Using the library resources and services here at Washington University is new for most of you. You shouldn't hesitate to ask questions. We're here to help! Here are some ways to get assistance:
Contact Brian Vetruba, your class librarian. Brian can be contacted by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), chat, or stop by his library office, room 124 of Olin Library. Brian also has drop-in office hours, Tuesdays, 11am-12noon in Ridgley 319. You can also book an appointment with him.
For a subject-specific question, you can contact a subject librarian
As you begin your research, consulting encyclopedias and other reference materials will give you background information on your topic and help you develop your research questions and search more effectively.
Search Oxford Reference Online:, an electronic collection of subject and language reference works from Oxford University Press.
The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources.
What is ? This is what you click on in library databases to access online full text articles, books, or book chapters; check for print holdings; and to request items via interlibrary loan. See this short tutorial on GetIt!