New “Summit” Library System

Big changes are in store for Willamette University. Starting in June 2013 the movement from 37 to one begins. We are moving with our Summit partner libraries from 37 stand-alone library systems to one shared system to improve the research experience for our students and faculty and to better manage our resources. The popular library system you have used to search for information and borrow library materials is being replaced by a new, improved user interface which will make it easier for you to find the information you need and get the items you are looking for both here at Willamette and through Summit.

Willamette University is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries across Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The Alliance is the engine behind Summit but it is not the only initiative on which the 37 libraries collaborate. As a group, we are working toward unlocking opportunities that will help us to build our collections as a single collection, share services and resources, and exploit new technologies. This move from 37 to one will help us achieve those goals. Better managing our resources and creating efficiencies in processes will enable staff to focus on value added activities that will benefit our users and our institutions.Under Construction

Because this is a big migration from many systems to one, it will take 18 months to get all Alliance libraries up and running. In the meantime, you will experience a hybrid system, with many of the advantages of the new, next generation system and a few remnants of the old. All the benefits of the new system will become operational when the last group of libraries goes-live. Willamette is one of the first institutions to move to this new environment, so our services may be a bit bumpy during the transition. Information on how to use this new interface (including use of mobile apps) will be coming soon!

We appreciate your patience and good humor as we move to this better, easier to use library system.

Find out more about our new system coming in June 2013, or go to our FAQ page.


Better than Printing Tip #12: Condensing Photos and Image DPI

Condense your images. Shrink your photos or reduce Dots per Inch (DPI).

Large images can slow down your printing and waste paper on drafts. Here are some tips to help reduce waste and speed up printing.

    • Use placeholders for your images until your final drafts. Not only will it save a ton of paper but it can help you focus on the flow of the words and transitions.

  • If you have high resolution images (DPI — dots per inch), save them at lower resolution.  One way is to use Photoshop to change your DPI.  Copy your image, then open Photoshop, and click File and new.  A box will open in which you can change your DPI.  We recommend 75 DPI.  Photoshop is available on all campus computer labs.  


Featured Database: PsycINFO

PsycINFO is currently one of our most heavily used databases at Willamette. This database is the APA’s renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, dissertations, and technical reports. It is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health, with the majority of the covered material being peer-reviewed. Whatever you find in PsycINFO will likely be high quality and reliable information. It covers the professional and academic literature in more than 1,300 journals in more than 30 languages!

Similar to all other Ebsco databases like Academic Search Premier, you can limit results to only full text and peer-review. If the full text is not available, don’t forget to click the little red “Find it at WU” button.  This button searches Willamette’s catalog for journals we have in print and electronically, and if we don’t have e-access to it or have it in print an interlibrary loan option will be provided.  It takes 2-3 days to get an article through interlibrary loan.

Another nice feature of this database is its ability to limit results to peer-reviewed literature just by checking a box (what is peer-review?).

One of the most powerful functions of this resource is the citation tool (screen shot below).  When you click on any of the article titles, an option on the right appears for citing the item.  You can copy and paste or export the citation info into bibliography management software like RefWorks.

If you’re doing psychology related research and haven’t tried PsycINFO yet, give it a shot and let us know what you think.  We’re sure you’ll like it!

Contact John Repplinger ( for comments or questions about this resource.


Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier is one of those library resources that people really enjoy to using for their research.  They love how easy it is to use, and its wide range of coverage.  Whatever your research topic might be, you will likely find relevant literature whether it is in the social sciences, humanities, general science, education, or multicultural topics.

There are nearly 8,000 journals indexed by Academic Search Premier, and over half of these provide the full text of articles.  There is also an option to limit your results to only full text, which allows you to either save or print articles.

If the full text is not available, don’t forget to click the little red “Find it at WU” button.  This button searches Willamette’s catalog for journals we have in print, and if we don’t have it an interlibrary loan option shows up (it takes 2-3 days to get an article through interlibrary loan).

A nice feature of this database is its ability to limit results to peer reviewed literature just by checking a box (what is peer-review?).  Did you know that 3,500 journals in Academic Search Premier are peer-reviewed?  That is nearly half of the journals!  So chances are very good that you will receive high quality information within your results.

Is Academic Search Premier limited to articles only?  No!  It also includes select newspapers, magazines, trade magazines, book reviews, and a number of books.

One of the most popular and least known functions of this resource is the citation tool (screen shot below).  When you click one of the titles, an option on the right appears for citing the item.  You can copy and paste or export the citation info into bibliography management software like RefWorks.

If you haven’t tried Academic Search Premier before, give it a shot.  We’re sure you’ll like it!

Contact John Repplinger ( comments or questions about this resource.


WU Campus Photo Collection

Inside the Old Library

Have you heard about the Willamette University Campus Photograph Collection yet?

The Willamette University Campus Photograph collection, comprised of more than 1,700 photographic prints, negatives, slides, and copy prints of sketches and blueprints, is a rich documentary resource covering nearly a century and a half of Willamette’s history.

A strength of the collection is the visual documentation it provides of Willamette’s ever-developing campus; particularly the buildings and landscape. Images show ground-breakings, construction, renovations, fires, and demolitions of various buildings. Transformation of the campus grounds, through activities such as the redesign of the Mill Stream and the removal of trees, is also evident. Aerial views of the campus provide yet another perspective of campus architecture and grounds and, to a lesser extent, downtown Salem, Oregon.

