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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.

Search across multiple article databases

SmartSearch is a great place to discover content from many resources at once. One search will locate print books, ebooks, journal articles, magazines, videos, digital items, and more - all related to your topic.  Use the search box on the homepage of the WSU Libraries to get started, or type your search terms into the box below.

While this single search system is convenient, getting these different resources to integrate into a single set of search results doesn't always present you with the most targeted, relevant results possible.  For a greater level of specificity, try searching the individual databases linked in the tab on the left.

SmartSearch video tutorial

Interlibrary loan

Found an abstract accompanied by a note that we don't have that particular work in our collection?  No problem -- just request the item through Interlibrary loan.  Click on the interlibrary loan link in the navigation menu to the left.

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