- Copyright & IP @ Whitman
This guide is intended to serve as a starting point for research on topics concerning intellectual property rights and responsibilities. Broadly defined:
- Copyrights protect an original artistic or literary work
- Patents protect inventions
- Trademarks protect brand names and logos used on goods and services
- Data Resources
Information on finding, using, citing, and managing data
- Citation Styles and Tools
- How to Find Books on the Shelves
An explainer on how Library of Congress Classification works and where you will find specific call numbers in Penrose
- Finding and Using Images
- Open Access
Information and resources for scholarly communication, open education resources, and open data
- Primary Sources
Where you can find newspapers, magazines, digitized archival collections, and other primary sources.
- US Government Documents
How to access government documents and navigate our own stacks.
- Walla Walla and Local History Guide
Guide to resources at Penrose and beyond to help with local history and genealogy needs
- Resources for Alumni
Resources for Whitman alums seeking access to library materials
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Penrose Library and the Whitman College and Northwest Archives want to help you share your Undergraduate Conference research with the Whitman community and beyond!
We think of the Whitman Undergraduate Conference collection in ARMINDA as conference proceedings. This means that we collect the materials you used for your presentation (slides, poster, text of your presentation), but not related research materials such as a thesis or a term paper that you drew from for your presentation. Making your work publicly available on ARMINDA gives you a showcase for future employers or graduate programs, as well as family and friends. It also can inspire prospective and current students by demonstrating the kinds of research that Whitman supports. Whitman as an institution also benefits from having more complete records of its undergraduate research.
We recommend that you submit your materials in PDF/A format so that your work remains uniformly accessible across different platforms (Mac vs. PC) for a longer period of time. It is always important to check that your formatting has not changed when you convert from one file type to another, so when you save to PDF, do double-check that everything looks correct — especially figures and formulas. We have documentation on saving your files as PDF/A. If you have other supporting materials, the ARMINDA author FAQ has information on what file formats we can support. Please contact Amy Blau if you have other questions about file formats for submission to ARMINDA.
Please also bear in mind that compliance with copyright law is very important when you are sharing your work publicly. Respecting the intellectual property rights of others is part of the Whitman College Copyright Policy. If you are reproducing copyrighted works (images, texts, music, etc.) in your presentation, paper, or poster, you need to either have permission from the copyright owner to share, or to determine whether you can claim fair use of that material. Please refer to our materials on determining fair use. For stock images, consider using materials with a Creative Commons license, which gives you permission to use them in various ways. Penrose librarians are happy to consult with you about any questions you may have on copyright.
The final very important thing to know about submitting your WUC work to ARMINDA is that we require a non-exclusive distribution license signed by both you and your faculty sponsor (if there is more than one author/presenter, all of you should sign). This is the same license we require for honors theses — it officially grants us your permission to make your work available online, and we can’t publish your material in ARMINDA without it. You have two options for sharing your work — either with the entire world via the Internet, or with current Whitman students, faculty, and staff. Choosing worldwide open access means that you will have access to your work on the library website after you graduate, as will anyone who searches for it. There can also be good reasons to limit access of your work to the Whitman community (for example, if you or your advisor plan to publish the work in another form, or if you have privacy concerns). Just be sure that you, any coauthors, and your faculty sponsor all agree on the level of access that is appropriate. You will need to print this form, fill it out, get all relevant signatures, and turn it in to Amy Blau (in Penrose 217) or to the Library Administrative Assistant Kathleen Hutchison (in Penrose 213).
To submit your work, please fill out the WUC submission form and attach your files, and bring your signed distribution license to the library office before May 1, 2020. Please contact Amy Blau with any questions about submitting your WUC project to share in ARMINDA.
Check out Penrose’s newest collection – board games!
Games circulate for 6 days and can be checked out at the circulation desk. Gather some friends and start playing.
The catalog, which is accessible via Sherlock, will help you find materials in Penrose, including links to eBooks and eJournals.
Search Summit via the dropdown menu in Sherlock to find resources at other libraries and have them sent here. Find out more about using Summit and Interlibrary Loan.
Find materials your instructor has put on reserve. You can look up course materials by course name or number or by your instructor’s name.
Find scholarly articles by searching our databases and online journals.
The Whitman College and Northwest Archives holds rare books, historical manuscripts related to the Walla Walla region, and records related to the college.
Librarians can help you decide on paper topics, narrow your topic to a reasonable size, and locate the right materials for your research. They can help you with many aspects of your research, such as finding information resources in print and online, planning a research strategy, and designing catalog and database searches.
You’re welcome to drop in or to make an appointment for a research consultation using the following form.