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Staying Connected with WU Libraries

A resource guide for parents and families

May Tips

Happy May!

Classes are over and students are gearing up for end-of-semester exams.  The construction in Olin Library is complete and the exhibits are installed and ready for viewing.

Students will still have an active WUSTL Key over the summer, and that means they'll still be able to access the 900+ online databases WU Libraries subscribes to.  Maybe over the summer they'll have time to investigate some these amazing sources they have missed during the academic year:


  • Browse through some of the many Archives Unbound collections, which include historical documents covering many topics  from the Middle Ages forward--from Witchcraft to World War II to twentieth-century political history. 
  • Practice language skills through the many international--and interactive--newspapers featured in Press Reader.
  • Summer could also be the time for investigating Ancestry - Library Edition
  • Relax with some pleasure reading using any of the many eBooks.


If students have a technical problem, assistance is available at the Help Desk.  Get assistance remotely via FAQs, Ask Us! chat service, and phone: 314-935-5410.  (See December Tips for a handy eBook help document.)

April Tips

April greetings from WUSTL Libraries!

Students and their Personal Librarians

Class librarians have been busy working with students enrolled in the Writing 1, What Is Justice? and Writing Identity courses.  All sections have a class librarian available to them throughout the semester. With their course instructor and librarian as guides, students learn how to conduct research and develop habits of inquiry. 

Hopefully students will consider their class librarian and the many Subject Librarians as resources for the rest of their time at WU!  Encourage your students to tap into the knowledge and know-how of these information experts!


Resource Highlight – Interlibrary Loan

Yes, WU Libraries has a wide and comprehensive collection of academic journals, but students who take advantage of the Libraries’ Interlibrary Loan service have even more journal articles at their fingertips. Interlibrary Loan makes it possible for students to get virtually any article they need quickly and seamlessly.

Encourage your students to ask their class librarian about using this excellent service.


Events of Note

John M. Olin Library’s Open House of New Spaces - Thursday, April 12, 1:00-3:00 p.m.

Students are encouraged to attend Olin Library’s open house on April 12 to learn more about the newly transformed technology, instruction, and exhibit spaces.

The event will include self-guided tours, free snacks and prizes, and takes place on April 12, 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

Spring Write-In in Olin Library - Wednesday, May 2, 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

Your students undoubtedly have papers and projects due in the not-so-distant future. And they can find help and encouragement at the Spring Write-in!  On Wednesday, May 2, 1:00-5:00 p.m. Writing Center staff and research librarians will be on hand to answer questions, help with the writing process, and provide research assistance. Refreshments will be served.

March Tips

Happy March! It's mid-semester, and WU Libraries are there for your students before, after, and --yes--even during Spring Break! 


Maximizing – Three Essential Tips

1. Looking for articles?  Login through WU Libraries’ proxy server before searching to ensure full access to subscription publications. WU Libraries subscribes to thousands of journals.

2. Not sure where to start a project? Start with the Research Guides maintained by our expert subject-area librarians.

3. Need immediate help? Use the Ask us! Chat service. You can always start a chat from the homepage, but the chat box is also embedded in some article and database pages. Even if the chat service is closed for the evening, initiating a chat creates a ticket, and Help Desk staff will respond to you the following morning.


February Tips

Hello, and happy February!
--The Olin Transformation project is entering its final phases, but students already have access to new areas:
  • An enhanced Whispers Cafe is open with new seating and tech hook-ups and an expanded menu.
  • Have your students visited The Sky Room and Risa’s Landing? These are two unique and beautiful study and seating areas located in the upper levels of The Newman Tower of Collections and Exploration
--Our ever-evolving mobile tour is available to help students and visitors get to know Olin—both the old and the new! 
The annual Neureuther Student Book Collection Essay Competition is underway. Submitted essays will be evaluated by faculty judges and winners will be selected in both undergraduate and graduate categories. The cash prizes are significant!

January Tips

Welcome to 2018!

All WU students have subscription-level online access to the New York Times.  First, they must register with their WUSTL email address at Academic Passes.  Read more about the NYT Academic Pass program.

Students also have access to many other popular periodicals such as The New Yorker, Harper's, and The Economist.

To take advantage of WU's subscriptions, students should begin their journey from the Library's homepage--beginning with a general web search or proceeding directly to these publications' websites will lead to incomplete access and pay walls.  

The easiest way to find one of the Library's subscriptions, is to search for the journal's title.

Happy reading.


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. To use eBooks and other subscription resources students will be prompted to enter their WUSTL Key ID. The document posted at the top of this box below provides a bit more information on accessing eBooks from the WU Catalog.


Anyone studying a language may like to take a look at the many international newspapers in Library Press Reader.  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!