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OWHLguide for International Students : Welcome

This guides intends to offer new int'l students a one-stop place for the most relevant resources and services both at OWH Library and on the campus.

OWHL Welcomes You!

Welcome to the OWH Library!

Welcome in World Languages:


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Persian/Dari     خوش آمدید
Miss yours?  Let me know it and I will be happy to add it to this list. To learn more, please check out the Oxford Languages Dictonaries.

In front of the OWHL, Photo by Sharon Pei

10 Tops Things You Should Know About OWHL Library

1. Libraries collect, organize, and preserve information.  Today, libraries hold books, newspapers, magazines, journals, microfilm, government documents, and audiobooks, as well as other electronic and Web-based information. PA's OWH Library even has laptops and iPods!


2. Not everything is on the Internet! Most current material is copyrighted and not freely available through search engines like Google. Libraries are essential for scholarly academic research.


3. Libraries collect materials that support their communities: public libraries have fiction, gardening, local history, and crafts resources; OWH Library has history, biology, English, and other materials that support the PA curriculum. 


4. Your student ID card is your library card: students can take out DVDs for 3 days at a time and books for 3 weeks at a time.  You can also borrow materials from a number of area libraries using a NOBLE pin number available at the Circulation Desk. But be wary of fines!  Return borrowed items on time.


5. Library books can be shelved in a variety of ways. At OWHL, books are shelved according to the Dewey Decimal system. College and academic libraries are shelved according to the Library of Congress Classification system. The numbers look different but the process of using them to find books on the shelves is the same.


6.  Libraries organize material by subject: similar items are shelved next to each other for convenient browsing. 


7. Libraries today allow you to research from home! E-books, business and statistical information, and periodical information, such as newspapers, magazines, and journal articles, can often be read online through the OWH Library’s subscription databases (Electronic Resources A-Z List). 


8.  Even library resources need careful evaluation: check for authority, accuracy, objectivity, currency, and coverage. Not every resource is appropriate for every project. 


9. Need to take out books, borrow a laptop, locate reserve material, or return things?  The Circulation Desk can help you check out items, return things, and pay overdue fines. 


10. Need research help? The Help Desk can help you find materials on the shelves, in subscription databases, or in libraries across the world. At PA, stop by, email or call the Help Desk at x 4238.