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COMM 430: Communication Research and Inquiry

Search for Books and ebooks

SmartSearch is a great place to discover content from the WSU University Libraries' collection.  Use the search box on the homepage of the WSU Libraries to get started, or type your search terms into the box below.


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Locating books and ebooks after you have searched

Just like print books, the library catalog linked above can help you access ebooks.  In the search results, ebooks will have a [electronic resource] tag.

Catalog search result

When you click on the catalog record for an ebook, it will have no call number (because it has no physical shelf location).  Instead, it will have a hyperlink that says, "click here for electronic book."  Simply click the link, and you can read (and print from, if you like) the ebook on your computer screen.

Catalog record

The library catalog linked above can also help you access print books.  Books in the library are organized via the Library of Congress Classification system.  In the search results, books will have a call number derived from this classification system -- in the example below, P94.6 .L845 2012:

Catalog record for a print book


Here is an explanation of how to read a call number:

How to read a call number

Graphic from California State University, Chico

Interlibrary loan

Student studying

Ron Wiecki. (2010, Mar. 12). Modern Studying. Retrieved from Used under the Creative Commons License.


Borrow books and articles from other libraries! Log into Interlibrary Loan with your myWSU ID and password to request a copy of an article or book. Articles are emailed to you and requests can usually be filled within a day or so. Books take 3-5 days on average and are sent to Ablah Library for you to pick up. It's free!

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