Two tablets with Bible & Shakespeare passages unearthed from beneath the Star Trees.

Willamette, TIUA, and American Studies Program students are depicted in various facets of their lives, both formally and informally. Students are shown interacting with faculty and administrators, engaging in studying, dining, and recreation, and participating in ceremonies and festivities.

Faculty, administrators, and staff are also represented, often in the capacity of interacting with students, officiating at an event, or posing for a portrait.

Additional notes: If a building has been known by more than one name an attempt has been made to list all names. For example, a search for “College of Medicine”, “Science Hall”, “Music Hall”, or “Art Building” will return images of the building that currently serves as the Art Building located at the corner of State and Winter Streets. Similarly, a search for the “College of Law” will return images of the Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center as well as the building currently known as “Gatke Hall” which formerly housed the College of Law. Some of the photos that you’ll find in this collection include the following.

The Archives staff is asking for assistance in identifying images. Please use the comment feature on the website if you are able to provide info relating to any of the images.

For permission to reproduce any of the images please contact the University Archivist, Mary McRobinson, at

“Baby” Star Trees that are as tall as the Collins Science Hall.

Waller Hall, from northeast in winter, with the College of Medicine to the right.















Aerial view of the College of Medicine, Willson Park, the First United Methodist Church, and some of Salem










Willamette students stand in a W and seniors stand in ’19 formation for Chapel March/Spectacle Day









[Old] University Library, Willamette University, Salem, Oregon.

Featuring JSTOR

JSTOR is a collection of nearly four thousand journals from over 50 different subject areas.  It provide access to the complete run of journal publications to the very first issue for hundreds of high quality academic journals, some of which date from the 1800s!  There are over 12 million pages available now.

One of the nice features (see screenshot below) is that you can easily browse or search the the broad subject areas or specific journals by simply checking a box.  While JSTOR has a broad range of subject areas that it covers, some subject areas are stronger than others.  The list below are areas of strength, and even within this list there are large differences.

Browsing and searching by subject areas or specific journals is easy. Just check your boxes and type in your search words.

Areas of Strength:

  • African Studies (55 journal titles)
  • American Studies (125 titles)
  • Anthropology (93 titles)
  • Archaeology (94 titles)
  • Art & Art History (195 titles)
  • Asian Studies (73 titles)
  • Biological Sciences (240 titles)
  • Botany & Plant Sciences (57 titles)
  • Business (235 titles)
  • Ecological & Evolutionary Biology (75 titles)
  • Economics (173 titles)
  • Education (141 titles)
  • History (334 titles)
  • Language & Literature (294 titles)
  • Law (94 titles)
  • Mathematics (72 titles)
  • Music (86 titles)
  • Philosophy (99 titles)
  • Political Science (153 titles)
  • Religion (74 titles)
  • Sociology (128 titles)

It used to be that JSTOR included only journal articles that we could access automatically.  That is no longer the case.  JSTOR has grown to offer more than just journal articles, and most people don’t know that it also includes book reviews, pamphlets, books, and miscellaneous publications.  So there might be more variety to your results than what first appear!

BROWSE results by the top tabs (e.g. Journals, Books, Pamphlets). The ARTICLE SUMMARY can include the abstract and a lot of additional info.

If you want to limit your results to only journal articles or book reviews, you can simply check a box from the main search page or click the tabs at the top of the search results page to your desired type of publication.  It is important to know that search results are defaulted to only show items you can access electronically.  You can also broadening your results to include everything in JSTOR.

A recent addition to JSTOR is the “Article Summary” which vary in quality from item to item.  Some items include rich abstracts, bibliographic information, author information, footnotes, graphs, figures, and images, other literature that cite this item, and the references from the article (some of which are even hyperlinked).  Your search words are highlighted too!

All of this creates a rich resource that people find very appealing. So if you haven’t used JSTOR in a while or ever, try it out!

For questions about JSTOR, contact a librarian.


Shakespeare Online Videos

Over the holiday break Willamette purchased access to 37 BBC Shakespeare Plays provided by Ambrose Video. Shakespeare is rightly called the world’s greatest playwright for the soaring beauty of his language, for his profound insight into human nature, for the truths he dramatized and for the realism of the characters he created. He was, and remains, a superb entertainer. You can access the videos from both on campus and off campus.

New Look for RefWorks

The Hatfield Library has enabled RefWorks 2.0 with a new, easier-to-use design.

Users logging in to RefWorks will see the new interface. Those wishing to use the old interface can toggle between designs using the link in the the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Users are able to switch back and forth at any time without affecting any data.

Some RefWorks tools, including Write-N-Cite and RefGrab-It, still have the old look, but they work seamlessly with the new interface and will be updated later this year.

Questions about the new look?  Contact Bill Kelm ( or John Repplinger (

New Database on Women’s Issues

The Hatfield Library has access to a new database called Contemporary Women’s Issues.

The database is a multidisciplinary, full-text database that brings together relevant content from mainstream periodicals, gray literature, and the alternative press, with a focus on the critical issues and events that influence women’s lives in more than 190 countries.