|Address:||2100 Ullsvik Hall
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville WI 53818-3099
|Phone:||608.342.1468 or 800.362.5460|
NOTE: All fees are subject to change without notice.
The fundamental mission of UW-Platteville and the entire UW System is to serve the people of Wisconsin. This basic goal is expressed in detail in the mission statement adopted in 1988 and revised in 2002. In those statements, UW-Platteville pledges itself to:
These statements, along with the UW System and University Cluster mission statements, provide a guide to UW-Platteville in what it attempts and does not attempt to accomplish as an institution of higher education.
The purpose of the School of Graduate Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville is to coordinate and oversee high quality, practitioner-oriented graduate programs whose goal is to provide degree seeking and non- degree-seeking students with advanced educational preparation for careers in criminal justice, computer science, counseling, education, engineering, industry, and project management. This purpose reflects the University of Wisconsin- Platteville's mission to "provide graduate programs in areas clearly associated with its undergraduate emphases…," along with other selected graduate programs.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville has a long rich history. Founded in 1866, with the primary goal of training teachers, the university has grown and expanded steadily. Today, the School of Graduate Studies serves graduate students on campus and online as described in this catalog. Undergraduates may complete coursework in the College of Business, Industry, Life Science and Agriculture; the College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science; or the College of Liberal Arts and Education.
UW-Platteville entered distance education in 1979 when a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration was offered in a print format to working adults throughout Wisconsin. In 1996, the program extended its reach to adults throughout the United States.
The Internet paved the way to online learning, and in 1999 the university started an online program for a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, as well as master's degrees in criminal justice, engineering, and project management. In the fall of 2006, the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice was added and in 2012, three master's degree programs were added: Organizational Change Leadership, Integrated Supply Chain Management, and Distance Education Leadership.
Online learning is designed to serve adults seeking advancement in their careers or a career change. No campus visits are required and students log on to coursework at their convenience.
UW-Platteville Online courses are offered spring, summer, and fall. Registration runs from about three months prior to no later than two weeks before the first day of classes.For detailed course information and availability, tuition rates, and registration instructions, visit the Distance Education website at www.uwplatt.edu/disted.
It is the policy of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to provide equal opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, marital status, pregnancy, political affiliation, arrest or conviction record, identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, membership in the national guard, state defense force or any other reserve component of the military forces of the United States or this state. Sexual harassment is illegal and will not be tolerated. Co-workers and supervisors may not retaliate against any employee, student, or job applicant because he or she filed a complaint, assisted in an investigation or participated in any proceeding alleging discrimination on the foregoing basis.
The University ensures physical accessibility to work environments for persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access to employment. Upon request, the University will provide reasonable accommodations for religious observances and practices.
The University is committed to a program of affirmative action for women, racial minorities, persons with disabilities, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans who separated within the last three years, those who are in the Armed Forces Service Medal Veteran category and veterans of the Vietnam era under the Vietnam Era Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended. While the Chancellor assumes overall responsibility for the success of the program, university administrators and supervisors are responsible and accountable for implementation. Authority for monitoring the program is delegated to the Director of Human Resources.
Each individual associated with the University is encouraged to pledge a new and revitalized commitment to build and maintain an educational environment free of harassment and discrimination - an environment that fosters mutual respect, recognizes the dignity and worth of all people, and promotes to the fullest, equal employment opportunity through affirmative action.
Students having concerns or questions about discrimination, harassment or sexual assault are encouraged to contact the Human Resources Office (2300 Ullsvik Hall, 608.342.1176). All inquiries will be treated confidentially.
All research projects - funded or unfunded, originated at or supported by UW-Platteville - that involve humans as participants, or data or materials derived from humans, must be reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board for Human Subject Research (IRB) before the research is initiated.
Students must prepare a research protocol, describing their project and addressing human participant issues, and then submit the protocol to the IRB Chair for review. Students may obtain a Manual of Policies and Procedures to review research involving human participantsfrom the Chair of the IRB, the Office of Sponsored Programs (608.342.1456), or online at www.uwplatt.edu/committees/irbhsr/index.html. Other IRB information, including protocol forms and names of IRB committee members, may also be found online.
