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Frazzled writing your paper?

Posted on: Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 11:39am

Topic(s): Resources

The Writing Center can help!

Learning Commons, Wilson, Across from Zoe's Bookside Bagels

Days: Monday - Thursday: 10-4; Friday 10-2
Evenings: Sunday: 6-9; Monday - Thursday: 6-8

Contact Information

Students who wish to inquire about our face to face or online services should contact us by phone or email at Unfortunately we don't have an online scheduler, so if you wish to make an appointment, please drop by or call us at 360-650-3219.

You can set up a Writing Conference
"In writing conferences, writers and writing assistants work together to identify patterns of strength and possible areas for revision and editing in drafts. As each conference is a collaborative dialogue, we do not explicitly instruct writers how to revise; rather, writing assistants act as a responsive audience, enabling writers to see the possibilities for revising their work."

Find online help for:

Strategies for Starting:
Analyzing Assignments - Figuring out what your professor wants
Getting Started Strategies - Choose and focus your topic
Twenty Questions - Use these questions to get started writing

Strategies for Revising:
Revising for Style - Find and eliminate the "lard" in your prose
Thesis Statements - Write strong and effective thesis statements

NEW! Correctness Matters - Proofreading strategy video
Editing Strategies - Proofread your own work
Top Ten Conventions - See which errors are most serious

Grammar, Punctuation & more!

Easy Access NW Archivist News

Posted on: Saturday, January 21, 2012 - 1:53pm

Topic(s): Newsletter

The Winter 2012 issue of Easy Access, the quarterly publication of Northwest Archivists is now available!  Lots of great news from around the region.

Library 3 Things - Winter Newsletter

Posted on: Thursday, January 19, 2012 - 11:12am

Topic(s): Newsletter

The new Library 3 Things Winter 2012 Newsletter is now online. Features include:

Something New: QR Codes Help You Browse the Daylight Lounge

This Issue's Great Tip:  Keeping Up 101: An easy way to track our new arrivals

Did You Know?  Be Inspired @ CLIC Conference February 25th

Historic footage of fishing operations

Posted on: Monday, November 28, 2011 - 3:18pm

Topic(s): Resources, Updates

This 1958 film shows the use and impact of fish traps and set nets as part of commercial fishing operations in Clam Gulch, Alaska. The footage was captured originally on 16mm film by Rubin R. Tikka, and later donated to WWU's Center for Pacific Northwest Studies.


The history of fish, fishing and the use of commercial fish traps in the Pacific Northwest is surrounded by conflict and controversy. Use of fish traps or other "fixed appliances for catching salmon and other fish" was banned in Washington State in 1935 following voter passage of Initiative 77 the previous year. Fish traps were not outlawed in Alaska until Alaskan statehood (1959) - very shortly after this footage was captured.

Western Libraries' Heritage Resources programs offer a wide range of archival and other resources about fish and fishing. These include materials documenting commercial fisheries, Native American fishing and treaty rights, and fly fishing. See this Research Guide or Contact CPNWS or Special Collections for additional information.


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