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Writing and Citing

Citing sources

Learn how to properly construct and format your bibliographies and works cited pages including links to APA, Chicago and MLA style guides.

Copyright guidelines

Get guidelines for copyright standards including Western Michigan University’s copyright policies and fair use terms.

Writing Center

Improve your writing skills with help from a consultant. 

Research Skills

Subject and course guides

Use guides created by experts at WMU Libraries to help you with your course work or research project.

Research tutorials

Improve your research skills with these online interactive tools.

Information literacy and research instruction

Collaborate with our librarians to help your students to think critically and effectively find, use and interpret information. 

Research Support

Journal impact and citation analysis

Learn how to measure the impact of your work on disciplinary scholarship and find the top journals in your field.

Mapping and GIS

Get help creating maps and data visualization graphics for publications, research and teaching projects.

Makerspace

Create something out of nothing, prototype concepts and try out your ideas.

Research carrels

Request a research carrel if you are engaged in writing or research requiring extensive use of library materials. These rooms are available to WMU faculty, emeriti and graduate students only.

Teaching Tools

Course reserves

Place books, book excerpts, articles, videos and sound recordings on reserve in the library or electronically for class use.

Learning Glass Studio

Record lectures and presentations while writing notes on a transparent lightboard and maintaining face-to-face contact with students.

Textbook alternatives

Find out about alternative options to textbooks offered through University Libraries, including open education resources.

Videos

Use Library Search to find DVDs, videotapes and streaming videos available for instructional purposes.

Virtual Reality Lab

Explore virtual reality and learn how to integrate it into your classes and research.

Ask Us

Chat

Chat online with a University Libraries staff member.

Make an appointment with a subject librarian

Schedule time with one of our subject librarians to get help with your research projects and class assignments.

Email a question

Email a question to the Libraries and receive an answer within one business day.

Frequently asked questions

Search our database of answers to our most frequently asked questions.