No campus visits are required for the six online Master of Science degrees.
*Anticipated fall 2012 start. Go online for current information at www.uwplatt.edu/disted.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville is accredited by:
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville holds membership in the following organizations:
The following are the minimum requirements for all master's degrees. Individual programs may have additional or varied requirements:
Students in the online programs in Criminal Justice, Organizational Change Leadership, and Project Management must satisfy the writing requirement of their degree program. Students may satisfy the writing requirements by completing one of the following:
Students should consult with individual program coordinators for guidelines for meeting their program's requirement.
Graduate students must maintain a minimum 3.00 grade point average.
Those seeking admission must have an earned bachelor's degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). International degrees will be evaluated individually.
Applicants for the Engineering, Organizational Change Leadership, and Project Management programs will be required to submit a résumé.
Applicants for the Criminal Justice program will be required to submit a portfolio (detailed requirements will be provided by the Criminal Justice Department after receiving the student's application).
Individual programs may have additional admission requirements. The faculty in the program area will evaluate each application for admission.
Recommendations for admission, including admission status, will be based on a number of factors such as academic background in specific areas, performance in specific areas, recommendations, and previous graduate work. Admission status will be determined and reported to the applicant by the Distance Learning Center.
Students seeking admission to the School of Graduate Studies must do the following:
Complete and submit the online University of Wisconsin-System Application for Graduate Admission on the Distance Education website at http://www.uwplatt.edu/disted.
Pay the application fee via our secure online site, our secure telephone line, or mail a check payable to University of Wisconsin- Platteville to Distance Learning Center, University of Wisconsin- Platteville, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818-3099
Arrange to have an official* transcript sent from the institution granting the undergraduate degree to the Distance Learning Center at the address above.
Students who have taken graduate courses and would like to have them considered for transfer to a UW-Platteville online graduate degree, the student must also provide official* transcript(s) from the institution(s) where the graduate credits were earned.
*All official transcripts must be sent directly from the institution(s) where the course work was completed. We cannot accept or evaluate unofficial transcripts.
Applications will not be processed until the application, application fee, resume (when required), and the official transcript from the institution granting the undergraduate degree are on file. All transcripts become the property of the University of Wisconsin- Platteville and will remain on file at the university.
Students who earned a bachelor's degree outside the United States, must request their academic records (called transcripts in the U.S.) be sent directly to the Distance Learning Center from the issuing institution, along with a translated copy if they are not in English. Any records received become a part of the student's permanent student record at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and cannot be released. International transcripts are subject to a course-by-course evaluation. UW-Platteville has approved Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE) to complete this evaluation. ECE requires official transcripts/academic records to complete the evaluation.
Students who attended a university outside the United States, must follow these procedures:
Catalog Matchfor the report option.
* Neither UW-Platteville nor ECE provide translation services. Students are responsible for providing a translated copy of their transcript.
In addition to filing the standard application for admission with official transcript(s) translated in English, students must provide a copy of their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL® Test) score to the Distance Learning Center. A minimum score of 500 for the paper-based exam, 173 for the computer-based exam, or 61 for the internet-based TOEFL is required of all international students whose native language is not English.
Students may also submit scores from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Students taking the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) must achieve a minimum score of 6.0.
For students of the Program in ESL at UW-Madison, WESLI or MESLS:
International students may request a waiver of the TOEFL requirement by submitting acceptable justification. The waiver request should include the student's name, daytime phone number, and desired program of study. Send requests directly to the Dean of Graduate Studies:
|Address:||David Van Buren|
Dean, School of Graduate Studies
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
Upon being admitted, students will be classified in one of the following categories:
To be eligible for admission in full standing, a student must have an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75 or above, or 2.90 on the last 60 credits from the degree-granting institution.
Students who do not qualify for admission in full standing may be admitted on trial enrollment. Trial enrollment admission status is used only in extraordinary cases. Admission as a trial enrollee must be justified by the admitting department and approved by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. After a student completes a minimum of six to nine credits of graduate course work (specified by the program area), the faculty in the program area recommends that the student's status be changed to full standing, probation, or dismissal. The credits earned while on trial enrollment may be counted toward a degree if approved by the faculty in the program area.
