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Friday, July 15, 2016

WMU Entrepreneurship Expo at Waldo Library

The first event of its kind at WMU.
The Entrepreneurship Expo at Waldo Library is for everyone. Sponsored by Haworth College of Business and University Libraries.
Tuesday, September 13, 5-7 p.m. Waldo Library, first floor

Interested in starting your own business? Find out the how-tos and the who-to-knows in the Kalamazoo startup community at this event focused on student entrepreneurs.

  • Be introduced to the entrepreneurship major and minor at WMU.
  • Learn about free WMU and community resources for students pursuing business ideas.
  • Network with community mentors for aspiring business owners. 
  • All students, staff, or faculty who have a curiosity about entrepreneurship should attend.
Join us September 13, RSVP info:
Flier pdf file is here: Entrenpreneurship Flier

Library Guide with inEducation account information:

Three Million Downloads: ScholarWorks Reaches Another Milestone

WMU Libraries announce that a major milestone has been reached for ScholarWorks at WMU. The institutional repository houses over 20,000 items of Western's research under one umbrella, with an aim to preserve and provide access to that research. It is a significant milestone with over 1,250,000 downloads just in the past year.

The Libraries' team continues to increase the number items in the repository. Included are copies of published articles and conference papers, presentations, senior theses, WMU journals, and performances, among others. The accessibility of these materials worldwide is vital to the main pillars of WMU's mission: learner-centered, discovery-driven, and globally-engaged.

The repository has more information about the contents, search functions and how to submit items. On the home page is real time information about the download of the moment and what country a person is accessing it from:

Scholarworks Facebook page: 


Now, get a NY Times subscription through WMU Libraries

The University Libraries are now providing access to the New York Times Digital edition to the active WMU community through an Academic Pass. New this year, it works like an individual subscription that you can use on your desktop, tablet, and mobile device. Features are quality news, videos, archives back to 1880s, elections app, virtual reality content, even NY Times in Education for instructors which includes teaching tools. (no pay-wall with the University Libraries provision of this resource for you) Links are below and more info. is on the libguide page:

Academic Pass:  
- allows access from any device for 364 days
- are available to WMU students, faculty, and staff ONLY
- requires a valid address and account
- are available from any location 
- does not include Crosswords and Times Insider.

To register your account: 
- Go to the WMU Library home page, then Databases,and Guides, click on ‘N’ and scroll down to New York Times Digital edition, and use those links to create an account, or click here for the database login pg:  
- Enter your WMU email address.
- Create a new password (do not use your BroncoNet password).

Another route is to use this link via the WMU proxy to set up an account:

Already registered using a WMU email address? To receive a new WMU Academic Pass:  
- Go to the WMU Library home page, then Databases,and Guides, click on ‘N’ and scroll down to New York Times Digital edition, and use those links to create an account, or click here for the database login pg:
- Enter your WMU email address and the password that you created for this site.
- Your Academic Pass is good for 364 days from the date you activate it; after it expires you can register as above for a new pass for 364 days.  

Mobile Apps: Your Academic Pass includes access to The New York Times via the NYTimes smartphone and tablet apps.; these are included as part of the Academic Pass and are available through the Apple and Android app stores.

Also new is access to New York Times in Education 
It provides both educators and students the ability to make the most of’s digital 24/7 content. faculty contributions, curated New York Times articles , custom news alerts, co-curricular activities, and weekly digests in several major subject area, including Biology, Business, Criminal Justice, Economics, and more.

How do you access
- visit and click link “Register ” at the upper right hand corner. From there, follow the instructions
to create an account using your school email address as your username. (Note: This is not the same logon credentials that are used to access the New York Times Digital edition. Use your email addresses to register. )

For additional information: contact Geri Rinna, Electronic Resources Librarian, , For instructional information Ed Eckel, engineering librarian,

Additional databases: WMU Libraries provides over 400 electronic databases for your research and information. The list/links to the alphabetical list are here:

Monday, July 11, 2016

Over 400 databases for you. As an active WMU community member have you . . .

As an active WMU community member have you explored what is there for you? It gives new meaning to the concept of browsing at the library. (And you can do these in your 'jamies, 24/7) :

African American Poetry (1750-1900)

The early history of African American poetry, from the first recorded poem by an African American (Lucy Terry's 'Bars Fights', c.1746) to the major poets

Alt-Press Watch™ showcases unique, independent voices from many respected and cited grassroots newspapers, magazines, and journals

Contains over 1,500 dramatic works from the early eighteenth century

gives researchers of Latin American studies, Spanish, and Portuguese a comprehensive and unique perspective on the region.
American Memory
Multimedia collections from the Library of Congress of digitized documents, photographs, sound recordings, motion pictures, and texts. Over 100 collections,

Includes more than 100,000 songs of the Civil Rights movement, political campaigns, Prohibition, the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, anti-war protests, and more.

is a suite of 3D interactive models of human anatomy. MRIs, X-rays, live-action movies and animations are also included.

Several wide-ranging collections of information for conducting genealogical and local history research

500 hours of documentaries and interviews illustrating the theory and practice of a variety of art forms.

A vast collection of standards and technical information covering a broad range of engineering disciplines.

Search essential banking industry publications.

Search over 600,000 biographies on more than 500,000 people by name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, more . . .

Detailed scientific information, along with images and audio clips for 716 species.

This source lists manufacturers and distributors from small businesses to large corporations

AND this is only a sampling of A - Bs in the list!

All there for you to use with your Bronco Net ID. Then there is the new and trial list to explore on the right of this page:  Many databases ask for your login -- use your Bronco ID username and password.

You can search by subjects, types, vendor and words or just browse A - Z.

Please enjoy. (for help on making sense of this vast universe, maybe for the specific tidbit of info that you need, ask a librarian: