Western campus received a visit from Julian Bond, then 27 years of age and a prominent civil rights activist, anti-war spokesperson and elected State Senator in Georgia. Interviewed outside Old Main for local TV by Political Science Professor and Chair Manfred Vernon and Duayne Trecker of KVOS, Bond shared his views on issues including the war in Vietnam, poverty, race relations and the civil rights movement.
Visitors to Broadway can now see still images from this interview as part of a photo montage shown in the current production of Katori Hall’s “The Mountaintop.” Starring Samuel L. Jackson (as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) and Angela Bassett, this play presents a “re-imagining” of events on April 3, 1968, the evening prior to Dr. King’s assassination.
Footage from the Julian Bond interview and other 1960s KVOS films are archived at WWU’s Center for Pacific Northwest Studies, with several available online as part of Western Libraries’ Digital Collections. Researchers interested in the civil rights era may also wish to view KVOS interviews with James Farmer, founder and leader of the Congress of Racial Equality, and the comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory.
Special Collections has passed the half-way mark in completing the digitization of the WWU student newspaper. Western has had a student newspaper from 1899, the first year of the university. From 1899 to 1950 is now available online in the WWU Student Newspaper Digital Collection.
Lesley Lowery, who is helping to get the paper online, enjoys seeing the news stories from the past. "It's a lot of fun to get into, to get a feeling for the stories behind the names on buildings on campus I see everyday." Lesley has discovered that the student newspaper reported on different events long ago, "They had proms and dances every weekend, the social theme was much more important then."
Discover the past for yourself, browsing through the old issues of the student newspaper, and check back for more recent issues coming soon.
The Fall 2011 ‘Perspectives’ Display is devoted to examining the multiple narratives around Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day. Traditionally very Western-centric holidays, these events celebrate European culture in the United States. However, contemporary critics have offered a new perspective on these events: that Columbus Day and Thanksgiving Day only offers one paradigm of European arrival in North America.
The Fall 2011 Display hopes to offer a thorough examination of the issues around these holidays. Any questions? Contact Rebecca Marrall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of the new Learning Commons in the Library, the Tutoring Center moved in to Wilson 2 North, WL 280, at the beginning of Fall Quarter and the Writing Center relocated to the area behind the Media Circulation Desk right across from Zoe's Bookside Bagels in Wilson Library.
Both are now open and ready to assist all students with their tutoring and writing needs.
The Tutoring Center is open:
* Monday - Thursday: 9am-9pm
* Friday: 9am-5pm
* Sunday: 5pm - 9pm
The Writing Center is open:
* Days: Monday - Thursday: 10-4; Friday 10-2
* Evenings: Sunday: 6-9; Monday - Thursday: 6-8
Stop by to check out their new locations and to get some excellent assistance with your school work!
Also, be sure to take a look at the links below to learn more about the Learning Commons, the Writing Center and the Tutoring Center.
1. Our website is http://library.wwu.edu
2. Your Western ID card is your library card.
3. We can save you time! Librarians with subject specialties and staff dedicated to assist with your research and writing projects. JUST ASK!
4. We help you do research for specific courses & assignments. Librarians have created guides with lists of “best” resources in specific subject areas & for specific assignments to get you started.
5. Remote Support!
Stuff all spread out, don’t want to pack up & come to the Reference Desk?
Need help finding something? Use (Ask Us!) - - Online CHAT Reference
Text us @ (360) 797-5910
Tweet us @Ask_WWU_Lib
6. 24/7 access any time - anywhere! Web-based catalog & e books, full text articles & online journals, citation guides & more, accessible from anywhere!
7. Access to materials from libraries regionally & worldwide - - delivered quickly via Summit and Inter Library Loan (ILLIAD)! Often we have electronic delivery of materials.
8. Technology! 24/hour computer lab, a Dual-boot Mac/PC lab, scanners, color printing, & over 100 pc’s with the full Adobe & Microsoft Office Suite, & laptops available to check out!
9. Study spaces to meet any need! Designated quiet spaces - 4 Central & 5 West,
individual study carrels to collaborative spaces with comfy chairs or big tables; group study rooms equipped with large screen LCD monitor and interactive whiteboards, video & media editing rooms, & more.
10. The Learning Commons - bringing help & resources together to save you time! Reference & Instruction, Circulation & Reserves, the Student Technology Center, Writing Center, Tutoring Center, Teaching Learning Academy & the Faculty Writing Instruction Support are all located on the 2nd floor of the Library.