Scholarly books can also be excellent sources for locating background information or placing your topic in context with related issues. Search Collins Library Primo Search for titles. A sampling of potentially relevant books is listed below.
Collins Library uses the Library of Congress classification scheme to organize books on the shelves. Follow these tips to find the book you need.
Selecting the best or most appropriate finding aid for identifying sources depends almost entirely on the context of your research assignment. There is no single database or web search interface that will work for every research context; instead, you'll need to match your specific research needs to a variety of options.
Subject databases (i.e., Philosopher's Index) are the best choice for identifying the widest range of sources on a topic within a specific academic discipline. Recommended subject databases for each discipline can be found on the "articles" tab in each library subject guide.
Library catalog searches (i.e., Primo) can be the better choice when you are seeking in-depth, book-length treatments of a topic.
Multidisciplinary databases (i.e., JSTOR) can be the most appropriate choice when you just want to get a sense of what's available on a topic and when it isn't so important that you pay attention to disciplinary lenses.
|quotation marks||Searches for exact phrase|
|Truncation (usually an *)||Searches for all forms of a word|
|Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)||Lets you broaden or narrow your search|
|Database thesaurus or index||Allows you to pinpoint the exact indexing terms the database uses|
These sources contain material that is available under or a Puget Sound license. read the small print to confirm that you can use this material for your project!
The Library of Congress provides a great overview of how to cite images and other primary source materials like paintings, photographs, and documents. Visit their site for instructions for using images in papers in Chicago, MLA, and APA format: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/usingprimarysources/citing.html
This subject guide highlights only a small portion of the many resources available to you. If you're not finding what you need, don't hesitate to contact Katy!