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Brian Coutts gave Best Reference 2015 seminar

Dr. Coutts Best Reference 2015

Brian Coutts delivering Best Reference 2015 seminar

Brian Coutts gave his “Best Reference” seminar on Friday, May 13 at 10:00 a.m. in Helm 5. Best Reference is an annual selection he makes for Library Journal,  the nation’s oldest and leading library trade journals.  The article appears in the March 1, 2016 issue in both print and online.  This year’s list included 31  titles from 20 different publishers, including 10 university presses and some small publishing houses.  This is the 30th consecutive year Brian has been involved with this project either as a consultant, coauthor or author.  A reception followed with cake and coffee.

Best Reference 2015 seminar

Best Reference 2015 seminar


Cake at the reception

Cake and Coffee Served at the Reception

Best Reference 2015 flyer

Best Reference 2015 flyer

Photo Album

Best Reference Article

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New Database Subscriptions

WKU Libraries now has three new databases: Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature 1890-1982, Education Index 1929-1983, and HeinOnline.

The Reader’s Guide Retrospective contains all information from the printed Readers’ Guides from 1890 to 1982, indexing over 375 magazines and journals. Subject headings have been updated with modern terminology, although the original subject headings are also available.

The Education Index Retrospective 1929-1983 contains cover-to-cover indexing of over 800 periodicals and yearbooks in the field of education.

HeinOnline contains full-page images for all issues of over 1,200 legal journals, cases from the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Attorney General Opinions, and English Reports Full Reprint (1694-1867). Also contains all issues of the Federal Register, Code of Federal Regulations, and U.S. Statutes at Large. HeinOnline also contains all issues of the Congressional Record (1873 to present), the Annals of Congress (1789-1924), Register of Debates (1824-1837), and Congressional Globe (1833-1873). Many sources for international law, United Nations, and treaty research are included, and the database contains a large number of full E-Book reprints of classic and historic legal books.

To access these databases, go to and click the link for databases. If you are off-campus, log in with your WKU email username and password.


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Suggestion Box

Ask the Library questions or make suggestions.
A Student suggests having bags available for patrons who check out multiple books.

Dan Forrest, Coordinator of Access Services replied:
There are plastic bags available at checkout desks on both the 2nds floor and 4th floor of Cravens library.

Another student suggested adding background music in VPAL
Therese Baker, Coordinator of the Visual and Performing Arts Library replied:

Consistent with policy ion the rest of the Helm-Cravens Library, a quiet atmosphere is maintained in the VPAL for those who wish to read and study without distractions. Students, staff and faculty who wish to listen to music my checkout earphones (VPAL use only) at the VPAL Circulation Desk and listen to music in the Lila Greene Listening Library area. Soon there also will be two private listening rooms available in VPAL.

Another student commented :
“I’ve been a student , undergrad and grad, since 1969 and this is the BEST most helpful library staff EVER! I enjoy the Display books in Reference, it is very nice. Thanks!”

Brian Coutts, Head of DLPS replied :
Thank you for your kind words about our staff and collections.


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Virtual Reference Service

Need help? Got a ? We can help! WILLS
WILLS (Western’s Interactive Live Library Service) allows you to obtain help from a trained reference specialist via Live Chat or E-Mail. WILLS is available Monday – Thursday, 6-10 p.m. Central time. (Holiday & Interim hours vary.)

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If there is something you want to know: what library services we can offer you, questions about research, and anything at all. We’re here to make your university experience the best it can be. So be in touch.

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Consult a Librarian: One-on-One

Schedule an appointment with a librarian! To start research on your paper or project, sit down with one of the library faculty. Here’s a list of librarians by their Subject Specialty.

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