Students who have earned a bachelor's degree from a nationally or regionally accredited institution recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) may register as a special student. Special students receive full academic credit for credit courses taken while they are on special student status. The special student may later be considered for admission into a degree program if a 3.00 grade point average has been maintained in all graduate-level work and all other admission requirements are met. With the program area's approval, a special student may transfer up to 12 credits earned at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville into a degree program. All UW-Platteville graduate level work will be included in computing the student's academic average. Students are encouraged to talk to the appropriate program coordinator if they have questions about which courses to take as a special student.
An advisor will be assigned to each new graduate student by the program coordinator upon the student's admission to the School of Graduate Studies. The dean of the School of Graduate Studies will confirm the final approval of advisor assignments. A student may request a change of advisor at any point during graduate study. The student may obtain a graduate advisor change form from the Distance Learning Center.
usually as an extension of the discipline content presented at the undergraduate level. When graduate work introduces basic concepts, it typically introduces discipline content that is not offered at the undergraduate level and is dependent upon knowledge acquired at the undergraduate level. In addition, introductory graduate course work may be delivered in an accelerated way to develop a knowledge base for an individual who possesses an undergraduate degree in another field or for individuals who seek to broaden their undergraduate preparation.
Graduate course work employs instructional methods that require more self-directed learning on the part of the student. Course work is more specialized and program specific, which contributes to the student's career goals and various enhancements leading to certification, licensure, and career advancement.
Graduate course work shall be taught only by graduate faculty or by other qualified faculty as determined by the Graduate Council. Course work shall be taught in formats that allow adequate reflection and integration of learning.
Courses numbered 7000 are open only to graduate students. Courses numbered 5000-6990 may be taken by graduate students for graduate credit, provided they have not taken the courses at the undergraduate level.
Because courses numbered 5000-6990 are open to both undergraduate and graduate students, graduate students are expected to do work of higher quality than is expected of undergraduates. In addition, the work is expected to be more detailed and thorough, and include projects not regularly assigned to undergraduates.
Senior undergraduate students attending UW-Platteville are eligible to take graduate courses numbered 5000-6990 for graduate credit if
Undergraduate students should contact the Distance Learning Center if they are registering for both graduate and undergraduate classes at the same time.
Note: Graduate credits cannot be applied toward completion of an undergraduate degree.
Graduate students may take UW-Platteville graduate and undergraduate courses concurrently. Students should contact the Distance Learning Center if they are registering for both graduate and undergraduate courses in the same semester.
Note: Undergraduate credits cannot be applied toward completion of a master's degree.
The following guidelines apply to the transfer of credits (both internal and external) to graduate programs at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville.
Credits from other University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduate degree programs may be applied to a second graduate degree at UWPlatteville upon the recommendation of the program faculty, up to a maximum of 12 credits. The total of credits from other University of Wisconsin-Platteville degree programs and credits transferred from other institutions cannot exceed 12 credits.
Courses and workshops may be offered at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville on a pass-fail basis. Only a grade of "Pass-Fail" will be recorded for courses taken under this system. Three credits of passfail work may be counted toward a master's degree.
Students enrolling for independent study should download the appropriate forms from the Distance Learning web site (www.uwplatt. edu/disted). The student must complete the form and obtain all required signatures before registering for the course. A student may register for more than the maximum number of independent study credits allowed by a department; however, the student may only apply the maximum number of independent study credits allowed by a department toward a master's degree at the University of Wisconsin- Platteville.
For fee purposes, nine credits constitute a full load during the fall and spring semesters and five credits during the summer session. Full-time status for other purposes, such as financial aid, may be defined differently.
