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Library Services for College in the High School Faculty

A guide to services offered by CWU Brooks Library for support of Faculty of Central Washington University.


Library Services offered by CWU Brooks Library

CWU James E. Brooks Library -- Your Partner for Student Success

As Adjunct faculty of Central Washington University you have the same library privileges as all faculty of the University. This gives you access to all the subscribed journals, electronic books, and reference services.
You can access the following services through CWU Brooks Library:
·      Liaison Librarians assigned to each academic discipline
·      Research Assistance in person, by phone, and via email
·      24/7 Live Reference Chat
·      Access to Library Resources including electronic access to journals, databases, eBooks, government documents and streaming video
·      Information Literacy Instruction via Skype, Canvas or as part of a library visit

Traditionally academic libraries housed books and periodicals for use by academic researchers. A modern academic library offers much more than just circulation of books and reference services. We still offer those traditional services, but the electronic age means much of our content can be accessed remotely, making it easy to use the library wherever you have a cell or internet connection.

All CWU faculty can utilize the library and the full range of services.

Library Liaisons

Marty Blackson is liaison to College in the High School and can help direct you to subject specific reference librarians if you need research assistance.

You can click the links below to other access some of our discipline specific subject guides, browse our guides:

Biologic Sciences


English 101

English 102



Test Anxiety and how to manage it


Get in Touch with a Research Librarian

The CWU Research Librarians are happy to hear from you and help you with any of your research needs.  There are several ways you can contact us:

  • In Person: The iDesk, first floor of the library in the Academic and Research Commons.
  • By Phone:  509-963-1021 or our toll free number 1-800-290-3327.
  • By our 24/7 Chat Service:  See our Chat box on the left on this page or on most library web pages under "Ask a Librarian."  If a CWU Librarian is unavailable, other Academic Librarian in Washington or the U.S. will be.
  • By Email: You can feel free to contact a librarian personally or use our general email for research questions at
  • Find your subject librarian: Each librarian specializes in certain subjects and can help you with your research.

Search the Library Catalog for Materials Worldwide

Start with OneSearch to search for books, articles, and everything else the library and its partner institutions in the Summit network have.


Further Readings

Open Access Material and ebooks from CWU Collections

Open access materials include content that is made open for use through Creative Commons licenses, Public Domain, or open access through another means. Many great, and free, resources are available to use for teaching.

Below the Open Access Resources are links to ebooks you can check out online from our library.

Articles from Education Week

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Finding materials @ Brooks Library

What is OneSearch?

What is OneSearch?

OneSearch is a single search interface that allows patrons to simultaneously search several article databases, catalogs, and other data sources for books, journal articles, videos, scores, maps, and more!

OneSearch is a shared catalog for the Orbis Cascade Alliance (Summit), a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.

Search Operators

Incorporating search operators into your search is a way to clarify, narrow, or broaden your search. Here are some tips you can use in your own searches:


Quotes can be used to identify and search for a specific phrasing of words strung togeher. Quotes can be very useful for searching titles. For example,

The Color Purple Searchs all instances of the term "color" and "purple", ranking instances where they are together more highly
"The Color Purple" Looks for instances for the entire phrase "The Color Purple", and when those words exist in that order

 Boolean Operators

Boolean operators are used to narrow or broaden a search, they include AND, OR, and NOT. Using all-caps in OneSearch is important, and you'll get different results by using lowercase. Here are some examples of how to use boolean operators:

Fireworks AND Explosives  --- Returns instances where both "fireworks" and "explosives" are mentioned in the record

Fireworks OR Explosives   --- Returns instances where either "fireworks" or "explosives" are mentioned in the record

Fireworks NOT Explosives --- Returns instances of the word "fireworks, but not where "explosives" is included in the record


Wildcards can be used to allow for multiple characters in a word. You use a wildcard operator to replace a character in a word, or a word ending and leave that space available to fill many characters.
Single character wildcards: ?

Search Example: wom?n --- searches for women or woman

Multi-character wildcards: *

Search Example: explain* = explained, explaining, etc.


OneSearch: Advanced Searching in OneSearch