University of Western States Library Resources

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Contact a librarian, search library resources, and access library "how to" guides, as well as information on APA citation style and copyright.

Welcome to the University of Western States Library

Need help with a search or locating a resource? The librarians of UWS are available to work with you to discover exactly the information you require for your projects and assignments. Below you can search library resources, access library "how to" information, and get real-time help from a librarian. 

Key Library Resources

About the Library

Find general information about the library, including hours, policies, and more.

APA Citation Style

Find resources to help with APA citation style, including formatting, as well as information about RefWorks.

Contact a Librarian

Contact a librarian via email, phone, text, or chat to get assistance with a search or finding resources.

UWS Copyright Statement

Learn about copyright at UWS and who to contact if you have questions about copyright compliance or fair use.

Search Library Resources


Search for books (including e-books) and videos (including streaming videos) held by the UWS Library.


Search for journal articles and information from a wide array of general and subject-specific research databases.

Journals and E-book Lists

Search for e-journals to browse or locate the full-text of a known article, or search for e-books by title or topic.

Library "How To" Guides

Library Services for Distance Students

Topics include contacting the library; borrowing library materials, including course reserves; accessing electronic resources and materials via interlibrary loan, as well as tutorials and resources for APA citation style.

Library Tutorials

Watch videos on how to search databases like Medline, CINAHL, and DynaMed, as well as how to use the RefWorks citation management tool. Learn how to use the UWS library catalog to find books, e-books and videos, as well as how to use the journals list to track down a full-text article from a citation.

Library DIY: Using the UWS Library

Take all or part of this tutorial to brush up on accessing and using library information resources, basic search skills, choosing the right resources for your information needs, avoiding plagiarism, and more.

What can librarians do for you?

The UWS librarians are here to help you succeed in your academic work. Librarians can:

  • Guide you to the most appropriate databases and resources for your information needs
  • Work with you to create effective search strategies
  • Save you time in doing article searches and literature reviews
  • Locate full-text articles from citations (and teach you how to DIY)
  • Teach you how to find, use, and cite information ethically, responsibly, and professionally
  • Assist you with using RefWorks or other tools to cite your sources

Have a question about something you don’t see on this list? Contact a librarian and ask us!

Contact a Librarian

The reference librarian, Kim Olson-Charles, is available Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (PST) to assist you with accessing and using the online library resources or for more extensive research help. You can also make an appointment with Stephanie Debner for dedicated research help; contact her via phone or email to set up an appointment.


Phone:  (503) 206-3202

Text:  (503) 822-6111

Chat:  Clicking the link below will open a chat window.

APA Citation Style

APA (American Psychological Association) Style is the official editorial style for all academic content at University of Western States. Academic coursework should be written in accordance with APA Style formatting rules and guidelines as set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th edition


A quick reference guide on the basics of APA Style can be found here:

Additional APA citation examples can be found on the Purdue OWL (Purdue University Online Writing Lab) website

Sample citations


Rakel, D. (2012). Integrative medicine (3rd ed.). Elsevier Saunders.

Journal article

Ben-Arye, E., & Visser, A. (2012). The role of health care communication in the development of complementary and integrative medicine. Patient Education and Counseling, 89(3), 363-367.  doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2012.10.003


Don’t want to create your citations by hand? Use RefWorks to import your citations from a variety of databases and generate references in any citation style with ease. See how

Need a RefWorks account? 

At UWS, you can set up your own RefWorks account. Here's how:

2. Enter your UWS student email address
3. You will be prompted to set up a password – this can be anything you want; it is not connected to the UWS system
4. After that, you should be good to go! You might want to bookmark the RefWorks website, for ease of access, but it is also linked off of the library’s databases page, among other places.

If you have trouble getting started with RefWorks or using your account, contact a librarian for assistance.


UWS Copyright Statement

University of Western States supports and encourages the legitimate use of educational materials to enhance the teaching, learning, and research activities of the university and its students. Textbooks, reference works, journal articles, computer software, databases, media, and electronic documents are protected by copyright law. A teacher or student must either establish fair use by means of the fair use guidelines or have an express or implied license to use copyrighted material, or online services, as defined by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (

Students, faculty, and staff are responsible for understanding how copyright law applies to the use of both electronic and printed resources and media. Plagiarism and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited by the University as outlined in Policy 9001- Student Conduct.

Downloading and/or distributing copies in physical or electronic form without current license or permission from the copyright owner or agent, that exceeds fair use guidelines, is illegal. UWS will cooperate with copyright holders to identify individuals who violate the lawStudents, faculty, and other campus users of copyrighted materials should refer to the website and Policy 1605 – Use of Copyrighted Works in Education and Research for further information.

 If you have questions or would like additional information about establishing fair use or copyright compliance, please contact the UWS Library. Faculty should also go the library’s Copyright Services page.