After corresponding with an advisor, graduate students register in their Student Center of PASS (Pioneer Administrative Software System). Graduate students are allowed to register for up to 6 credits during the summer sessions and up to 9 credits during the fall/ spring semesters. If a student wants to take more credits (up to 8 credits during summer sessions and up to 12 credits during fall/ spring semesters), the student must contact his or her advisor for approval. A graduate student who wants to appeal an advisor's decision should contact the dean of the School of Graduate Studies. A graduate student who wants to take more than 8 credits for the summer session or 12 credits for the fall/spring semesters will need the additional approval (beyond the advisor's approval) of the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
Note: If a graduate student does not have an assigned graduate advisor but is attending as a special (non-degree-seeking) student, the dean of the School of Graduate Studies' approval replaces the advisor's approval.
As discussed previously, students in the online Criminal Justice, Organizational Change Leadership, and Project Management programs may satisfy the writing requirement by doing one of the following:
A more detailed discussion of these options follows.
The thesis may be an outgrowth of a research course or may be developed independently within the program area. The thesis will report the results of original and independent student research on a given problem or topic, by systematic and impartial methods and will demonstrate the student's ability to use techniques customarily employed in the particular field of investigation. Although a thesis for the master's degree may not always be expected to make a significant contribution to existing knowledge, it should be a scholarly document that is accurate, verifiable, objective, and impartial.
There is a website with useful links to guide the graduate student in grammar, style, evaluating web resources, and formats. The thesis advisor will provide guidance regarding the site. The site may be accessed through the University's Karrmann Library.
Oral examinations are required of all students who choose the option of writing a thesis. In consultation with their thesis advisors, students shall arrange an examination date. The thesis committee shall conduct the oral examination, with the thesis advisor serving as chair.
The oral examination will be a defense of the student's thesis. The thesis advisor will submit the committee's evaluation, in writing, to the distance learning office. The distance learning office shall inform students of their performances.
Unlike a thesis, the seminar paper need not be a report of original and independent research. It must demonstrate, however, the student's ability to survey a field of knowledge and assemble, organize, evaluate, interpret, and present evidence in a logical and intelligent manner. Although the seminar paper may originate from work done in connection with one of the student's graduate courses and be based upon a term paper or course project, it must be more comprehensive and complete in coverage and treatment.
There is a website with useful links to guide the graduate student in grammar, style, evaluating web resources, and formats. The seminar paper advisor will provide guidance regarding the site. The site may be accessed through the university's Karrmann Library.
Some programs require the completion of a capstone experience as a final project for the degree. This capstone course allows students to demonstrate their knowledge through a project that is a culmination of the experience gained in the program. Students must receive approval from their program coordinator for the capstone project.
While the expectation is that each thesis or seminar paper will be published in entirety, it is occasionally necessary to include proprietary or other sensitive information that cannot be released to the general public. Upon approval by the program coordinator and graduate dean, publication may be delayed and/or sensitive material may be removed from the public document. Removal may take the form of placing material in an unpublished appendix, substituting sample data for actual data, and similar techniques. Sections may be redacted only if there is no practical alternative. All such changes must be clearly marked in the document.
When the work includes sensitive material, its nature and handling must be discussed in the project proposal. Significant changes will require resubmitting the proposal. Where thesis committee members are required to sign a nondisclosure agreement, the agreement must include a waiver for prior knowledge.
The thesis or seminar paper should follow one of three adopted manuals:
Because tuition charges are subject to change, current figures cannot be published in a two-year catalog. For current tuition rates, visit www.uwplatt.edu/disted.
Textbook information is provided at the time of registration. Students must have textbook(s) prior to the first day of class. Be sure to match the title, author, edition, and ISBN to ensure purchasing the correct textbook. International editions may not be compatible with courses.
An Incomplete (I) may be given when a student fails to complete all requirements for a course during the term of registration.
Graduate credits in which a grade lower than a "C-" has been earned will not be counted toward a degree; however, these lower grades will be reflected in the student's grade point average.
Graduate students may repeat courses previously taken for graduate credit. Any repetition must have the approval of the student's advisor and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies before or at the time of registration. A given course may be repeated once. The grade earned in the repetition of the course replaces the grade earned initially, even if the second grade is lower than the first grade. The initial grade remains on the record but is not reflected in the grade point average.
