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Staying Connected with WU Libraries

A resource guide for parents and families

December Tips

Happy Holidays!  We hope your students will get some well-deserved rest and relaxation over Winter Break.  Maybe there's time now to get in a little pleasure reading.  Remind your students that they may still access the library collection through eBooks.

Anyone studying a language may like to take a look at the many international newspapers in Library Press Display.  This database contains current newspapers in more than 60 languages.  Many of the articles also include audio.  

For more information on this excellent resource, see this guide.

November Tips

Happy November!

  • Big Olin Transformation News! The new North Entrance opens on November 1st. At this time, construction will begin on the South Entrance, but there will still be book return slots at both entrance areas. Learn more about the current construction project at Olin Library.



  • Working on research projects over Thanksgiving Break? No problem! Students may access all subscription e-journals and databases from off campus. 

Our license agreements limit access to current WU students, faculty, and staff. So to show they are affiliated with WU, they'll need to logon to the proxy server with their.

Look for "Off-Campus Access" under the "Services" dropdown:

For more information about off campus access, read here.

October Tips

How do your students track sources for their upcoming research papers and projects?  

Encourage them to look into using a citation management program to help organize citations and create bibliographies. Many such programs exist. Libraries' staff are available to support and trouble-shoot Zotero, a free, versatile software application, developed at George Mason University. 

Students may learn the program on their own from resources available at Zotero's website and our online Zotero guide

They may also receive personalized research consultations with any of the many Subject Librarians, ask for assistance at the Help Desk, or use the Ask Us! chat service and question bank. They may also visit Dr. Zotero's drop-in clinic:


Event of interest - Rawstock Student Edition, October 5, South 40 - Ursa’s Stageside

Students are invited to celebrate the educational films of yesteryear! Relive the struggles of gym class, experience the age of dinosaurs, and get some vintage safety and hygiene tips. The films, from the Libraries’ Film & Media Archive, will be projected on the 16mm film that was shown in real classrooms across the St. Louis area.

September Tips

Below are some key links to get acclimated and maximize all that WU Libraries system has to offer.  To start with, encourage them to get to know the geography of Olin Library by taking a tour on their mobile phone.  Olin Library's 24/7 access begins soon, so they can learn the layout anytime!

Dear WU Parents and Families,

Welcome to Staying Connected with WU Libraries.  Expect monthly updates featuring timely tips to share with your students.  Of course, students have access to this info, but a nudge from the family never hurts : )  If you ever have questions about the Libraries and their sources and services, please contact our First-Year Experience Librarian, Kristine Helbling.  Feel free to reach out to other Libraries staff too, particularly the Subject Librarians.

Best wishes to you and your students as 2017-18 begins!