A Guide to Finding Library Resources
Tips | Internet Searching | Finding
Articles | Finding Books | Citing
Your Sources |
Washburn students may search many
of the resources listed here from any computer with Internet access.
To access restricted resources, you will be prompted to enter your name
and WU ID number.
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|Allows you to search for the
appearance of a word anywhere in an item record in the library catalog
or in the full text of a journal article
AND, OR, NOT
(or phrases) with AND, OR, NOT to search for more than one word
at a time and specify the relationship between the words
results will contain both terms
nonverbal communication and marriage
results will contain either term
interpersonal relationships or interpersonal
results will not contain the excluded term
"dating services" not "single
|Short words (in, of, at, for,
the) which cannot be used as keywords. The use of stopwords in a
keyword search, such as communication in
marriage, may yield no search results
|What's the difference between
the Library's electronic databases and Internet sites reached by
using Yahoo or Google? Check out this research
guide for the answer. To find more scholarly content on the
Internet, try these Internet search tools:
||Once you know the basics of Google search,
you might want to try Advanced Search, which offers numerous options
for making your searches more precise and getting more useful results.
||Google Scholar, in beta testing, provides
a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one
place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: peer-reviewed
papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers,
professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and
other scholarly organizations.
||INFOMINE is a virtual library of Internet
resources relevant to faculty, students, and research staff at the
university level. It contains useful Internet resources such as
databases, electronic journals, electronic books, bulletin boards,
mailing lists, online library card catalogs, articles, directories
of researchers, and many other types of information.
Live Academic Search
||Windows Live Academic is now in beta. It
currently indexes content related to computer science, physics,
electrical engineering, and related subject areas. Academic Search
enables you to search for peer reviewed journal articles contained
in journal publisher portals and on the web in locations like Citeseer.
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Scholarly journals are often key resources
for academic assignments. The articles in a scholarly, academic
journal are reviewed and evaluated by experts in the field prior
to publication. This process assures the reader that the content
is reliable and timely.
Can't tell the difference? Check out this
guide that will help you identify scholarly journals. In some
electronic databases, such as Expanded
Academic ASAP and Wilson
OmniFile Full-text, you may limit your search to articles
in peer-reviewed journals.
||Includes the full-text
of 19 journals published by SAGE and participating societies, some
journals going back 23 years, encompassing over 5,000 articles.
Explore the following if
you need help selecting a topic for an argument paper
- News magazines
- Magazines in a particular field
- Vital Speeches of the Day (WU
Mabee Periodicals Lower level)
To narrow your search
to articles that present different points of view, try these strategies
- Conduct a keyword search for
your topic and include some form of the word argue, pros,
cons, opposing, viewpoints, against,
issues, opinion, or refute.
- Look for a sub-directory or subheading
that includes the phrase Moral and Ethical Aspects, Psychological
Aspects, Public Opinion, or Social Aspects
Search these databases
to find full-text newspaper articles
articles on a particular topic is a three-step process:
The Library's Web-based online
catalog is called ATLAS.
Use the library catalog to search for books, course reserves,
CDs, DVDs, videotapes, and journal titles (not
journal articles). You may search by title, author,
subject, a combination of author and title, or by periodical
title. Keyword searching using AND, OR, NOT is also supported.
Access it from the Library's home page
To find books that compile
pro/con arguments about contemporary social issues, try these
|Conduct a "keyword"
search of the library catalog
for opposing viewpoints, at issue, current controversies,
contemporary issues, contemporary world issues, reference
shelf, taking sides, or library in a book to retrieve
a list of titles in these collections.
Need more help?
|Check out this research
guide on how
to find books in the Mabee Library.
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Style manuals provide the necessary
information for documentation and style in writing research papers and
reports. Check out the research guides on the different styles if you
need help citing your sources.
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