Honors Thesis Guidelines
Don’t forget to read the Honors Thesis Guidelines. These guidelines, specific to those writing honors theses, will tell you everything you need to know about formatting and submitting your thesis. Also see our Senior Thesis Guide for an overview of the thesis process and detailed links to library resources for all thesis writers.
Choosing a Topic
Reference Librarians and thesis advisors can be invaluable resources as you prepare to write your thesis. The key to making thesis writing a relatively painless process lies in planning ahead. Come talk to a librarian early on. We can help you choose a topic, narrow your topic to a more reasonable size, locate resources both here at Whitman and in other libraries, and plan the research process so it all runs smoothly. Contact the reference department as soon as you can to set up a research consultation.
Start your research early, and plan ahead. The University of Minnesota has a useful Assignment Calculator that will help you manage time constraints
Sometimes choosing a topic can seem like the most difficult part of the whole process. Looking at other theses can give you some ideas about scope, arrangement, and depth of projects that qualify for Honors, and can really help you narrow your ideas to something you can research. You can find previous theses in Sherlock.
Penrose Library contains a wealth of material that will be useful to you as your research your thesis topic, but finding exactly what you need can be daunting. We can help you search databases, indexes, and catalogs to find books, government documents, bibliographies, articles, and more. We can even help you locate resources held in other libraries.
When looking for books and collections, begin with resources available in Sherlock. For many topics, Penrose Library will have a sufficient amount of material. Having trouble finding books in the library? Check out our guide to Finding Books on the Shelves.
We also subscribe to many electronic databases specific to various disciplines. If you’re not sure which database will be best for your topic, or if you need help searching, come by the reference desk or make an appointment with a librarian.
All seniors working on theses are entitled to additional library privileges:
- Semester-long checkout of Penrose Library books. This does not extend to books borrowed via Summit or interlibrary loan.
- Semester-long use of a locker in the library, renewable in December for spring semester—Very handy if you don’t want to carry three dozen books around with you all the time. (Please make sure all the books in your locker are actually checked out to you.)
To apply for a locker and semester-long check out rights, please fill out our Senior Privileges form (PDF).
Borrow & Request
Penrose Library extends borrowing privileges to all Whitman College students, faculty, and staff members. Although the Library’s primary commitment is to members of the Whitman community, certain library privileges are available to visiting scholars, local high school students, and members of the general public.
A valid Whitman ID or Penrose Library card is required to borrow materials from Penrose Library. ID cards are not transferable and may not be used by anyone other than the person to whom they were issued. A valid ID or library card must be presented every time materials are borrowed.
Cards must be validated for use at the Penrose Library Circulation Desk before they can be used. Any questions or concerns about ID or Library cards should be directed to the Circulation desk (509-527-5192).
Library users assume responsibility for notifying the Library of change of address, loss or theft of ID or library cards, and loss or theft of library materials they have borrowed. Library users also accept responsibility for materials borrowed on their ID card and for returning the materials to the Library by the due date.
Students, Faculty, and Staff will be issued a Whitman ID through the Human Resources Office and Campus Security. Alumni Borrowers are issued ID cards through the Alumni Office & Campus Security. Community Borrowers may purchase a library card at the Circulation Desk. Cards will be issued upon completion of an application form, presentation of photo ID, and payment of appropriate fees. Community members under the age of 18 must have a parent present to be issued a card. Please see our Community Borrowing page for more information.
Loan periods differ by patron type.
Students can borrow books for six weeks and DVDs and videos for six days. Senior thesis students can borrow books for up to one semester.
Faculty can borrow books for the duration of one year, due at the end of the spring semester. DVDs and videos can be borrowed for seven days.
Staff can borrow books for six weeks and DVDs and videos for six days. Staff cannot check out items that have been placed on Reserve for a course.
Alumni can borrow books for six weeks and DVDs and videos for six days. Alumni cannot check out items that have been placed on Reserve for a course. Summit and Interlibrary Loan borrowing are not available to Alumni.
Community Members can borrow books for six weeks and DVDs and videos for six days. Community members cannot check out items that have been placed on Reserve for a course. Summit and Interlibrary Loan borrowing are not available to Community members.
Students can borrow up to 100 items at a time.
Faculty have no limit on the number of items that can be borrowed.
Staff can borrow up to 15 items at a time.
Alumni can borrow up to 15 items at a time.
Community members can borrow up to 5 items at a time.
To view a full list of library materials checked out to you, verify due dates, or check fines, log into your library account.
The Whitman College Library lending periods are intended to allow scholars convenient long-term use of library materials. In order to assure reasonable access to the library’s collections for all users, the Library offers several resopnses to the competition for materials. Items known to be in heavy demand, especially for course assignments, should be placed on Reserve. Items on reserve have shorter loan periods, allowing wider access to materials.
