Western Kentucky University

Educational Resources Center (ERC) Services

Ellison Machine

The Ellison machine is used to cut shapes out of any material which can be cut by scissors. A large number of dies are available for use. Decorations, bulletin boards, and student manipulatives are some of the uses of materials made with the Ellison machine. If you haven't used the Ellison machine before, please ask a staff member to show you how. There are a couple of tips which make it easier to use and prevent wear and tear.


Laminating Services

The ERC has a 24-inch wide hot film laminator. Members of the WKU community are welcome to request lamination services. We ask that you give us a one-day turnaround for laminating items. Please only bring items that can withstand the high heat of the laminator. Materials should be less than 1/4 inch thick.


Photocopying Services

There is public photocopier located in the ERC for patron use. Patrons may use coins or funds on their Big Red cards to charge photocopies. Copies are 10 cents per page. No change is available in the building. Departmental copying can be taken to the Copy Center on the first floor of Tate Page Hall.


Reference Assistance

ERC staff will answer reference or informational questions! Ask at the circulation desk if you are having difficulty finding an item, or if you need help with your research. Most of the time during the weekday and on Monday and Tuesday evenings, full-time staff are available to assist you; other evening and weekend hours are staffed with student assistants.


Research Instruction

Upon request of the instructor, the Ed Center Coordinator will give a general orientation to the Ed Center, or will teach a class how to use the reference materials and other materials available in the ERC. Sessions can be tailored to meet the research needs of the particular class.

 Last Modified 7/24/13