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The WRT Zone in the UGL is open to students that need help with writing, research or technology

Friday, February 7th, 2014

The doors to the Warrior Writing, Research and Technology Zone, known as the WRT (pronounced “write”) Zone, the new Writing Center and Student Technology Studio (STS) collaborative space, opened last fall, creating a one-stop shop for Wayne State students to get research, writing and technology assistance. Located on the second floor of the David Adamany Undergraduate Library, the new space integrates the current services of both areas and adds a new research assistance component.

Through the combined help of librarians, academic staff and graduate student assistants, the new space offers a myriad of services. The writing and research specialists offer assistance in drafting, revision and documentation as well as aid in finding books, articles and resources, evaluating resources, avoiding plagiarism and much more. The technology side of the collaboration helps in formatting papers and dissertations, assists in creating e-portfolios, video editing, building presentations and the creation and editing of graphics using modern equipment and specialized software. For a full list of services offered, visit:

Find, read and monitor thousands of scholarly journals directly from your iPad with the BrowZine app

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

With the decline of print, databases have become the primary way publishers deliver journals. But databases are designed for searching, not reading. BrowZine works by uniting articles from the Wayne State-owned databases into complete journals, then arranging them by subject on a newsstand. The result is a revolutionary new way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals and articles.

Learn about BrowZine by first watching this video:

What is BrowZine?

BrowZine is a content delivery app designed to bring journal articles to your tablet. Currently it is available for iPad (downloadable through the App store) Google Nexus, Kindle Fire HD and Samsung Galaxy devices running OS 4.0+. BrowZine can be downloaded for those devices from Google Play and Amazon. The app is simple to use and brings back the browsability of a journal, which differs greatly from the experience of accessing electronic content from multiple database interfaces.

How do I access journals?

After downloading the app, users have instant access to a free, no-login required open access library. Complete journals and back issues in a variety of disciplines are available. However, since Wayne State subscribes to BrowZine, you can also access all of the Wayne State Libraries’ paid journal subscriptions. Journals can be placed onto a personalized bookshelf for easy access and, in the near future, notification of new available articles.

Can I browse the available journals?

Yes! Faculty members who enjoyed flipping through paper journals can now digitally recreate that experience by quickly scanning issues via a digital table of contents. Frequently read journals can be placed onto a user’s BrowZine bookshelf, where alerts will tell the user when new content has been added. Users can also save articles to a separate BrowZine shelf for offline reading.

Is it easy to read on a tablet?

BrowZine’s high quality PDFs only take moments to load and users can use the familiar pinch to zoom gesture in order to read or examine the paper closely. BrowZine also allows users to send articles to other apps and social media accounts, includings annotation apps like GoodReader, DropBox for cloud storage and citation trackers like Zotero.

How do I get started?

Download the BrowZine app and log in using your access ID and password. From there, start browsing!


Thursday, January 30th, 2014

In December, the Libraries launched a new tool that allows users to virtually browse the stacks from the comfort of his or her own computer. Stack View is a virtual bookshelf that takes a Library of Congress call number and creates a virtual shelf of items as if as they would appear if one were physically browsing the shelves at the library.

Stack View will be accessible from the library catalog as well as from the Libraries’ App Lab, a page that showcases active projects from the University Libraries’ Web Team.

To check out some of the newest projects, visit the App Lab at

Law Library Fall 2009 Orientation

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Follow this link for details of the Fall 2009 Orientation.

Notice: WSULS is streamlining Interlibrary Loan service in August

Friday, August 21st, 2009

In the next few weeks the Wayne State University Library System will update Interlibrary Loan (WILD), the service you use to obtain articles and books that are not available in library collections. This update makes it easier and more convenient for you to order and receive the documents you need.

Here are some of the changes coming your way soon:

  • Faster article and document delivery turnaround;
  • The convenience of fewer IDs and passwords to remember; your WSU AccessID (the same one that you use to login to Pipeline and e-mail) and your ILL login are the same;
  • Current request history at your fingertips; older transactions are automatically removed;
  • A simple single user interface to login to your account.

What can you do?

  • Contact your ILL department with questions:
    • Purdy/Kresge ILL Office: 313-577-4011
    • Neef Law Library ILL Office: 313-577-6170
    • Shiffman Medical Library ILL Office: 313-577-1100
  • Look for future updates.

NOTE: For faster delivery, our Interlibrary Loan customers are encouraged to use the “Search for article AL,” “Get it@WSU,” or “Link to Full text” buttons found in database results displays as a first step in linking to the full text of articles retrieved from a database search.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is my Username and Password?
Starting in mid-August, all logins to the Interlibrary loan (WILD) system will be set to match your WSU AccessID and password. If your old ILL username and password doesn’t work, please try your WSU AccessID and password, the same one that you’d use to login to Pipeline.

I’m not a WSU student, faculty or Staff member, what should I do?
If you are not affiliated with Wayne State University and would like to borrow resources from us, please click here

What happened to my old request history?
Transaction history will be periodically purged.  Try using a reference manager program such as EndNote (freely available to WSU affiliates) to store citations.

My DOCLINE account login doesn’t match my Interlibrary Loan account, what should I do?
WSU affiliates are encouraged to link to full-text resources available in the libraries by choosing the “Search for ARTICLE AL” button found in PubMed search results displays. If no full text holdings are found, try the “request digital delivery” option at the end of the AL search box. You will receive prompt automated notification of the delivery of your articles when they appear in your library account.