If there is heavy demand for a title, please feel free to suggest that the Library acquire additional copies.
If you need an item that is checked out, you may recall the item using the Request Item button in the Penrose catalog. The current borrower is required to return the item within a short period.
Notification of Recall
Borrowers will be notified immediately by email that the item they have checked out has been recalled. The item must be returned by the date specified in the recall notification, usually within five days of the receiving notice. Items needed for Reserve will be recalled immediately.
Borrowers will not receive recall notices for one week from the time of original check-out.
Failure to return a recalled item by the specified due date will result in a $5.00 per day fine. Fines will accumulate until the replacement cost of the item has been reached, or the item is returned.
Renewals are no longer available for students, alumni, staff and community members. To match the loan rules of Summit, as of Summer 2014, the loan period for books has been increased to 6 weeks with no renewals. Please contact Access Services at 509-527-5192 or [email protected] with questions.
Faculty may renew Whitman books twice, but books must be returned at the end of the spring semester after the third year from original checkout. While faculty may renew books for up to three years, the Library must balance the need for researchers’ long-term use of library materials against our need to periodically review the condition of materials. We strongly encourage their return for use by others.
Overdue Fines and Replacement Fees
All overdue items are subject to fines, which vary according to materials type.
- Books are subject to a $0.25 per day fine.
- DVDs and videos are subject to a $1.00 per day fine.
- Hourly reserves are subject to a $0.25 per hour fine.
- Daily reserves are subject to a $1.00 per day fine.
- Recalled items are subject to a $5.00 per day fine.
- Summit and ILL materials are subject to a $0.50 per day fine for the first 10 days; $1.00 per day for the next 15 days; $30 maximum fine.
Faculty are not charged general overdue fines for materials held by Penrose Library. However, all faculty are subject to recall overdue fines as well as overdue fines for Summit & Interlibrary loan materials.
If a Penrose item is lost or stolen, the minimum Item Replacement Fee is $75.00 or the actual price of the item, if greater. An additional, non-refundable $15.00 processing fee per item is charged.
Summit and Interlibrary Loan materials which are lost or stolen incur a minimum of $110 per item replacement fee, or the actual price of the item, if greater.
Suspension of Circulation Privileges
Library privileges will be suspended when your library account accrues $20.00 or more in fines, until partial or complete payment is made. Please pay all fines at the Penrose Circulation Desk. (Outstanding charges on student accounts will be transferred to your college bill at the end of each semester. Faculty are not subject to suspension.)
Replacement items that are charged to your library account will block your ability to borrow Summit and Interlibrary Loan materials.
The immediate return of billed items will clear the replacement charge. when returning a billed item, please speak with the Circulation Supervisor to make certain that the charge has been cleared from your Library account. Refunds will not be issued if the book has been lost for more than one year.
Please direct questions about replacement costs and billing to the Access Services Manager.
Confidentiality of Circulation Records
Penrose Library is committed to the protection of the privacy rights of all of its students, faculty, staff, and other library users. In compliance with Washington State R.C.W. 42.17.310(1), the Washington State Public Disclosure Act, and in accordance with the American Library Association policy on the “Confidentiality of Library Records,” all library records are considered to be confidential transactions. Library staff will not release the name of any person to whom an item is currently charged, nor will they release past circulation records (including Interlibrary Loans) except pursuant to court order, search warrant, or subpoena. Requests for confidential circulation records from a federal, state, or local law enforcement agency should be referred to the College Librarian.
Summit and ILL
Using Summit and Interlibrary Loan
If we don’t have what you need at Penrose, you can borrow most materials from Summit or Interlibrary Loan (ILL). Keep in mind that borrowing from other libraries takes time, and will require that you plan ahead.
Requesting from Summit
You can request Summit items directly from within Sherlock using the Summit request link.
- Summit materials take between 5 and 7 days to arrive.
- Most Summit materials circulate for 6 weeks with no renewals.
- Summit DVDs and Videos circulate for 6 days with no renewals.
- Patrons with fines in excess of $20 cannot borrow from Summit.
- Summit is available only for current students, faculty, and staff.
- Items available at Penrose cannot be borrowed from Summit.
- When your item has arrived, it will be held for 5 days before being sent back to the lending library.
- Overdue Summit items will be charged $0.50 per day for the first 10 days, and $1 per day for the next 15 days. The maximum fine is $30 per item.
- If a book is lost or not returned, you will be charged a fee of $110 (or more, if the replacement cost is higher than average).
Requesting from Interlibrary Loan (ILL)
If the item you want isn’t available from a Summit library, you’ll need to request it from Interlibrary Loan. You can request items from ILL through the Sherlock, or by searching WorldCat; just look for the button that says “Request from Interlibrary Loan”.
