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GART 460: Senior Seminar I: Books & Articles

Search Everything

The best place to begin your search for credible information sources is the search box on the library's home page. This simple, powerful discovery tool will help you find physical items in our library (e.g. books, DVDs, reference materials), tens of thousands of ebooks available online, and subscription-only content from scholarly journals, trade publications, popular magazines, and newspapers.

big search box on the library's home pageUsing the library's search box allows you to search multiple databases and thousands of periodicals all at once. The library subscribes to over 60 databases--some are focused on periodicals related to a specific subject/topic, others gather sources related to a broad range of disciplines. Rather than searching each database individually, search them all at once.

Finding Books in Van Wagenen Library

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Enter two or three keywords in the search box. You may need to try different combinations of words to find exactly what you're looking for. To limit your search to physical books located on the shelves of VanWagenen Library, check the box next to "Print Books Only" in the "Limit To" box on the left side of the page.  Once you've found a book you're interested in, write down the "call number" provided.

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Look for the signs on the ends of the rows to help you find the shelf that has your book.

Library shelf guide signscall number on book spine

Books about similar subjects are grouped together on the shelves, so take a look at the books beside the one you were initially interested. Chances are good you'll find other relevant sources nearby!

If you need help, ask a librarian or staff member at the main desk on the library's first floor.

Finding Articles

The main search box on the library's home page allows you to limit your search to a specific type of resource, e.g. books, articles, course reserve materials, etc.

If you're looking only for articles--including scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles--use the dropdown menu beside the main search box to select "Find Articles." (FYI: The "Find Journal Title" option will only help you see if we subscribe to a certain journal; it won't search for specific articles published in that journal.)

Dropdown menu of main search box

Enter a few important subject-related keywords in the search box and hit the "Search" button.

You can narrow your results even further on your search results screen. If you're only interested in articles from Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed journals, look for the "Limit To" box on the left side of the page and click the box that says "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals." Your results list will be updated to weed out non-scholarly sources.

Scholarly Peer Reviewed Journals limiter