Free Access to Swine Flu Information

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

The best defense against the current outbreak of H1N1 (Swine) Influenza may be to stay informed. The WSU Library System directs your attention to the following free clinical primer on H1N1 Influenza:

Due to the recent global outbreak of Swine Influenza, EBSCO Publishing and the DynaMed Editors have generously made DynaMed’s information about Swine Influenza free to health care providers and institutions. The DynaMed topic on Swine Influenza consolidates information from multiple sources for health care providers to stay current with recommendations for monitoring, diagnosing, and treating patients with flu-like illnesses during this outbreak. DynaMed Editors will continue to monitor information and update this topic as needed throughout this global crisis. Please click on the following link for information regarding Swine Influenza: dynamed/ swineflu/

Remote access problems [resolved]

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Last night and this morning there have been intermittent problems with off campus access to library resources. We are investigating and hope to resolve this problem as quickly as possible.

Update: Fri April 10th 4:48pm
After working with network operations and network security the remote access problem should be resolved. If you still notice any problems, please contact the UGL Helpdesk (313) 577-1154.

Wayne State University Library System Appoints Virginia C. Thomas as Law Library Director

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

On February 1, 2009, the Wayne State University Library System welcomed Virginia C. Thomas as the new director of the Arthur Neef Law Library.

Thomas will join the Library System with over 30 years of experience working in law libraries, most recently as Law Library and Information Technology director at the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she also served as an adjunct law professor. Previously, Thomas held positions at the University of Miami School of Law, Loyola University of Chicago School of Law and the Chicago-Kent College of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology. “Wayne State is widely recognized as a model among urban research institutions,” said Thomas. “I look forward to working in this intellectually vibrant environment and providing information service to the community.”

Thomas received a B.A. in philosophy and German language and literature from DePaul University, an M.B.A. and J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago. She has taught, lectured and coordinated instructional support in law and is currently developing a course in empirical legal research. The author of numerous publications and presentations, Thomas is active in professional and community service activities and organizations.

As the director of the Neef Law Library, Thomas is now responsible for overseeing one of the nation’s 30 largest legal collections. Thomas succeeds Georgia Clark, who retired from Wayne State after serving over 30 years as the director of the Law Library. “We’re very excited to have Virginia Thomas joining the Library System,” said Sandra Yee, dean of the University Library System. “Her experience, enthusiasm and commitment to providing students with the best education and resources possible are going to significantly benefit our Wayne State and community users.”

OneCards Now Accepted for Payment of Library Fines

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Onecards can now be used to pay for library late fees. Onecards are accepted at the circulation desks at the Undergraduate Library, Purdy/Kresge, Science & Engineering Library and the Neef Law Library. The Shiffman Medical Library will also accept Onecards for payment of fines when it reopens in the Spring of 2009 in its new location as part of the Education Commons. Onecards are not accepted at the Oakland Center library facility at this time.

WSU Library System Joins Worldwide Resource Sharing Service

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

The Wayne State University Library System has always engaged in resource sharing with other libraries, such as borrowing books and journal articles through traditional interlibrary loan (ILL) arrangements. During the past year the WSU Library System (WSULS) has been involved with a new partnership with international libraries called ArticleReach Direct.

ArticleReach allows sharing journal articles between each institution quickly and with little library staff intervention allowing you to get your information more directly. It also allows us to deliver articles from journals within the WSULS collections, saving you a trip to the library shelves.

Joining Wayne State University in this project are Michigan State University, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Oregon, Washington State University, Washington University in St. Louis, Georgetown University, Glasgow University (Scotland), and the University of Liverpool (England). The consortium will soon expand to include the University of Queensland (Australia), and the Australian National University. We are excited about the recent addition of the international libraries and the prospect for providing around-the-clock delivery services.

Participating Libraries

These academic libraries have combined their journal collections into one catalog ( to increase availability of each title. Authorized users who cannot locate needed articles online from their own library resources can request digital delivery from one of the print copies located in other member libraries’ collections. Since requests go directly to the lending library instead of being mediated by a person as in traditional interlibrary loan, the request process is faster than ever.

How it Works

When searching for articles, go to and try searching for your article from the Articles and Databases or Online Journals lists and when the search results appear, check for the ArticleLinker icon on the citation.

Clicking the Search for Article icon will display the ArticleLinker web page with options for retrieving your article.

If using Google Scholar, click the “Full-Text @ Wayne State” or “Check Library Holdings” near the citation on your search results page. Either method will initiate a search to locate the cited article online through WSULS databases. If available, a link directly to the article will appear for full-text access.

If there is no immediate electronic access, click the link to “Request Digital Delivery of Article” and your request will be sent. Behind the scenes, someone at one of the partner institutions will scan and deliver the article to the requestor. When article requests are filled, email notices are sent to you with a link to the article, and they are also accessible through your online library accounts at If the request cannot be filled, it will be automatically transferred to the Interlibrary Loan department. Requests transferred to Interlibrary Loan may require extra time to process.

ArticleReach makes getting an article is as simple as saying, “I want it!” Users don’t have to search multiple libraries or databases because they can find what they need in one place. ArticleReach also brings requesting to where patrons need it providing access from online databases through the ArticleLinker (link resolver) service, union catalog, or your library’s online request form ( You may then monitor the article’s delivery status in your online library account or just wait for an email notification.

ArticleReach Usage Statistics

Since the start of the beta rollout of ArticleReach in early 2007 over 11,000 articles have been delivered to WSU students, faculty, and staff from participating libraries, and 6200 articles were scanned and delivered from Wayne State Library journals. WSU Graduate students are the heaviest ArticleReach users (9208 filled requests), followed by WSU Faculty (6561), WSU Undergraduates (2494), and WSU Staff (297). The average turn-around time has been less than 30 hours and approximately 70% of all requests have been filled by ArticleReach libraries, with the remaining 30% transferred to traditional Interlibrary Loan.