Places you should set up accounts
Database accounts are an important tool to assist you with long-term research and to manage information. With the exception of the My Library account, where you log in with your name & V number, you will need to create your own account on the site after you enter through the library's access. Specific features vary, but typically the accounts allow you to
- save your searches for later use,
- set up email alerts and/or RSS feeds for new material that meets your search criteria,
- save articles and organize them into folders,
- and set personal preferences for the interface.
Gathers your WOU library checkout records, including Summit & Interlibrary Loan orders. Under "preferences," opt in to save your checkout history from now onward.
Save searches and make lists of materials in Summit, and beyond.
EBSCO is the vendor that delivers many of our databases, such as Academic Search Premier, and, specifically for the education literature, ERIC, Professional Development Collection (for educators), the Teacher Reference Center, and many others.
EasyBib is an online tool that helps you collect citation information, keep track of your sources, annotate entries, take notes, outline, and generate a references list in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian styles.
Set alerts for when new pages come on the free web that meet your search criteria; read your RSS feeds; save items from Google Books to my library (not related to WOU's My Library), use lots of other online tools.
Save your favorite websites to a online bookmarking & social networking site and access them from any computer. They provide browser buttons to make it simple to bookmark and tag a page, or you can connect to them from sites that include the AddThis or ShareThis icons . Other features include seeing what sites other people are bookmarking, setting up networks of fellow users of the service, and sharing your groups of bookmarks. Delicious is a generalist site, while CiteULike focuses on scholarly publications and on grabbing all of the required information for proper citation formatting.