Printing in the Library consumes a tremendous amount of resources: each semester, WSU students print approximately 1.5 million pages in the Library.

This web page offers some strategies for reducing or eliminating the need to print.

save and search PDF    save and search web archives
double-sided printing     printing powerpoint handouts


1. Don't print that PDF - Save it and Search it instead!

Many PDF files are created using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) which makes the text fully searchable by keyword. You could print that thirty page article, and then read it trying to find the sections relevant to your research, or you could save the file on your computer and search for your key terms using the search function in Adobe Reader. This will not work with PDFs created from images (as are all articles in JSTOR, for example), but in many cases it will save you time and will definitely save some paper.

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2. Don't print that web page - Save it and Search it instead!

Rather than printing a web page or an article from a database in HTML format, save it as a web archive, which you will be able to search by keyword using the find function within the browser. This method works well with Academic Search Premier and Business Source Premier.

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3. If you have to print, use both sides of the paper.

Professors might not accept final papers printed on both sides, but everything else you print can take advantage of the entire sheet of paper. If you really want to cut down on paper, try printing more than one sheet per page – more than two pages on a side remain legible, but the print will be more readable with two pages per side.

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4. If you must print a PowerPoint presentation, print handouts.

If you print PowerPoint slides, print at least three to a page (six would save even more paper), and print them double sided. Also, when printing PowerPoint slides, set them to print with no color – which will eliminate colored backgrounds that use more toner than is necessary.

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