Any student considering dropping a course should contact their advisor before dropping a course. The advisor will review the potential impact on financial aid and academic progress. To review the Distance Education Drop/Refund policy, deadlines, and fees, visit www3.uwplatt.edu/distance-education/withdraw-drop.
To be official, any withdrawal must be approved by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies, the instructors concerned, the student's advisor, the director of financial aid, and the Distance Learning Center. Grades of "F" (failure) will be recorded in the case of unofficial withdrawals. All fees and assessments must be paid before a student will be granted official clearance. Students who withdraw after the end of the tenth week of a term must petition, in writing, the dean of the School of Graduate Studies for permission to begin withdrawal procedures.
A minimum 3.00 graduate grade point average is required to maintain full standing. If the overall grade point average drops below 3.00, the student is placed on probation. If after an additional twelve graduate credits, the student's grade point average remains below 3.00, the student will be dismissed.
Graduate students are allowed seven years from the date of admission into a master's program to complete degree requirements. Extensions will be granted for unusual health conditions, fulfillment of military obligations, or other extenuating circumstances. Students may petition for an extension, in writing, to their graduate advisor. The graduate advisor will then inform the School of Graduate Studies, in writing, of his or her recommendation. The dean of the School of Graduate Studies will make the final decision.
Graduate students who are inactive (non-registration) after three academic years (fall/spring/summer) will be discontinued from their graduate program. Students may reapply for admission to the same or another graduate program. However, credits earned previously at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville may be applied to the student's graduate program only upon the approval of the student's advisor, the director/coordinator of the graduate program, and the dean of the School of Graduate Studies.
The Dean of Students handles matters involving students' rights and responsibilities. The Dean of Students responsibilities regarding discipline are two-fold: to ensure that students are treated fairly, and to see that students meet university policies and regulations. The Dean of Students is guided in this effort by Chapters 14, 17, and 18 of the Wisconsin Administrative Code and by those regulations specific to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. (See the University of Wisconsin-Platteville "Policies Governing Student Life" online at www.uwplatt.edu/university/documents/student_policies/chapter14.html for details regarding student disciplinary procedures and the conduct expectations in chapters 14, 17, and 18.)
The university may discipline a student for academic misconduct, including any of the following or similar examples of false representation of a student's performance:
For complete details, review the policy at http://www.uwplatt.edu/university/documents/student_policies/chapter14.html or request a printed version from the Office of Student Affairs.
Approximately one month prior to starting the final semester, the student must notify his/her advisor of intent to graduate by e-mailing his/her full name, degree, and month and year of anticipated graduation.
The advisor will then send an intent to graduate memo to the Distance Learning Center, with a signed copy of the student's program plan, thereby confirming that the student meets all department requirements for graduation.
The file is reviewed to verify that all payments have been received, the official transcripts are on file, and graduate school requirements have been met. The student will receive a graduation packet informing him/her that in order to apply for graduation, he/she will need to do the following by the stated deadline:
File for Master's Degree Formand mail the form and the $25 graduation fee (checks may be made payable to UW-Platteville) to: University of Wisconsin- Platteville Distance Learning Center, 1 University Plaza, Platteville, WI 53818-3099
When the student returns the
File for Master's Degree Form and
graduation fee to the Distance Learning Center, the fee is processed,
and the student will receive a confirmation letter that verifies:
Information about the graduation ceremony, purchase of caps, master's hoods and gowns, tickets and other graduation activities will be sent to students approximately two months before graduation for those who want to participate in the graduation ceremony.
The student must contact the University Bookstore at the UWPlatteville Pioneer Student Center (608.342.1486) for assistance in ordering his/her cap, gown, tassel, and master's hood. Contact the bookstore for current costs and shipping charges.
The actual diploma is not given out at graduation - it will be mailed 8-10 weeks after graduation, providing all necessary grades are posted and financial obligations have been met.
Questions regarding graduation should be directed to the Distance Learning Center at 1.800.362.5460 or 608.342.1468.
Students who complete the requirements for a master's degree are invited to be present at the following spring or fall commencement. Degrees are not conferred until after graduation when grades are posted and final graduation check has been performed.
