Guide to library resources for WMU faculty

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Welcome back to WMU! The University Libraries supports your research interests and teaching. Let's work together! Join our email list to stay updated on your library.

Teaching and academic support

Five ways to help your students get research ready

Your students need research skills, not only for their courses but for their future careers. Here are five ways you can help your students get research ready this fall.

Free-to-use course materials

Textbook costs can be a barrier to student success. Check out our list of textbook alternatives and free resources for WMU faculty members. 

Library workshops for students

We are hosting two workshop series for WMU students to help them enhance their academic and research skills.

Academic Adulting: Workshops for Undergraduate Students

Dates: October 10-14
Topics: citing sources, time management, using research in writing, and more. Eligible for Signature and SPuRs credit.

Scholarly Success Skills for Graduate Students

Dates: September – November 2022
Topics: Visualizing data, literature reviews, preparing for human subject research, scholarly publishing, and more.

Jump start your research

Looking for research funding opportunities?

You have access to the Foundation Directory courtesy of the Office of Research and Innovation and University Libraries. Search for grants, fellowships and other opportunities to support your research goals. Access the Foundation Directory.

Open access publishing support

We have agreements with two major publishers, Wiley and Cambridge University Press, to provide financial support for Western Michigan University researchers who publish in open access journals. Publishing open access gives your research more exposure, wider reach, higher citations and more downloads. Learn more about our agreements and open access publishing.

Research opportunities with the Libraries' distinctive collections

Access distinctive collections at the Zhang Legacy Collections Center on Oakland Drive, including the WMU Archives, Regional History Collection, and Special Collections. Our expert staff preserves these primary resources and helps researchers navigate our rich collections. Contact Zhang to get started.

Services for researchers

Reminders for Fall 2022

Waldo Library is open and the go-to place to study on campus

Waldo Library's lower level is under construction

We're refreshing Waldo Library's lower level to make it better for you! We plan to reopen the floor later this fall. Until then, remember:

  • Floors 1, 2 and 3 are open, and there's plenty of study space available.
  • The lower-level print collections (call letters Q-Z) are unavailable during construction, but you can still access these materials by placing an ILL request.
  • The Respondus Testing Room, Multimedia and Learning Glass studios, and Virtual Reality, Flight Simulator, and 3D printing labs have temporarily moved to floor 2. Learn more about these services.