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IDS 101: Body Mods: Using the Library

Personal Librarians

A personal Librarian is your "go-to" person in the library. First-year students are paired up with a librarian who will be your individual contact person within the library from day one. Find your Personal Librarian here.

What Librarians Can Do for You

You can set up an individual research consultation with a subject librarian for research help. Here are a few other things that we can do for you:

  • Show you the best places to begin your research.
  • Locate the information you need within our library or elsewhere.
  • Help you cite information correctly (e.g. APA style).
  • Judge the quality & reliability of information.
  • Teach you how to use information ethically (e.g. avoiding plagiarism).
  • Determine whether something is peer-reviewed.

Hours during the Academic Year

Library Hours

Mon-Thur    8 a.m. -- Midnight
Friday         8 a.m. -- 9 p.m.
Saturday    10 a.m. -- 6 p.m.
Sunday      10 a.m. -- Midnight

Reference Hours

Mon-Thur   10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
                    6 p.m. -- 9 p.m.
Friday         1 p.m. -- 4 p.m
Saturday         (Closed)
Sunday           (Closed)

Archives Hours

Contact: for an appointment.

Note: The library is closed to the general public and open to students, faculty, and staff with current Willamette ID.

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Mark O. Hatfield Library Building

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Reference Books

Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian

Online Reference Works

Authoritative Reference Sources vs Wikipedia

Wikipedia is a great resource for getting general info about something, but because anyone can contribute or change its content it is considered unreliable.  College faculty typically do not consider Wikipedia a credible information source. 

Instead, use the library's print or electronic encyclopedias, dictionaries, or other reference books to backup the basic information of your research paper. These resources have gone through an editorial process to check for accuracy. To the right and below are some resources that may be of use.

Encyclopedias and More

Course Description

This course will delve into the cultures surrounding tattooing, piercing, scarification, suspension and body modding in the United States and world wide. Participants will investigate the histories, origins, and current expressions of these art forms, as well as their intersection with contemporary performance. Topics to be discussed include cultural appropriation, self-expression and aesthetics, as well as portrayals of the cultures and sub-cultures surrounding artists, clients and advocates for these practices. Finally, relevant media samples, from silver-gelatin prints to television series (Inkmaster, et al), film and social media will be examined as we look at the complicated portrayals of these art forms in current culture. Together we will consider: to whom might these art forms belong? How is meaning made, when the body is the site of art-making? How, and to what extent, must the personal views and practices of the artists/practitioners be considered when offering up one’s body as canvas? And, what are the ethical and ethnographic implications of adapting culturally significant practices into pop culture of the moment?