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+In the research process: BOOKS
1. Explore topic basics (casual web searching)
2. Background (library catalog: books)
3. Current research (library databases: journal articles)
4. Support your argument (source citation)
5. Drafts & revisions (research librarians & Writing Center)
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
TIPS TO REMEMBER WHEN SEARCHING IN THE CATALOG:
- Search by "RELEVANCY ONLY" to ensure the most relevant results to your search appear near the top.
- Limit your searches by "FORMAT" on the left side of the search page.
- When you find items you'd like to use in your research, be sure to see what SUBJECT TERMS were used
- When looking for primary sources, consider:
- primary documents
- ...and more
Ways to Get Resources
There are three ways to get library books here at SU. In the order you should look for your item, you can borrow from
- SU Libraries
- Direct Borrowing from our consortium,The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI)
- Interlibrary loan (ILL) from libraries outside USMAI
Policies can be seen here.
To check the status of items or renew them online: ILL, USMAI. All accounts use the same login information (what is used for Gullnet, email, and campus computers).
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.
What are subject headings?
Subject headings are a type of controlled vocabulary that is used to take the guesswork out of searching by using a single term to describe a subject.
Look to the bottom of a book record to see what subject headings are assigned to the book- you can use those terms as keywords, or see what other titles have been assigned the same subject headings.