Journal articles are not available through Summit, and must be obtained from ILL. You can request journal articles not available at Penrose directly from the database you’re searching, by clicking the “ILLiad Interlibrary Loan link” for articles.
Log in with your Whitman username and email password.The item information will be filled out in the ILL form for you. Just verify the information is correct and submit your request.
Materials such as books and DVDs can be loaned in their original format. Articles in journals or on microfilm will be photocopied or sent electronically.
The time it takes to receive ILL materials can vary widely, so be sure to plan ahead if you think you’ll need to borrow from ILL. Some articles may arrive in just a few days, but other materials may take up to six weeks.
Access Services handles all requests for Whitman faculty, staff and students at no charge. Any requests can be made online and picked up at the Whitman Circulation desk.
ILL items circulate to all patrons for 6 weeks with no renewals. Occasionally, restrictions on photocopying or use outside of Penrose may exist.Older and archival materials, reference materials, original newspapers and journals, and theses and dissertations are frequently unavailable. Some materials may also be unavailable due to copyright restrictions.
Borrowing Laptops and other Equipment
Laptops are available for student check-out through the WCTS staffed Technology Support Desk in the Library. These computers are available for four-hour use within the Library only and are checked-out on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please see the WCTS Library Computer Facilities page.
Students requiring media equipment to support technology-intensive work should contact WCTS.
Technology Support Desk Hours:
Over 40 computers are located in carrels throughout the Library and are available for student use. All are on the campus network, and have access to Library and internet resources, as well as to high-speed printing. Additionally, Penrose Library offers wireless network access throughout the building. Four public access kiosk machines are available for searching the Library’s catalog, brief web browsing, or email. These workstations have a 15 minute time limit. For additional information, please see the WCTS Library Computer Facilities page.
A walk-up color scanning station is available on the second floor of the library. The scanner has a 17”X24” scan area and allows scans to be saved as multiple file types including .jpg, .txt and .pdf. Scans can be saved to a USB flash drive or sent via email. There is no charge to scan materials.
Penrose has three black and white copiers on the Main Floor. Students are encouraged to purchase copy cards from the Circulation Desk in increments of $2 and $5. Double-sided copying is encouraged. Copies cost 5 cents per printed side. A color copier may be found in the Instructional Media Services Department in Hunter Conservatory.
High-speed printers are available on each floor of Penrose Library. Printed pages are 5 cents each for one-sided black and white pages, or 10 cents for two-sided (duplex) sheets. Printers default to double-sided printing.
Fax service is available for students at the Penrose Circulation Desk. Charges for a domestic fax are $1 for the first page and 50 cents for each subsequent page. Faxes which are sent to international locations are charged at a rate of $5 for the first page and $1 for each subsequent page.
Study Rooms, Supplies, & Lockers
Group Study and Media Rooms
Penrose Library has eight large group study rooms available for groups of two or more students to use on a first-come, first-served basis. Three media viewing rooms for individual students are also available. Keys for the rooms may be checked out at the Circulation Desk for a three-hour time period, and may be renewed once, provided no one else is waiting to use the room.
A limited number of supplies may be purchased at the Circulation Desk. These include laptop locks, headphones, thumb drives, and blank CD/DVDs. Please inquire at the desk.
Penrose Library has 164 lockers available to Whitman College seniors who are writing a thesis. The lockers are located on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floors and are assigned throughout the year according to need. To receive a key, the student must come to the Circulation Desk and present a Whitman College ID and a signed Senior Privileges Form to a Circulation Supervisor.
Failure to comply with the locker policy may result in the loss of locker privileges.
- Library books must be checked out to a student or they will be removed.
- No food, beverages, alcohol, or illegal substances may be kept in lockers.
- Lockers are subject to periodic inspections by Library staff.
- Library journals, reference books, or other restricted library materials may not be retained in lockers. If any of these materials are found in the lockers, they will be removed and returned to the collection.
- Students who do not return the key by the due date will be fined. A $31 replacement fee will be charged if the key is lost or stolen.
Information for faculty
Please refer to the Faculty Services page.
Whitman College uses a proxy server to provide access to materials for which we pay subscription fees. To use Whitman resources from off campus, you should access them from the library website. You will be automatically sent to a log in screen: Use your Whitman email username and password to log in.
To report problems accessing resources from off campus, please contact the Systems Librarian.
Community Library Use
Penrose Library makes certain resources available to visiting scholars, local high school students, and members of the community. In order to borrow from Penrose Library, you must have a valid Penrose Library Community Borrowing card.
