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.
You can click the links below to other access some of our discipline specific subject guides, browse our guides:
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:
Start with OneSearch to search for books, articles, and everything else the library and its partner institutions in the Summit network have.
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.
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.
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 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