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Veteran and Active Military Support: Tutorials and Study Aids

A research guide of recommended information resources for Veterans Support

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WSU Veteran and Active Military campus resources

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Searching using article databases and the library catalog

You can use these searching tips for your classes.

  • Article databases and the catalog don't recognize phrase searching, so break your topic into the main keywords or concepts.  For example, if your topic is the effect of the serf emancipation on Russia's political structure, don't type "the effect of the serf emancipation on Russia's political structure" in the search box.  Instead, type in "'serf emancipation' AND polit* AND russia" or something similarly structured.
  • Try to think of as many different ways to describe your topic as you can.
  • When you find a good article, look at their footnotes or endnotes to see what articles the author read--you might find a few good ones that you can use. 
  • Use truncation to expand your search results, for example, if you type in "polit*" it will capture politics, political, politicize, etc.  Some databases do this automatically, but many do not. 
  • Click on linked author names, subject headings, or any other descriptive terms in book and article descriptions.

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Finding the full-text to an article when you have just a citation

How would you find the full text for the following citation?  This happens most frequently when you look in the footnotes or bibliography of an article--this is a great way to find primary sources on your topic as well.

Lindgren, James M. "The Specter of Salem: Remembering the Witch Trials in Nineteenth-Century America." New England Quarterly 82, no. 3 (September 2009): 554-557.

  1. Go to the library catalog title search page.
  2. Type your journal title (New England Quarterly) in the box. Do not type your article title in the box.
  3. If WSU owns your journal, see if we have the year, volume, and issue number you need. Note: it might be in electronic form or paper form.
  4. If WSU doesn’t have the journal you want or doesn’t have the year/volume/issue you need, use Interlibrary Loan.

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