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Staying Connected with WU Libraries

A resource guide for parents and families

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!