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IDS 101: Artist as Advocate: 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-Wed   10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.
                    6 p.m. -- 9 p.m.
Thursday    10 a.m. -- 5 p.m.     

Friday          1 p.m. -- 4 p.m
Saturday         (Closed)
Sunday           (Closed)

Archives Hours

Contact: for an appointment.

Note: The library is open to the general public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Mark O. Hatfield Library Building

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Reference Books

Humanities and Fine Arts Librarian

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.

Stadium: Jim Thorpe and Relations by Marie Watt, 2008

Watt, Marie.  Stadium: Jim Thorpe and Relations.  2008.  Reclaimed wool blankets, Pendleton stadium blanket, thread, shedded antlers. Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Course Description

Artists’ work often addresses societal issues and challenges to achieving equity and inclusion; it can even affect cultural political shifts. Advocates’ work frequently crosses over the line from advocacy into artistic expression. Where do these boundaries between art and advocacy lie? Are they solid or permeable? What sort of challenges do artist-advocates assume when they engage across this boundary? The course will highlight leaders in the arts world and advocacy world such as blogger Amanda Baggs, visual artist Paul Rucker, photographer Samantha Spirit, writer Rania El Mugammar, and opera singer Jessye Norman. As a class we will select a shared social concern and craft our own creative response. All backgrounds and forms of art expression are welcome.