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WSU Reads 2017: The Influencing Machine

Books Related to The Influencing Machine

Find books related to the history and influence of the media, a central theme in The Influencing Machine, in the WSU Libraries Catalog

Sample keyword search:

  • "investigative reporting" AND history (Use quotation marks to keep the words together as a phrase in the search)
  • journalism AND "21st century"

Find books related to the topic of ethics in journalism and investigative reporting, a central theme in The Influencing Machine, in the WSU Libraries Catalog

Sample keyword searches: 

  • ethics AND journalism
  • ethics AND "investigative reporting" (use quotation marks to keep words together as a phrase in the search)
  • "Sensationalism in journalism"
  • journalism AND accountability
  • "moral and ethical aspects" AND journalism


Find books related to the influence of journalism, a central theme in The Influencing Machine, in the WSU Libraries Catalog. Note that it will be important to identify WHAT has been influenced by the news, such as history, public opinion, legislation, etc.

Sample keyword search: news AND influence AND history

Find other comic books or graphic novels about nonfiction topics in the WSU Libraries Catalog.

Search tip: Go to Advanced Search and search for "comic books" as a subject. Use quotation marks to keep the words together as a phrase.

Also add some type of topic area, such as:

  • war
  • aging
  • biography

Add NOT fiction or NOT juvenile in the last box to retrieve results that do NOT include these words. (Young adult and children's books are identified as juvenile literature or juvenile fiction in the catalog)

Tips for Finding Books in the University Libraries

Where do I find books?
You can search for and find books in the following places: 

WSU Libraries Catalog - Use the libraries' catalog to find books, e-books, documents, media, and other materials located in the library.

Other Library Catalogs - In addition to WSU's library catalogs, you can also search and find books in the catalogs of other institutions, such as WorldCat, the Kansas Library Catalog, and the Wichita Public Library. 

Interlibrary Loan - If the libraries at WSU do not have the book you are looking for, you can request an interlibrary loan to borrow the book from another institution. 

How do I find and access electronic books?
In addition to books in print, WSU libraries also offer electronic books. You can search for them the same way you would any other book by using the WSU Libraries Catalog, or you can search the libraries' various ebook collections in the list of electronic databases. To learn how to access and download these books, visit the library's Electronic Books libguide. A few of the ebook collections are listed below: 


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