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Online Catalog

Use the WSU Library's Online Catalog to locate books, journals, and other materials:

Keyword Anywhere search example

Enter a string of keywords in any order. This is the broadest type of search you can do in the online catalog:


Book Title search example

Enter the exact title of the book:

Journal Title search example

Enter the exact title of the journal:


Author search example

Enter author's last name first, followed by first name or first initial:



Keyword Anywhere (and, or, not) search example

Connect your search terms with the word and for more precise searching. Enclosing phrases within quotation marks ("substance abuse") makes the computer look for those words right next to each other. Using the truncation symbol ( ? ) makes the computer search for variations in word endings. For example, adolescen? looks for adolescent, adolescents, and adolescence.


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