Frequently Asked Questions

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How can I find articles on my topic in the library?

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  Try the following resources: How to Find Articles through WKU Libraries WKU Library Website Research Guides Alphabetical List of Databases at WKU  

Where do I go to check out books and other materials at the library?

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In the Helm-Cravens Library (main campus) you can check materials out at the Circulation Desk on the fourth floor of Cravens Library, and on the second floor of Cravens Library in the Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL).  Specific policies and lending periods may be found on the Circulation web page, or by visiting or calling the Circulation Desk at 270-745-3951. 

How do I find and access the right Databases for my topic? What if I have trouble logging in?

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How do I find research databases for my topic or major?  WKU Libraries Research Guides are created by our librarians to help you find research materials chosen specifically for your subject area. The guides are arranged by topic, and they include suggestions for article databases, along with suggestions for finding books, and contact information for the Subject Specialist Librarian for your topic. ... read more

What are the hours of operation of the WKU LIbraries?

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You can view our hours of operation on the library hours page, including hours for the main library and our other locations, and "special hours" for breaks, holidays and summer. This page also shows hours for Reference, Circulation, Periodicals, Interlibrary Loan and more. Questions about access to the building or specific rooms in the library can be directed to the Circulation Desk at 270-745-39 ... read more

How do I pay library fines, late fees, and other charges?

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To pay your fines: In person: come to the Circulation Desk at Cravens Library to pay with cash, check, or money order By telephone: Call the Circulation Desk at 270-745-3951 to pay by credit card By mail: Please call the Circulation Desk at 270-745-3951 to find out how to mail your payment by check   To view your account online to find out how much you owe: Log in to your library account onliln ... read more

How do I set up Google Scholar to download articles available through WKU Libraries?

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Google Scholar Google Scholar is the academic form of Google, designed to search for scholarly articles and books using the much-admired Google search engine.  Google Scholar does NOT contain every journal article—it does not, in fact, include the majority of scholarly articles available through the WKU Libraries. It DOES, however, contain many articles available through WKU, and you can download ... read more

What benefits do I receive as a Friend of WKU Libraries? How do I enroll?

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Becoming a Friend of WKU Libraries costs as little as $25, and includes many benefits: Borrowing Privileges Receive Collections & Connections newsletter Professional research assistance upon request Access to hundreds of databases (full access on campus; off site is limited) Special discount offers at WKU Store during National Library Week Invitations to Libraries' special events, lectures, and w ... read more

Where can I find Style Guides to help me format my paper and cite references according to a style like APA or MLA?

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See the WKU Libraries guide: Style Guides and Manuals -- a Research Guide to help you find the correct way to prepare papers manuscripts and citations according to popular formats like APA, MLA, and others. You may also want to consult the Purdue OWL--Purdue University's excellent website offering excellent advice on formatting your paper according to all major styles. The WKU Writing Center is an ... read more

How can I find the impact factor for a journal? 

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What is a journal impact figure? The impact factor is a measure normally based on the frequency with which the average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. It is used to help scholars decide on the best journals in which to publish their work, and to help readers and researchers discern the relative importance of journals within their fields.    How can I find an impact factor ... read more

How can I get a book or article that the library does not have? What is an Interlibrary Loan?

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Library doesn't have an article or book you need for your research? You can try an Interlibrary Loan request.  Interlibrary Loan is a process by which we ask cooperating libraries if they would send us an article or book we don't have in our collection. In turn, we send materials out to other libraries. Any WKU student, faculty member, or staff can request an Interlibrary Loan. This service is pro ... read more

Where can I find paper copies of periodicals, journals, magazines, or serials?

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At this time most newspapers, periodicals, and magazines are available online. However, some are still available in paper, or you may prefer to view paper copies of older periodicals. You will find paper versions at several locations on campus--here is a rough guide to get you started:   the bulk of periodicals are located on the top floor of Helm Library (Periodicals area) leisure reading period ... read more

What is a DOI number for an article? How do I find it? How do I use it?

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What is an article DOI, and why do I need it?  Because online articles may change their Web address (URL) from time to time, many scholars and style guides recommend that, when possible, you use a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to identify an article, rather than the URL. DOIs are an attempt to provide stable, long-lasting links for online articles. A DOI is unique to a specific document, and con ... read more

How many items can I take on loan at one time? How long can I keep them? 

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Student Borrowers The loan period for most circulating library materials is four weeks for students. Audiovisual materials circulate for seven days. There is a limit of 10 items per type of AV material.. Faculty and Staff The loan period for most library materials is one semester. Leisure books circulate for four weeks, and audiovisual materials for one week.  There is a limit of 10 items p ... read more

Where can I find snacks, coffee, and other beverages at the library?

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At Helm-Cravens Library, you can get coffee and tea, sandwiches, salads, bagels, pastries and other snacks at Java City, a WKU-owned and operated coffee shop located at the entrance to Helm Library. Visit the Java City Website for hours of operation and nutritional information.  The libraries also provide vending machines offering beverages and snacks at the main entrance to Cravens Library near ... read more

What is the Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL) and where is it located in the library?

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The Visual and Performing Arts Library (VPAL) is located on the second floor of Cravens Library. The VPAL includes collections on art, dance, fashion, interior design, music, photography, and theatre. The VPAL also offers the Lila Green Listening & Viewing Library, along with our film and music collections. Materials available in the VPAL include books, DVDs, CDs, VHS, and LP records. There is a w ... read more

How can I find test preparation materials through the library for educational and career entrance exams such as ASVAB, GRE, Praxis, and others?

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A good place to start is the Testing and Education Resource Center database.  This resource includes many preparation materials for many popular standard tests such as the GRE, MCAT, GMAT, TOEFL, and others. Find more materials, including paper test presparation books, through the WKU Libraries' One-Search Catalog. If you would like more help finding books, see a full explanation at How Can I Fin ... read more

How can I find a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation? What if it is written by WKU students, faculty, or staff?

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How can I find theses and dissertations? A good start in finding dissertations is the Dissertations and Theses Full Text database, the largest collection of dissertations available. You can log in to this database through the library Website. If you are off-campus, you will be asked to enter your WKU NetID and password before proceeding. You can also check NDLTD – Networked Digital Library of The ... read more

What is the Reference Collection, and where do I find it?

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The Reference Collection is located on the main floor of Helm Library, in what is known as the Reference Room. It contains reference materials like dictionaries, encyclopedias, guides, maps, and other "quick reference" resources that most people use briefly and return. You can make copies of any of these materials, but you cannot take them out on loan. In the Reference Room you will also find abou ... read more

How do I find a specific journal?

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See our WKU Libraries' Guide: Finding a Specific Journal or Newspaper 

How can I renew my library loans? Can I renew online? 

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Renewals can either be made at the libraries or online. There are no telephone renewals. Items on hold or recall may not be renewed. Faculty, staff, and students may renew items for a total of 24 months online before the items must be brought into the library to be renewed in person. Friends and other types of patrons have a maximum of 12 months before the items must be brought in. Library staff ... read more

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