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Using the Libraries

WMU Libraries Resource Guide for CELCIS Students

You will need a mask, your BroncoID and your symptom checker in order to enter Waldo Library during Spring semester 2021. 

Please visit the Spring 2021 Updates page for current information regarding the library. 

Borrowing Books
  • You can borrow up to 100 books at a time. 
  • You can typically borrow a book for the semester. 
  • You will need your id to check out books. 
Off Campus
  • You can access our resources (like articles, databases, e-booksf) off campus by logging in with your BroncoNet ID username and password. 


Library Vocabulary

Words you might encounter when using WMU Libraries 


  • A summary of an article, found at the begriming of the article.


  • The entrance of Waldo Library has an atrium, a room with a dome-shaped, high ceiling with glass


  • A list of citations that identifies the sources of information used for a paper.   

Call Number

Check out or Borrow a book

  • You can use your Bronco Card to take a book out of the library for a period of time. 


  • Identifies all of the critical information of a source including  title, author, place of publication, date of publication. 
  • Often found at the end of a book or article. 

Course Reserves

  • Materials that are placed on hold by professors at the User Services Desk in the Atrium.


  • An online collection of articles and abstracts. 

Due Date

  • The date when you need to return an item to the library. 


  • The complete article online as opposed to just the abstract. It may be a .pdf or an html. 

Graded Reader

  • List of easy reader books for learners of English. 

Holding Record

  • Detailed information listed about a particular item at the library. Identifies number of copies, etc... 


  •  A searchable list of articles or books that are arranged by subject.
  • A list found at the back of a book that lists the topics that are covered in the book.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

  • Service to get  items from other libraries if WMU does not own it. 


  • A journal is an academic publication that contains articles. It usually comes out monthly or quarterly. 
  • Can also be called a periodical or serial.


  • Words you use to search for articles


  • Another word for book." Mono" the prefix meaning one, indicates that it has one publication and is not a serial or periodical.

Peer-reviewed article

  • Scholarly articles that experts evaluate information for quality and validity before it is published
  • This is not just checking for errors in grammar ad spelling.


  • A publication (magazine or journal) that comes out on a regular basis such as weekly, monthly, or quarterly (…periodically… )

Primary Source

  • An original source of information produced at the time of an event, such as an interview, sound recording, diary, or photograph.

Scholarly article

  • Written by a researcher or expert in the field, often affiliated with a college or university. 
  • Includes footnotes and/or a bibliography and may include graphs or charts as illustrations.


  • Bookshelves. The floor plans to see where you can locate a particular call number.

Subject Headings

  • Established words or phrases for a subject.


  • A collection of journal issues, usually by year is called a volume.