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Research Guides

Eastern Washington University Libraries

Library 101 Tutorial

For English 101 Basic information about library research

How Do I...?

…access databases from off-campus?

  • Log in with your NetID username and password. This is the same username/password that you use to log into the computer lab computers, NetStorage, etc. Note that this is not your EagleNET username and PIN.
  • If you don't know what your username/password is, then go to
  • If you have problems, contact tech support at 509-359-2247.

…check out stuff?Circulation Desk

  • Your EagleCard is your library card. Just bring it with you to the Circulation Desk on the Main Level at JFK (or the Second Floor at Riverpoint) to check out most library materials.
  • Go to the JFK Lower Level Services Desk to check out laptops and other equipment. See Equipment Checkout for more information. Spokane Academic Library has some laptops that you may check out.

…find a particular journal, magazine, or newspaper?

Go to Find a Journal, Magazine or Newspaper and type in the name of the source (not the article title). 

…get help with my research?

For personalized consultations, use the Ask a Librarian contact info in the box on the right.


…is the library?

  • The JFK Library is located in the heart of the Cheney campus, on the Quad, in between the Science Building and Williamson Hall. Need a map of the Cheney Campus?
  • The Spokane Academic Library is on the 2nd Floor of  the Academic Center. Need a map of the Riverpoint Campus? Directions to EWU Spokane Campus: From I-90, take the Hamilton St exit and go north on Hamilton, then left on Trent, and take the first right onto Riverpoint Blvd.
  • Library hours

Upper Level seating in JFK…can I study?


In the JFK Library...

Group study room in JFK

  • At study carrels and tables scattered throughout the building
  • In 7 group study rooms on the Lower Level
  • In 5 group study rooms on the Upper Level

In the Spokane Academic Library...

  • At workstations and tables scattered throughout the library
  • In 5 group study rooms on the Upper Level
  • At the nearby café and other public areas of the Academic Center

…are the materials my instructor put on reserve?

  • Books and print articles are on reserve at the JFK Circulation Desk (Main Level) or the Spokane Academic Library Circulation Desk (Second Floor).
  • Videos (DVD and VHS) and CDs on reserve at the JFK Lower Level Service Desk.
  • View a list of reserve materials, including e-reserves, in the EWU Library Catalog by instructor name or course name. Ask your professor for the password to access materials on e-reserves.

…is the fiction shelved?

In the JFK Library...

  • On the Upper Level under the P’sBestsellers & Good Reads on Main Level
  • In the New Books area, next to the Circulation Desk (also under P’s)
  • On the Main Level in the Best Sellers and Good Reads next to Thirsty Minds (just to the left of the main entrance)

The Spokane Academic Library doesn't have much in the way of fiction. But they do have a collection of literary magazines.

Why Use the Library's Resources?

JFK Library on the EWU Cheney CampusEWU Libraries are here to help you in a number of ways!

  • Place to study & for group work
  • Use a computer – to look up information, surf the web, check email, etc. All of the workstations have MS Office on them. Most of the workstations are exactly the same as the computer lab ones -- you’ll have to log in with your NetID. All of Riverpoint’s workstations have MS Office.
  • Checkout equipment – 200 laptops, as well as digital cameras, projectors, etc., courtesy of the tech fee. The laptops have MS Office on them.
  • Read, watch or listen to something that isn’t a textbook – the JFK Library has lots of popular/leisure reading, as well as a large collection of DVDs and CDs
  • Get help – ask a reference librarian anything face-to-face, email or telephone
  • Buy a latte -- at JFK, from the Thirsty Minds espresso bar on the Main Level.
  • And last, but not least. . .

Locate Quality Information

There is more to doing research than what you can find via Google. A lot more! This tutorial is focused on locating, evaluating, and citing articles and books – traditional sources of information that your professors expect you to use in your essays.

Why isn’t all of the information in the library on Google? Because, invariably, quality information costs money. Google is designed to locate what’s available freely on the web.

Can you find articles and books on Google? Yes, some articles and books are freely available, but Google doesn’t organize information by type or quality. It organizes information by keywords, and ranks according to popularity. And popularity does not automatically equal quality. So you end up fishing for jewels in the sea of data.

But if you use the library's online resources you can quickly locate articles and books, or fish for jewels in a jewelry box. They save you time and effort in your quest for quality information.