Library cards may be purchased at the Penrose Library Circulation Desk. Cards will be issued upon completion of an application form, presentation of photo ID, and payment of appropriate fees. Community members under the age of 18 must have a parent present to be issued a card. Any questions or concerns about Library ID cards or general circulation issues should be directed to Access Services at [email protected] or 509-527-5192.
Library users assume responsibility for notifying the Library of change of address, loss or theft of Library ID card, and loss or theft of library materials they have borrowed. Library users also accept responsibility for materials borrowed on their ID card and for returning materials to the Library by the due date.
Community Borrowing Rates – Annual Fees
- Area high school students: $10 (Under 18 must be accompanied by a parent)
- Area elementary and high school teachers: $25
- Walla Walla Community College students and faculty: $25
- Walla Walla University students and faculty: reciprocal borrowing agreement (valid ID required)
- Members of the general public: $45
- Orbis Cascade Alliance & NAPCU libraries – reciprocal borrowing agreement (valid ID required)
- Spouses/partners/family members of Whitman employees – no charge
Summit and Interlibrary Loan borrowing are not available to Community Borrowing members of Penrose. Community members may check out up to five items at a time. Library privileges will be suspended for any patron accruing $5 or more in fines, until partial or complete payment is made. Please pay all fines at the Penrose Circulation Desk.
Notifications of recalls, fines and bills will be by e-mail whenever an e-mail address is available; otherwise United States Postal Service will be used. It is the responsibility of the borrower to ensure the library information on file concerning addresses and phone numbers is current and accurate.
Library Use Policy
Penrose Library is committed to maintaining collections that exist as common resources to be shared, preserved, and respected in a manner guaranteeing protection for future users. The ethical use of library materials involves acceptance of this principle and appropriate conduct regarding library collections. We are committed to providing a space for the Whitman community to study, collaborate, and research.
- Food and beverages must be covered and kept in spill-proof containers.
- Smoking or the use of tobacco is not permitted in Penrose Library.
- The Allen Reading Room is designated as a quiet study area in the library. Please be courteous of other library visitors who prefer to work in a quiet area.
Circulation and Access Policies
Please see our Borrow & Request section for information how to borrow materials, loan periods, fines, and other borrowing policies.
Inappropriate Use of Library Materials
Inappropriate use includes, but is not limited to:
- Writing upon, defacing, tearing, cutting, mutilating, or destroying books or other library property
- The willful concealment of a book or other library property on one’s person or among one’s belongings while attempting to leave, or leaving the premises of the Library without formal borrowing through the Circulation Desk
- The willful concealment of a book or other Library property within the Library
- The willful removal of a book or other Library property in contravention to Library regulations
- The intentional alteration or destruction of library ownership records
Engaging in inappropriate use of materials will jeopardize library borrowing privileges.
Penrose Library subscribes to hundreds of journals and databases. Many articles are available in full-text online.
Are you writing a thesis this year? You can find all the help you need at Penrose Library.
We have guides and tips to help you learn to format your research papers and cite sources correctly.
We’ve put together some great resources to help you navigate copyright in your academic and personal life, including fair use analysis tools and sample copyright request forms.
Find troubleshooting tips and contact information for accessing electronic resources off campus.
Our Librarians are available to assist you with research topics, projects, and papers Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. Drop-in visits are welcome too!
Penrose Library: An Educational Partner
Penrose Library serves as a bridge between the Whitman College community—students, faculty, administration, and staff—and the information resources that promote teaching, research and learning. The library’s mission is to provide access to a diverse collection of resources to support faculty and student research and learning, and to guide students through the research process, helping them develop critical thinking skills, synthesize information, and communicate the results of intellectual inquiry.
How does Penrose Library, consistently ranked highly by the Princeton Review, accomplish this mission? The library’s digital environment, with more than 40,000 unique journal titles and 160 databases, complements its 500,000-volume print collection. Penrose is one of only a few college libraries that are open 24/7, and the facility itself was built and renovated with the idea that form follows function. Penrose’s archives and special collections include 3,500 linear feet of archival and manuscript material and over 5,000 rare books. And Whitman College is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, which combines the assets of academic libraries throughout the Northwest to provide free access and courier delivery of millions of volumes.
Penrose Mission and Values Statement
Penrose Library serves as a bridge between the Whitman College community—students, faculty, administration, and staff—and the information resources that promote teaching, research and learning in the spirit and mission of the College.
Penrose Library Guiding Principles
We are a liberal arts college library that supports our undergraduate curriculum and facilitates access to resources for faculty research. In partnership with the faculty and staff, the Library staff selects, builds, preserves and offers access to diverse print and digital collections. Together we guide students through the research process, helping them develop the critical thinking skills to conduct research, synthesize information, and communicate the results of intellectual inquiry. Whether interacting with students in the classroom, one-on-one, or through electronic communications, we carefully assess students’ information, technological and educational needs and advise them appropriately.
