Book it! Virtual Research Tips from a Virtual Mentor

Virtual Mentor Renée Young speaking at a Soulumination event
Hello, everyone! My name is Renée Young, and I am a Virtual Mentor. I live with my husband of 35 years in Seattle, where we raised three children.

We lost our son Christopher after a long battle with childhood brain cancer. He was a caring, wickedly funny kid who kept us all in check, especially his two older sisters. We are ridiculously happy to be the grandparents of three little ones.

If you are one of the many students returning to the classroom, I can relate to your journey! The last time I sat in a college classroom was in the early 80s at Seattle University. I was rocking the lavishly applied makeup and big hair the era was known for. It still cracks me up to think about it! No laptops, just bravado, a pencil, and a notebook.

After my son’s death and 15 years as an advocate for families in the pediatric healthcare setting, I needed a new direction in my life. I was terrified to re-enter the world of academia after so many years. I faced my fears, and lack of technical skills, and enrolled at WSU. The Global Campus offered a flexible academic experience that fit into my busy life, and I was very grateful for that. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and social sciences in 2013 and went straight into the Virtual Mentor Program.

I enjoy helping others and offering a hand to charities I know change lives. The Virtual Mentor role of helping students achieve their goals fits into my current life goals and is a gratifying experience. Seeing a thank you from a busy student brightens my day!

I recently discovered Global Campus students have access to a helpful resource for their research projects: the “Book a Librarian” tool. This resource allows you to make a virtual appointment (in-person appointments are welcome too), with a librarian who can assist you in narrowing your research topic, finding resources (books, articles, etc.) and creating effective search strategies. Please note that this service requires a 48-hour notice. You can request your appointment here:

If your research involves government documents, WSU has you covered there as well! A collection of government documents is available through WSU Libraries. You can access government documents by visiting the Government Documents for Undergraduates Home Page. You will discover valuable information about federal government materials and state and local documents, as well as international documents and foreign government materials at the Government Documents page.

Lorena O’English is a Government Information Librarian who can help you find any government document and ease your journey through government databases.

Contact Lorena O’English at:
Phone: (509) 335-2695

Enjoy your academic journey, knowing that WSU Global Campus has the resources and Virtual Mentors to support you.

See you in class!

Renée Young, Virtual Mentor