Library: FAQs

Who is Otto F. Linn?
How do I find an article?
How do I cite electronic resources in my bibliography or works cited?
How do I find the material I need from a periodical?
How do I get a library card?
How do I get an article if the library doesn’t subscribe to the journal I need?
How do I know a website is a good resource for my research?
How long can a book be checked out?
I am having trouble accessing things on the library web site from home. What do I do?
Overdue book – What do I do?
What are periodicals?
What electronic indexes are available?
Where are the periodicals?
Where do I get the readings my professor said were in the library?
Who can use the WPC library?

Who is Otto F. Linn?

The library building is dedicated to the memory of Otto F Linn PhD, who served as dean and professor of the institution when it was known as Pacific Bible College. Want to know more?

Who can use the WPC library?

WPC students, faculty, staff, alumni, students from other colleges, and members of the community. You must have and present a library card in order to check material out.

How do I get a library card?

For WPC students, faculty and staff, your WPC identification card is your library card. For others, a library card can be obtained at the circulation desk by filling out a registration card.

How long can a book be checked out (by undergraduate students)?

Books and curriculum = 3 weeks
Periodicals = 1 week
Videos = 1 week
You may renew books and periodicals TWICE.

My book is overdue. What do I do?

Return the book as soon as you no longer need it. You are charged 25 cents per day for each day that an item is overdue. (There is no grace period)

If you still need to use the book, renew it as soon as possible.

Renewal is for an additional 3 weeks, so long as no one else has placed a hold on the book. You will be charged an overdue fine for any gap between the due date and the renewal date.

You can renew materials online by clicking “My library account” in the library catalog, bringing them into the library, or by phoning the Circulation Desk, 517-1102. Clearly specify each item to be renewed.

Where are the periodicals?

The newest issues of magazines and journals (published six or more times per year) are on display in the Reference Room; these cannot be checked out, but may be read or photocopied. Additional periodical titles, as well as all back issues of both periodicals and newspapers are kept in Room 101 on the lower level of the library. They are shelved in alphabetical order by title. Paper copies of periodicals in this room may be checked out for one week. Newspapers and microfiche may not be checked out, but there is a microfilm viewer/printer in the Periodical Room.

What are periodicals?

The term periodical is applied to general magazines, academic journals, newspapers, and other publications which are published on a schedule (periodically).

Warner Pacific’s library subscribes to more than 250 current periodicals. The current issues of magazines and journals published six or more times per year are on display in the reference area on the main floor. The current issue of several newspapers, such as The Oregonian and the New York Times are displayed on the table in the lobby. Back issues of all these publications are located in the Periodical Room on the lower level of the library.

How do I find the material I need from a periodical?

The best approach is to use periodical index databases to find specific citations. A citation contains the name of the periodical, its volume and issue number, the name of an article and often the author of the article and which page(s) it appears on. Many databases contain not just the citation information, but the entire article. If the article is not available in the database, you can check a listing of the periodical holdings at Warner Pacific it see if we have that issue. You can also request an article through Interlibrary Loan.

How do I find an article?

Sometimes you will find citation information in the bibliography of another article or the citation will be given with an assignment or on a course syllabus. Most often, you will do your own research to locate suitable articles. There are several databases available to you which allow searching by author, title, subject, keyword, plus several others and combinations of methods (such as searching for a specific subject only in one journal title or only in a specified range of dates). Ask a librarian for help; searching is learned through practice and different methods apply with different indexes. For in-depth historical research beyond the dates covered by databases, we have print indexes, some of which go back more than 100 years.

What electronic resources are available?

Databases and Internet resources cover a wide range of subject areas. The databases WPC provides through subscription are available only to WPC faculty, staff, and students through the campus network or network login.

In some databases, the basic citation, an abstract (summary), and the full text (of some articles), may be printed, sent to your e-mail account, or saved on your disk for further use. Most articles are copyrighted and your use under copyright law is limited to personal research and educational purposes.

Both EBSCOHost and EJS (electronic journals) provide a personalized account that you can use to save searches and articles, and set up email alerts. This is an excellent way for you to organize your research. A written set of instructions is available at the library.

How do I know a website is a good resource for my research?

Click here for criteria for evaluating websites.

How do I cite electronic resources in my bibliography or works cited?

Examples of APA, MLA and Turabian/Chicago style citation for common types of electronic resources are available.  Further instructions and examples can be found at:

How do I get an article if the library doesn’t subscribe to the journal I need?

Inter-library loan service assures Warner students of access to any journal article needed for their research. Normally photocopies of the articles can be obtained free, though some times a small charge is necessary. If you have determined that Warner Pacific does not have the needed material and that it is not available through a databases or another Internet source, ask for an Inter-library loan request form at the Circulation Desk, fill it out and return it there or use the online forms.  Expect an inter-library loan to take ten days to two weeks for delivery.

Where do I get the readings my professor said were in the library?

These are called Course Reserves. Ask for these items at the Circulation Desk by the name of the professor who has placed the items on reserve. Each piece will be marked with the terms of use; most are checked out only for two-hour in-library use.