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Library Research Strategies

What types of sources will I find?

What types of sources are you likely to find when you search?  The answer depends on which resources you use to conduct your searches - databases will get you articles, the library catalog will get you books, the Web will get you websites, etc,  You can find links to these resources in the find background info, find articles, and find books and ebooks tabs in this guide's navigation menu.  What types of sources are best for your research project?  You can compare characteristics of different sources on the Types of sources tab under Evaluating information in the navigation menu.

Ask a Librarian

Visit a librarian at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library or contact a Subject Librarian to make an appointment. See the full schedule of library hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

Circulation Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3582
Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584
Music Library  316-978-3029
Chemistry Library  316-978-3764
Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

Email a librarian with your question.

Find books and ebooks

Covering virtually any topic, books synthesize a lot of information on one or more topics useful for your research. You may need only one or two chapters to get the information you need.  Books can help you:

  • get an extensive amount of information on a topic
  • put your topic in context with other important issues
  • find historical or background information
  • find summaries of research to support an argument
  • find bibliographies of additional references that point to other relevant research

There are two ways to search for books in the WSU University Libraries collection.  One way is to use SmartSearch in the box below.  The other way is to search our book catalog directly, the process for which is detailed in the Search for books and ebooks tab to the left.

Image of a book

Hugo. (2008, Dec 10). Human Rights. Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/h_de_c/3291979569. Used under the Creative Commons License.

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