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IS 101: Introductory Research Tips and Review:

Research tips for introduction AND review.

Why use a Book?

Why use a book?

When you want...
An in-depth look at a topic
A book
And know that...

Books could be scholarly or popular.

Books gather lots of research together and make connections--like the perfect search results page.

You don't have to read the whole thing--you can read the intro (to get an overview) or a chapter or two.

Use OneSearch to find books and other physical items in the library

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Search for ebooks, books, DVDs, CDs, print journals, scores, and other physical items in the library.

Book Searching Tips

1. Use the search box in the middle of the library homepage OR the embedded search box to the right. To see ONLY books, click on "Books, Media, and More" after you see your search results. Too exclude e-books and anything already checked out, next click "Available in Library." Note the Availability, Location, and Call Number. Find on the shelf!

2. Or, go directly to "Advanced Search" (on both the homepage and on the OneSearch results interface) and choose to get only "Books" in your results (or DVDs, or whatever).

3. Keep those keywords general--OneSearch can't actually search inside the whole book, just the title and chapter headings.

4. The date of the book matters more or less depending on your topic.

WorldCat and ILL: Order items from anywhere in the world for free!

1. Click on WorldCat from the Databases A-Z list.

2. Search for and choose an item. If Wartburg doesn't own it, request by clicking "Interlibrary Loan via ILLiad." Sign in or sign up for your account. Submit!

3. You'll be emailed when your item has arrived; you'll pick it up at the library circulation desk. Let us know of any issues.

4. If you need to make an ILL account, click on any ILL button (from the homepage or within a database) and fill out the form.

5. You can request items manually or have the forms filled automatically by requesting from within WorldCat or another database.