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Staying Connected with WU Libraries

A resource guide for parents and families

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 connect with other Libraries staff too, particularly the Subject Librarians.

Best wishes to you and your students as 2018-19 begins!

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

Belated November greetings!

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.


October Tips

Do you think your students have a way to keep track of  the many sources they'll use in their upcoming research papers and projects?  

Encourage them to look into using a citation management program to help organize citations and create bibliographies.  The Libraries will be offering workshops on one such tool--Zotero.  Students may sign up and attend these and the other WU Libraries' research and tech workshops taking place this October.


Personalized research consultations are also available with any of the many Subject Librarians.  Students can access these subject experts 24/7 via their online Research Guides.


Students can learn more about the whole WU Libraries System through our month-long Passport to Your Libraries event


September Tips

Below are some key links to get acclimated and maximize all the WU Libraries system has to offer.  To start with, encourage your students 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!

WU Libraries also has a slate of research and tech workshops on offer this fall.  Students can learn about data management, how to conduct a literature review, and how to use citation management tools effectively.