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Getting Connected: Graduate Students and the WSU Libraries

Not a Libraries service but really important: Mental health resources available for graduate students

Getting Books in Fall 2021


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If you are off-campus, the book will be mailed to you (with return postage). If you are on the Pullman campus, you can arrange to p

Summit: The WSU Libraries belong to a regional library consortium, the Orbis-Cascade Alliance (OCA). What this means is if a book (and sometimes video)  is not available at our campus library (we don't have it or it is currently checked out) you can order a book from another regional academic library. It will arrive in 5-10 work days. If you need a book that is not available at WSU or via in Summit, you can use Interlibrary Loan to order it; the same options are available regardless of where the book comes from.

Summer 2021 Update (same as on home page)

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  • We bumped up our abstract and indexing subscription for Philosopher’s Index to a subscription that includes full-text content for the next year (2021-2022)

Temporary Access, Summer 2021 and following

  • JSTOR  - we have access to ALL their journal content (they divide it into specific collections, and we don’t subscribe to all of them), and the ArtStor database through the end of June *2022*.
  • We will be continuing our Roper Center (survey data iPoll database plus more) access through 3/31/2022. Probably not after, however. Note: If you create an account, please carefully read the  Terms and Conditions (which you should  always do, of course)!
  • We have access to PolicyMap through the end of [updated!] December of 2021. (They have a new version with extra functionality but to download data you have to use the legacy (default) version) - blog at Mapchats Blog | PolicyMap to provide some use cases, etc. 
  • What is PolicyMap?

An online (no software installation needed) U.S. national data and mapping tool and analytics platform with multidisciplinary applications for college students and faculty.  Undergraduate and graduate schools use us in their curriculum and research related to social sciences, urban studies, real estate and housing analysis, community and economic development, public administration, public health, policy and political science, education, business, economics, statistics, and geography, among others. Users can leverage thousands of U.S. data indicators in PolicyMap to perform demographic and socioeconomic analysis, from a neighborhood census block group in many cases, up to a national level, as well as create custom regions, for their research and studies.  
 Look for Blog Posts, Customer Stories, and sample Maps, Tables, and Reports.

  • Our MapChats Blog features stories on Mapping Consumer Spending Habits, Internet Access Disparities, and the Social Drivers of Health and more!
  • Our Academic Web Page gives insight into how other universities and colleges use our data and mapping tool
  • Visit PolicyMap Support for tutorials, training videos, the training calendar.
  • A complete list of our data related to Demographics, Incomes and Spending, Housing, Lending, Quality of Life, Economy, Education and Health can be found here

Reference Management Software

Poster Discover Reference Management Software

Reference management/bibliographic software helps you organize the information that you gather (articles, books, websites, images, videos, etc.) so that you can find, access, search, use, and cite it more effectively. There are a number of options that you can choose from, some freely available, some with a one-time cost with optional upgrades, and some based on an annual subscription.

Librarians at the WSU Libraries teach classes focused on two of those tools: Zotero (free, open source) and EndNote (one-time initial cost - you can get a good deal as a student - you can also purchase it via the Tech Store link on the My WSU portal - look under Quick Links on the Student page; optional upgrades). Which one is best for you? It depends on a number of factors so you might want to sign up for both an EndNote and a Zotero class, or investigate other options (see options link above).

If you are interested in learning about Zotero, check the link below and look in the left-hand of the screen for upcoming classes

If you are interested in learning about EndNote, look here for a schedule of classes and more information. WSU Pullman science librarian Chelsea Leachman offers classes at least once every semester.

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