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IDIS 335: Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies: Find books

In the research process: BOOKS

1. Explore topic context (casual web searching)
2. Learn basic topic information (library catalog: books)
3. Find a "niche" by the current scholarly conversations (library databases: articles)
4. Synthesize your ideas with previous scholarship (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (librarians & learning commons)

Why use books for Research?

Why use books for my research?                                      

  • Detailed analysis of a topic                    
  • Background information                    
  • Overview of big issue                    
  • Use their bibliographies to find other sources

+Search for books

Keywords:     art history    theory

1. Start out broadly: art history

2. Add theory

3. We are interested in background information. Limit results to BOOKS in the catalog.

Not finding items that are useful?

  • Sort your results by "Relevance" instead of "Library and Relevance"- you can change this in the upper right part of the screen.
  • Change up your search terms. Instead of theory, try:
    • ​concepts
    • research methods
    • methodology
    • historiography
    • foundations
  • Explore the related search terms located at the bottom of each catalog record. These can provide suggestions for additional keywords, themes, and materials related to your topic.
  • Think in broad and narrow ways about your topic.

Not owned by SU? Order through ILL.

Found it in the catalog? Use the call number locator to find it in the building

Call Number Locator: The call number of a library item is like a home address. Copy and paste any call number you find in the library catalog to see where it lives in the library.