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COMM 260 Bown: Find books

In the research process: BOOKS

1. Explore topic context & primary sources (the open web)
2. Learn the background (library catalog: books)
3. Scholarly conversations (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Rinse, repeat; drafts & revisions (research librarians, writing center)



Using WorldCat Discovery to find books on a research topic

Keywords:     recycling      college campus        programs

Start out using a broad-to-narrow keyword search strategy. Use one or two umbrella keywords, and narrow results with additional qualifiers. 

1. recycling

2. add "college campus" - notice your results are fewer yet more specific. Limit to Books.

3. If you get few results, consult synonyms and use "sustainability" instead.

4. Open the title link for the book: The campus and environmental responsibility by David J Eagan, David W Orr

5. Review Table of Contents, Location, Status, and Call Number.

6. Copy the call number of this book and use the Call Number Locator tool to find it.

7. Citation Generator & Permalink

Quick poll

Books are excellent scholarly sources for finding ________ on a topic.
New original research studies: 0 votes (0%)
Background information: 2 votes (66.67%)
Government information: 0 votes (0%)
Statistical data: 1 votes (33.33%)
Total Votes: 3

Call Number Locator

Call Number Locator

The call number of a library item is similar to a home address.

Copy and paste any call number you find in WorldCat Discovery to see where it lives in the library.