An intellectual and social center of campus, the Library is conducive to individual study, reflection, and collaborative work. The Library’s physical spaces provide access to collections which encourage creativity and exploration in a technologically and aesthetically inviting environment. We welcome all members of the Whitman College community into the Library.
We value our flexibility, accuracy, accessibility and resourcefulness in providing quality innovative user-centered services. We seek opportunities for professional development, and we form partnerships on and off campus to extend our services and resources beyond the physical library and to enhance our skills and knowledge. A collegial working atmosphere is provided for all Library staff.
Penrose Library Values Statement
We value relationships and are committed to building a cooperative, supportive, and open community. We work together to enact policies that help ensure the well-being of our community members and also prudently manage Penrose Library’s physical and digital assets.
We challenge and engage each other in respectful, thoughtful ways as we develop our critical thinking skills. We act with empathy and kindness to instill mutual trust and we recognize the contributions of all employees to our shared goals.
We strive for authenticity and accountability in our relationships with others. By our actions we evidence a shared responsibility and commitment to justice, service, and excellence. We act with humility and patience.
We motivate and inspire others to pursue learning and knowledge. We believe freedom to pursue continued training and professional development is crucial for all members of our community.
Diversity and Inclusion
We seek to learn with others with diverse experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives. We recognize that diversity makes our institution stronger.
Embracing Challenge and Change
We see change as an opportunity. We are willing to accept new challenges, to take risks, to champion equality, and to seek out new solutions and new paths.
Privacy and Confidentiality
We stand behind our users’ rights to privacy and confidentiality. We support the safety and freedom of inquiry for all.
Archives and Special Collections
Roger Stelk, Head of Collection Management — 509-527-5909
Rich Pengra, Library Assistant, Collection Development — 509-527-5912
Paige Morfitt, Digital Assets and Metadata Librarian — 509-527-5920
Rika Groff, Library Assistant, Cataloging — 509-527-5919
Julianne Hoppen, Library Assistant, Serials — 509-527-5913
Instructional, Research, and Access Services
Lee Keene, Head of Research, Instruction, and Assessment — 509-527-5917
Julie Carter, Head of User Services — 509-527-5915
Amy Blau, Scholarly Communications Librarian — 509-527-4905
Emily Pearson, Instructional & Research Services Librarian — 509-527-5918
Jen Pope, Access Services Manager — 509-527-5914
Christel Holce, Circulation Supervisor (Weekday Evenings) — 509-527-5192
Juan Prado, Circulation Supervisor (Weekend Days) — 509-527-5192
Tim Odeen, Circulation Supervisor (Weekend Evenings) — 509-527-5192
Tom Call, Circulation Supervisor (Weekend Nights) — 509-527-5192
Emily Barron, Circulation Supervisor (Weekday Nights) — 509-527-5192
Kun Lin, Systems and Applications Librarian — 509-527-5916
During the academic year, Penrose Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the Whitman community.You will need your Whitman ID to access the building between 9 pm and 9 am.
Whitman Archives is open Monday – Friday between 10 am – 12 pm and 1-4 pm, and by appointment. It is closed on college holidays.
Café 41 is open Sunday – Thursday from 8pm – 1am.
Non-Whitman community members can visit the library between 9 am and 9 pm.
Gifts to Penrose Library
Gifts to Penrose Library are very welcomed and valued. Through the generous support of friends and alumni, donations to the Library have helped build outstanding collections. Gifts, often those that memorialize or honor loved ones, continue to help foster the traditions of scholarship, critical thinking, and lifelong learning that are hallmarks of a Whitman education. Modest gifts are very much appreciated, as are bequests, endowments and larger contributions.
The collections at Penrose are carefully selected to provide balanced, vibrant and timely materials that serve to support the curricular and research needs of our faculty and students. In order to safeguard quality, consistency, and relevance to the needs of the College, donated materials are reviewed using these same criteria. Moreover, due to space, staffing, and resource limitations, we are unable to accept all gifts of materials.
Gifts-in-kind, especially library materials, are accepted with the understanding that they become the property of Whitman College. Penrose Library retains the right to decline, retain, or dispose of the materials at its discretion. Only the Library Director, Collection Management Librarian, or Archivist/Special Collections Librarian may accept in-kind donations on behalf of the Library. A signed Gift of Property statement must accompany all such donations.
General Library Materials
We welcome books and media appropriate for the general library collections if they support the College’s curriculum and faculty research needs. The Library does not accept duplicates of held materials, textbooks, outdated or materials in poor condition, mass-market paperback books, general interest magazines, cassette tapes, software, photocopied materials, vanity press books, popular pamphlets or promotional materials. Only commercially produced DVDs in like-new condition will be accepted.
