Electronic Book Updates

The Washington and Lee University Library recently updated its holdings of electronic (online) books in three databases to which we subscribe.
In each case, these new items are additions to our existing accounts, with no additional purchase necessary.

  • Oxford Reference Online The latest additions include the Dictionary of Ecology and the Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion.
  • Cambridge Companions Online New titles include the Cambridge Companion to the Epic and Cambridge Companion to Science and Religion.
  • Safari Books Online Now up to more than 9,800 titles, this collection continues to focus on technology topics (including SPSS, smart-phones, etc.), but also includes such items as Reading the Financial Pages for Dummies.

All items are available to W&L researchers through Annie and our Web site, from locations on-campus and off-campus.

Lockers in the Library

Do you need some place to stash your laptop or other valuables while you are in class or at lunch?
Leyburn Library now has 36 self-service storage lockers in three locations on the Main Floor.

All you need to do is choose an unoccupied locker — they have windows — and then input a 4-digit code of your own choosing to lock and unlock. (Obviously, the code must be the same to lock and unlock.)
Currently, the lockers are available on a first-come, first-serve basis and may be used for a period of up to 24 hours.

Please let us know what you think of this new service.

Claiming Carrels

Washington and Lee undergraduate students may begin signing up for carrels in Leyburn Library on Friday 10 September 2010 at 8:30 AM.
Sign-up’s in Telford Science Library will begin that morning at 7:45.

You might ask yourself, “What the heck is a carrel and why would I want one?”
Here is complete information.

Plagiarism and College Students

The 2 August 2010 edition of the New York Times includes a very interesting article which provides a pretty good overview of another way in which “information” has changed in the eyes of contemporary college students.
A lot of this is familiar territory these days for those who work in higher education, but it is always eye-opening to be reminded how wide-spread and multifaceted the problem is.

We would like to remind W&L students and faculty that the University Library maintains a collection of resources designed to help researchers avoid plagiarism.

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, please contact Dick Grefe, Senior Reference Librarian.

Dissertations Online

The Washington and Lee University now subscribes to the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database.
W&L researchers may access the database from this page in our Web site, whether on campus or off campus.

Described as “the world’s most comprehensive collection of dissertations and theses,” this database contains over 2.7 million citations to dissertations and theses from around the world, dating back to 1861. About 1.2 million items are provided in full-text (PDF) form. Entries are searchable by author, title, school, combinations of keywords, and and/other options.

If the text of a dissertation is not available online here, W&L researchers may request to borrow a printed copy via our interlibrary loan service. If a researcher is likely to need long-term use of a dissertation, we often can purchase a printed copy. If interested, consult with one of our subject specialists.