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Getting Started at the WMU Libraries

This guide introduces you to the buildings, services, research support available through the WMU Libraries.

Library Search

Library Search 

  • Use Library Search to find books and article. 
  • You can get the books yourself or have the held or shipped to you. 
  • Your Bronco ID card  is your library card. You will need your Bronco Id card to print as well. 
  • You can borrow up to100 items
  • Loan periods are typically until the end of the current semester.
  • You can renew materials online through your account in Library Search 
  • See Checking out and renewing  items from WMU for more information 

Different ways to browse

Different ways to find information

We've already mentioned Library Search. But you can also do some really focused browsing by using one of the hundreds of resources. For example, you can browse by

Get research help

Get help

No matter how big or small the question, there are many ways you can get help from the libraries.  

Work with a librarian

You can  always stop by Waldo or Zhang for help. If you can't make it in, you can still get help, no matter how big or small the question. 

Refer to one of the many research, how to, or class guides

  • created by subject librarians
  • bring together the best databases and search strategies for a particular subject area or class. 
  • accessible 24/7
  • APA, MLA and Chicago Citation guides 

Tutorials, Workshops and Events

  • Sign up for events and workshops
  • Many of our workshops are designated for credit towards the Signature Pathways. Check out the listings through Experience WM
  • Information Literacy Microcourse
    • available to all students for free in e-learning.

More ways to connect

Organizing your research projects

Organizing Research Projects 

Manage research projects by creating a plan. This sample checklist shows you how to break down tasks over time. Work backwards from the due date and create a timeline and target for what you want to accomplish and when. 

Write a Project Summary 

For each class, review the syllabus and write a research project summary. This will help you organize the scope and requirements for the research project. 


Create a Research Project Timeline



After doing a research project summary, you can create timelines for reach research project. Take a look at this sample research timeline. Work backwards from the final due date and other important project deadlines. 



Target dates

   Research tasks

    Get help

Final paper due!

  • April 22

  • Submit your final project

  • Relax!


1-3 days before

  • April 18-21
  • Edit and proofread your paper
  • Double-check the requirements


1 week before

  • April 11-18
  • Continue to revise your project
  • Verify references and citations


Draft due!

  • April 8

  • Draft Due!
  • Double-check requirements


2 weeks before

  • April 3-7
  • Work on your rough draft
  • Appropriately incorporate and cite paraphrased ideas and quotes
  • Do more research if you do not have enough supporting documentation


2-3 weeks before

  • March 18- April 2
  • Develop an outline
  • Find, read, and evaluate your secondary sources


3- 4 weeks before

  • March 3-17
  • Finalize your research focus
  • Do some initial, background research


Semester Starts

  • January 7
  • Check the syllabus for important project dates
  • Complete a research project summary and create a timeline