Before bringing gifts of 25 volumes or more to the Library, please contact Roger Stelk, Head of Collection Management (509-527-5909 or [email protected]) to discuss the potential donation. He may also be able to suggest other resources if the potential gift is deemed not appropriate for Penrose Library. Donations are boxed and delivered at the owner’s expense.
Special Collections Materials
Gifts of manuscript collections, rare books, and unique materials, especially those that pertain to Whitman College and northwest regional history, are encouraged. Before such items or materials are donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives, please consult with Ben Murphy, Archivist and Special Collections Librarian (509-526-4731 or [email protected]). The Development Office encourages donors to consider providing financial support for the processing and preservation of such donated materials, especially if the collection is of substantial size and/or significance.
Donors are responsible for obtaining an appraisal and consulting with a tax advisor in order to obtain such information. Generally, gifts with a declared value over $5,000 will require an independent qualified appraisal; those with a declared value over $500 will require that the donor file IRS Tax Form 8283. Please read IRS publications 526 and 561 for more information.
Appraisers may be located through the American Society of Appraisers, the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, or the Appraisers’ Association of America. If you wish to have an appraisal conducted, please do so before donating the materials to Whitman College’s Penrose Library.
All gifts will be acknowledged by letter with a count of the donated items. The Library does not provide a detailed, title-by-title listing.
Generally, gifts for which the donor places restrictions on access are not accepted. Exceptions may be made, for a limited time, for certain sensitive materials donated to Whitman College and Northwest Archives. Penrose Library abides by the American Library Association/Society of American Archivists’ 1994 Joint Statement on Access to Original Research Materials.
Donated items that Whitman College’s Penrose Library retains are cataloged and listed in the Library’s catalog. Access to other materials will be governed by established library policies. Materials added to the general collections are interfiled with like books on the same subject. Separately named collections are not maintained.
Monetary gifts, especially those that would enable the purchase of new materials, the delivery of innovative services, additional furnishings, technology enhancements, or the support of special program areas are actively encouraged. Please contact Dalia Corkrum, Library Director (509-527-5193 or [email protected]) or John Bogley, Vice President for Development and College Relations (509-527-5979 or [email protected]) for more information.
Please contact Dalia Corkrum, Library Director (509-527-5193 or [email protected]) if you have any questions or wish to discuss a specific donation.
Below are the positions for which students are usually employed at Penrose Library. Jobs will be posted on Handshake before the beginning of the semester as they become available. Please apply directly through the Handshake website and refer to the specific postings for more information.
- Archives Assistant
- Cataloging / Serials Assistant
- Circulation Assistant
- Library Office Assistant
Additional information about student employment can be found on the Student Employment page on the College’s website.
Location and Directions
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA 99362
Penrose Library is located at the heart of the Whitman College campus. On the campus map below, we are building 40, to the left of Ankeny Field. Parking is available, both on street and in the lot off Park Street.
As detailed in the Penrose Library Mission and Guiding Principles and our teaching philosophy and learning goals, the Instructional and Research Services department guides students through the research process, helping them develop critical thinking skills to conduct research, synthesize information, and communicate the results of intellectual inquiry.
Scheduling an Instructional Session
You may request an instructional session for your class. We work with students to help them develop search strategies, find and evaluate resources, and use resources effectively in coursework. And we will work with you to tailor our instruction to meet your specific course needs. Our program of instruction is developed in collaboration with classroom faculty to build general information literacy skills and is designed to fit into the framework of your course.
Instruction provides students with
- information tailored to course projects and assignments
- exposure to discipline-specific research tools
- hands-on experience with relevant print and electronic resources
- experience with research strategies and information literacy skills
Instruction includes presentations and hands-on active learning components, as well as class discussion. You may schedule an instruction session in the Center for Teaching and Learning, college classrooms or college computer labs. Please contact Lee Keene (509-527-5917), Head of Instructional and Research Services, to schedule your session.
Departmental liaisons are available to share information about library resources and services and discuss course-related library instruction. Current liaisons assignments are as follows.
