Quick Tips for New Students

Student studying on a laptop

Welcome to Western. Studies show using the library increases student success.1 So get off to a great start and take advantage of the wide variety of resources and services we have to offer you.

All five libraries are for you

No matter your area of study, you’re welcome at any of our five libraries. We’re preparing to safely welcome you to our locations this September. We’ll be offering study space, use of public computers and printers, and access to our collections through our digital delivery and no-contact pickup services.


Course readings

Some professors use our course readings service to help you save on books. Log in to the service from our homepage or check your OWL course site to access Course Readings.

We’re here to help

Struggling with information overload? Need help finding the perfect article for your paper? Unsure how to cite something? We can help. Contact us through chat, text, or email for one-on-one help.

The library search tool: Google, but better

Save yourself frustration hunting for the perfect article on Google. It can be great for finding general information, but not the kind of quality, credible resources professors will expect.

With the library search tool, you can be confident you’re accessing scholarly resources and as a Western student, you can get them for free through the library. Plus our filters can help save you time by narrowing your search.

For tips on how to find materials with the search tool, check out our research guide.

Expanded access

You now get access to millions of world-class resources and databases.

Research paper due? Get started with our research guides. They group subject-specific sources together to help you search more efficiently.

Still not sure where to start? Contact us.

We’re here to help you throughout your time at Western. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter for the latest news, tips, and tricks. Have a great first semester!