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Using the Libraries

WMU Libraries Resource Guide for CELCIS Students

Bronco Card

You will always need your BroncoCard to borrow books from the library 

Borrowing Books

  • You can borrow up to 100 books at a time. 
  • You can typically borrow a book for the semester. 


There are no fees for late books, only lost 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. 


Search for specific undergraduate textbooks. You can borrow a textbook for 2 hours. You cannot take the book out of the library. 


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.