Anthropology — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917
Economics — Roger Stelk — 509-527-5909
History — Emily Pearson/a> — 509-527-5918
Politics — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917
Psychology — Julie Carter — 509-527-5915
Sociology — Julie Carter — 509-527-5915
Art — Emily Pearson — 509-527-5918
Art History & Visual Culture Studies — Ben Murphy — 509-526-4731
Classics — Amy Blau — 509-527-5918
English — Paige Morfit — 509-527-5920
Foreign Languages — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905
Music — Ben Murphy — 509-526-4731
Philosophy — Julie Carter — 509-527-5918
Religion — Ben Murphy — 509-526-4731
Rhetoric — Ben Murphy — 509-526-4731
Spanish — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905
Theatre — Emily Pearson — 509-527-5918
Astronomy — Roger Stelk — 509-527-5909
Biology — Roger Stelk — 509-527-5909
Chemistry — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905
Geology — Julie Carter — 509-527-5915
Math & Computer Science — Kun Lin — 509-527-5916
Physics — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905
Asian Studies — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology — Roger Stelk — 509-527-5909
Encounters — Amy Blau — 509-527-4905
Environmental Studies — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917
Film & Media Studies — Paige Morfitt — 509-527-5920
Gender Studies — Emily Pearson — 509-527-5918
Global Studies — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917
Race & Ethnic Studies — Paige Morfitt — 509-527-5920
Sports Studies, Recreation & Athletics — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917
Writing Center — Lee Keene — 509-527-5917
The purpose of placing materials on reserve is to make common readings readily available to students for a short amount of time. Reserves also allow a faculty member to provide students with controlled access to items not in the Library’s own collection, such as personal copies. Faculty members may place items on either print reserve or electronic reserve (e-reserves).
How to place an item on reserve
Please complete a Reserve Request Form online, listing all items you will be placing on reserve. You can choose to place items on reserve for the following loan periods:
- 3 hours (library use only)
- 24 hours (items can be taken out of the library)
- 6 days
- Electronic Reserves (articles scanned or linked)
To guarantee that your materials are available for the beginning of the semester, submit them no later than two weeks before the first day of classes. Once the semester has begun, allow at least four days for processing.
Materials to be placed on e-reserve that are already in electronic format may be emailed to Jen Pope. Materials to be scanned, or put on reserve in their original format, should be accompanied by a Reserve Request Form, brought to the circulation desk and given to the Circulation Supervisor on duty.
What can be put on reserve?
- Library books, videos, CDs, and DVDs
Please gather together the library materials you would like on reserve for your courses. Reference books and periodicals do no circulate outside the library and are not normally placed on reserve.
- Books not owned by the library
The Library will attempt to purchase books needed for reserve use. You may request them by contacting the Acquisitions Department. Please be sure to indicate that the item is for reserve, and provide the course number.
- Personal books, videos, CDs, and DVDs
Personal copies may be placed on reserve if the Library does not own the item. Please mark these with your name. Note: Personal copies must be marked and barcoded for use with our circulation system. The Library cannot assume liability for materials that are worn, torn, mutilated, or stolen.
Faculty are responsible for providing clean, single-sided, unstapled photocopies. Photocopies must be accompanied by a Reserve Request Form and a full bibliographic citation. The Library subscribes to a number of databases that allow durable links to journal and newspaper articles. The Library will link to materials through library databases when possible.
- Required vs. Recommended Reading
Space is limited on reserve shelves, so only those materials that are required reading, viewing, or listening for coursework are put on reserve. Items which are recommended but not required should not be placed on reserve.
- Summit and ILL materials will not be placed on reserve–no exceptions!
Textbooks will be placed on reserve only when the Bookstore has insufficient copies to meet demand and additional copies are on order.
- Items may not remain on reserve indefinitely. All items are removed from reserve at the end of each term.
View a Reserve List
You can view or search for your reserve lists on the Course Reserves page. As soon as items are placed on reserve, they will be available for check-out. It may take up to 48 hours before they appear in Sherlock.
Reserves and Copyright
Note that putting copies of articles or chapters on reserve may violate U.S. copyright laws. In some cases, faculty members should request permission from the publisher, who is usually the copyright holder. Addresses of the publisher are usually listed in the front of the copyrighted material. If you need help determining copyright owner or publisher address, please ask a librarian.
Permission should usually be requested in the following situations:
- The copyrighted material placed on Reserve is being used for more than one semester.
- If you wish to put more than a brief amount of copyrighted material on reserve.
Questions? Please contact Jen Pope.
Honors Thesis FAQ for Faculty
All honors thesis students must deposit both print and digital copies of their thesis with Penrose Library. For faculty, key points include the following:
Where can I find thesis submission guidelines?
Complete guidelines on formatting and submission can be found here.
When is the deadline?
Both print and digital theses are due in the library no later than Reading Day of Spring Semester.
Where are theses submitted?
Print copies are to be turned in to the Penrose Library Administrative Assistant.
How do students submit digital copies?
Digital copies will be uploaded by students in PDF/A format for long-term storage and preservation by the library. Students may find instructions via the library website for formatting and submitting their theses as PDF/A.
What do I need to sign?
- Faculty advisors must sign the certificate of approval form for the print copies of the thesis.
