RWS - Resources

Take a look at our online learning resources!
commas
For a tiny little punctuation mark, commas have a LOT of rules. This video talks about three of them.
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
proofreading
Check out these three proofreading tips to help you polish your academic, professional, or creative writing.
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
Analyzing Your Assignment
This video will show you some strategies on how to decipher even the most bewildering assignment description.
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
APA 7th edition for business sources
Here's how you cite your business sources in the latest edition of APA.
Strategies: Research
Type: Document Jul 8, 2020
APA citation
APA Quick Guide
Strategies: Citation
Type: Document Sep 25, 2019
Apostrophes
Not sure if you should use "its" or "it's?" "They're" or "there?" "Student's" or "Students'?" Don't worry-- we can help!
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Video Feb 28, 2020
Brainstorming ideas
Here are some brainstorming strategies you can use to help generate topic ideas for your research and writing project.
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
Bricks & Mortar
Feeling like parts of your paper are a bit wordy? Using the bricks and mortar strategy will help you write more concisely.
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
Choose a Topic
Before you get started on your research & writing project, you probably need to pick something to research and write about. Here's a process that might help you out!
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
Research Posters
Check out these three short videos on how to make an effective and engaging research poster.
Type: Video Apr 21, 2020
Crummy Titles
From crummy to yummy
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Interactive Module Sep 25, 2019
Draft an Inquiry Question
Check out this video to help you solidify the central question you're exploring in your paper or project.
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
A woman writing a paper
Not sure if your thesis statement is working? Take a look at this video to find tips on how to make a strong, effective thesis statement.
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Video Jan 29, 2020
get creative
Need to be creative but not in the mood? Take a look at these tips to help you get in a new headspace.
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
How to Find a Book
New to Western Libraries? Check out this video to help you find books.
Strategies: Research
Type: Video Jan 29, 2020
WWU faculty can submit purchase requests in ILLiad-- here's how!
WWU faculty can submit purchase requests in ILLiad-- here's how!
Strategies: Research
Type: Video Apr 16, 2020
Identify Sub-Questions
Sub-questions are specific questions about your topic that help you answer your main question. Find out how to identify sub-questions so that you can streamline your research.
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
instruction presentation
Western Libraries continues to offer all our services equivalently online
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Type: Document Apr 22, 2020
Message from Western Libraries
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Type: Video Apr 22, 2020
MLA Citation
MLA Quick Guide
Strategies: Citation
Type: Document Sep 25, 2019
paper too long
Are you way over your required word count or page limit? Use these strategies to help you slim down your writing project.
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
Research Posters
This slideshow shows you how to create an effective and engaging research poster.
Type: Slides Apr 20, 2020
Searching Databases at Western Libraries
Learn how to find the research you need from Western Libraries' databases.
Strategies: Research
Type: Video Apr 17, 2020
Sticky notes part 1
Learn how to use sticky notes (either physical or digital) to organize your essay ideas. Once you're done, you have a rough outline for your paper!
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
Sticky notes part 2
If you already have a draft of your paper, but you're not sure it's well organized, try this Sticky Note Strategy. It'll help you identify main ideas and supporting evidence, and the best places for them.
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
Strategic Reading
Get through the toughest texts more efficiently and effectively.
Strategies: Reading
Type: Slides Sep 25, 2019
Strategic Reading
Want to read faster, understand better, and remember more? It sounds too good to be true, but it's not! Learn to get through the toughest texts more efficiently and effectively.
Strategies: Reading, Research
Type: Slides Aug 10, 2020
Synthesizing Sources
From Reporting to Deep Thinking
Type: Slides Sep 25, 2019
Test Your Question
Once you've figured out your inquiry question, it's time to test it out to make sure it's going to work for you. This video will show you how to do that.
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
Using Google Scholar
Learn how to use Google Scholar to find credible, academic sources for your research and writing projects
Strategies: Research
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019
Using OneSearch from Western Libraries
Find the research or entertainment you need from Western Libraries' search engine, OneSearch.
Strategies: Research
Type: Video Sep 25, 2020
Western Libraries Video Tour
Take a look at what Western Libraries can do for you: Circulation, Tutoring Center, Research & Writing Studio, Map Collection, and much more!
Type: Video Jul 16, 2020
Group Work
Working in a group isn't always easy. Take a look at this series of short videos to gain tips on how to make your group work experience pain-free!
Type: Video Feb 28, 2020
Finding and Using Sources
This workshop helps you find strategies for focusing your search, using databases, evaluating sources, reading tips for academic texts, and how to start drafting.
Strategies: Reading, Research
Type: Video Apr 22, 2020
Writing Cover Letters
Everything you need to know!
Strategies: Writing & Editing
Type: Interactive Module Sep 25, 2019
zotero
Learn how to download and use this powerful (and free!) research management system that allows you to easily create citations and reference pages, organize your sources, and collaborate with others.
Strategies: Citation, Research
Type: Video Sep 25, 2019