Financial aid is a complex area within student services that requires a great deal of specialized knowledge and information. An individual consultation with the Financial Aid Office is essential to understand the implications and proper procedures or options available. NOTE: Special Students and International Students are not eligible to receive financial aid.
Students admitted to a degree program (matriculated), may qualify for federal financial aid, including loans. Eligibility for loans will be determined after completion of the U.S. Department of Education’s online financial aid application at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Paper applications are available from the Financial Aid Office. The priority date for filing is March 15 (not a deadline)
The process of determining eligibility for financial aid takes approximately eight weeks. To receive financial aid forms or to have financial aid questions answered, contact:
|Address:||Financial Aid Office|
204 Brigham Hall
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818-3099
In all correspondence with the Financial Aid Office, students should indicate they are taking classes at a distance.
Further information about financial aid can be found at the UWPlatteville Financial Aid Office website: www.uwplatt.edu/finaid.
Educational loans are available to graduate students who are regular
degree seeking students enrolled at least half-time (5 or more credits).
Students enrolled as
are not eligible for financial aid. To be
considered for loans, a student must complete the Free Application
for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov
For information on loans, please visit the Financial Aid web site at www.uwplatt.edu/finaid.
Graduate students who are eligible for educational entitlement from the Veterans Administration or from the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs should contact the certifying official in the Registrar's office, 101 Brigham Hall, 608.342.1321.
Services for Students with Disabilities works to ensure that no qualified student, solely by reason of disability, are denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any academic program or activity offered by the university. The office provides information about disability services to students and university personnel; coordinates academic accommodations and auxiliary aides; refers students to appropriate sources for non-academic accommodations or auxiliary services and provides advocacy for students with disabilities. The services are provided to assist students with disabilities in receiving the academic accommodations needed to ensure equal access to the educational environment and to assist students with disabilities in obtaining access to university programs and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate. Services for Students with Disabilities are located at 103 Warner Hall, 608.342.1818 (voice and TTY).
To begin the process of obtaining accommodations, students with disabilities must provide documentation of their disability and make their requests for accommodations known to the Services for Students with Disabilities Office as early as possible.
Web-based recruiting is one method to match employers with potential employees. A free service is available to any currently enrolled, degree-seeking UW-Platteville undergraduate and graduate student through the Pioneer Career Network (PCN) system. The first step is to access the UW-Platteville Career Center web page to register online: www3.uwplatt.edu/career-center.
The new Alumni Career Services Program provides alumni flexibility in utilizing career services provided through the Career Center by providing various service levels applicable to various stages of alums' advanced career searches. To review the levels of participation and fees associated with services, please visit the following website: www3.uwplatt.edu/career-center/alumni-career-services
The PCN system allows users to post a résumé as part of the initial registration process, edit their résumés at any time, search internship, co-op, and full-time employment opportunities, schedule campus interviews electronically, and track which companies have reviewed their résumés.
The Career Center also invites distance learning students who are
able to travel to campus to attend the bi-annual Career Fair events
held in September and February. More information can be found
on the Career Center website. The Career Center also offers the opportunity
career chat by contacting them for online advice on
résumés and job searching initiatives.
If there are any problems or questions about the Pioneer Career Network (PCN) system, résumés, or interviewing, don't hesitate to contact the Career Center.
University of Wisconsin-Platteville
1 University Plaza
Platteville WI 53818-3099
Distance Education Support@Elton S. Karrmann Library
The Karrmann Library provides information resources support to distance learning faculty and students. The library's collections include 280,500 books, 90,800 government publications, subscriptions to 700 periodicals, 60 newspapers, and 1,040 other serial titles. In addition, the library offers over 100 subscription databases (many of which offer full text journal articles), 20,000 maps, 16,000 audiovisual materials, and 1,000,000 microforms. The library's webpage provides access to its catalogue, numerous electronic resources, and other research tools. Reference service is available on the main floor of the library, by telephone 608.342.1668, toll free 1.888.450.4632 or by e-mail: Ask a Librarian! (www.uwplatt.edu/library/askalibrarian. html) from the library's homepage.