- In addition to submitting their PDF/A thesis, honors thesis students and faculty advisors must sign a Non-Exclusive Distribution License. On this form, students and faculty must indicate whether they would like the thesis to be accessible via the Internet and Interlibrary Loan to users unaffiliated with Whitman, or to restrict access to Whitman affiliated patrons (students, faculty and staff). This form also allows a hold (or embargo period) to be placed on access to the thesis if the author(s) or advisors plan to publish or seek a patent based on work in the thesis. Students will be responsible for bringing this form to faculty to sign, but it is a good idea to begin conversations about the level of access that will be assigned to the thesis.
Do student retain their copyright?
Granting the College (and the Library) the right to provide electronic access to the thesis does not transfer copyright; the student author(s) retain the rights to their work.
How can students learn more?
The library will offering a workshop for students on these submission guidelines. Times and locations will be announced through the library website.
Who do I contact with questions?
Tell us if there’s something we should have in our collection. We have access to Choice Reviews Online to help you keep up with what’s being published in your field. Or sign up for GOBI Notifications and find out when new books in your field are published.
How to sign-up for GOBI notification:
The library’s primary book vendor is YBP (Yankee Book Peddler). As books are published, they are added to YBP’s online database, GOBI (Global Online Bibliographic Information). In some instances, books are sent automatically to the library “on approval” while others are designated for notification.
The GOBI system allows faculty the option of reviewing notification slips of recently published material. A profile detailing the faculty member’s specific areas of interest serves as the basis for this service. The alerts are generated by YBP every Saturday morning and appear in your email inbox.
Just click on the link embedded in the email to access the list of new titles. Then select the titles that you want to recommend for purchase. Once you have chosen all of the titles that you want to select, click Recommend to send the selections to the Collection Management librarian. Orders for the titles are generated and the material arrives at the library in a few weeks. If you are interested in establishing a profile for the GOBI Notification service, please contact Roger Stelk, Collection Management librarian, at [email protected], or by phone at 509-527-5909.
What is a Data Management Plan?
Since 2011, researchers applying for NSF grants have been required to submit a supplementary Data Management Plan (DMP) of no more than two pages with their grant applications. The Data Management Plan outlines how data will be gathered, preserved, and shared, in accordance with NSF policies.
What is the NSF data sharing policy?
The National Science Foundation stipulates that “investigators are expected to share with other researchers, at no more than incremental cost and within a reasonable time, the primary data, samples, physical collections, and other supporting materials created or gathered in the course of the work under NSF grants.”
What should the Data Management Plan include?
The NSF lays out the requirements for the DMP in their Grant Proposal Guide. The DMP should include information explaining:
- The types of data, samples, physical collections, software, curriculum materials, and other materials to be produced in the course of the project.
- The standards to be used for data and metadata format and content.
- Policies for access and sharing, including provisions for appropriate protection of privacy, confidentiality, security, intellectual property, and other rights or requirements.
- Policies and provisions for re-use, re-distribution, and the production of derivatives.
- Plans for archiving data, samples, and other research products, and for preservation of and access to them.
Some Directorates, Offices, Divisions, and Programs have specific requirements beyond those outlined above. Please check the NSF website to find out whether your grant proposal will require additional components.
Some questions to consider
- What types of data will be produced? How much data, and how often will it be changed or updated? Will versions need to be tracked?
- What identifiers will be used for the data? What file formats will be produced, and will special software or tools be required to create or view the data? What metadata standards will be used to organize the data?
- Who is responsible for managing and controlling the data? Who owns the data? If private and confidential data is being collected, what provisions are in place to protect that information?
- Where will the data be stored? How secure is the data, and what back up procedures exist?
- For whom is the data intended? How long must it be retained?
- How will you make the necessary data publicly accessible? How do you intend to publish or distribute the data?
What resources are available to help write a Data Management Plan, and to make data publicly available?
There are links to questionnaires and other tools that can be helpful in preparing a Data Management Plan on the Penrose Library Data Resources LibGuide.
Data Services librarian Amy Blau (509-527-4905) is available to discuss various aspects of data management.
If you are planning to submit an NSF grant, please contact Rachna Sinnott (509-527-5990) or Tana Park (509-527-5926) in the Office of Grants & Foundation Relations at least one month before the due date. They can provide guidance on grant submission procedures and compliance with College and federal requirements, including the Data Management Plan. For more information on Whitman’s policies and procedures regarding grant submission, please visit the Grants & Foundation Relations website.
We’ve put together some great resources to help you navigate copyright in your academic and personal life, including fair use analysis tools and sample copyright request forms. The Whitman College Copyright Policy and procedures for use of copyrighted materials are also available.
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