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Starting Your Search
It can be intimidating to use the library and start a research project, but fear not we (the librarians and your professor) are here every step of the way.
- It helps to start by writing a list of terms that you will use in your search.
- Keep notes as you research, the terms you used, where you searched, what you found.
- Once you have some terms do some background research to add more terms to your list.
- Now you have a bit more information on your topic start looking for more in depth information.
- Search for books, use the bibliography to find even more books or articles.
- Use library databases to search for articles.
- As you encounter words, time periods, names, places etc. that you don't know circle back to do more background reading.
Oxford Reference This link opens in a new window
- Why search here? You need preliminary background information for an assignment.
- What's included? A collection of electronic encyclopedias and dictionaries published by Oxford University Press.
To find books (and more!) use DePauw's Discovery search. It will also search materials owned by libraries all over the world.
HathiTrust This link opens in a new window
- Why search here? You need digitized access to books and journals otherwise not available electronically.
- What's included? Full-text access and downloading is available for materials published before 1923, including: US federal government documents; works still protected by copyright, but made available to HathiTrust with the permission of the copyright holder.
Academic Search Complete This link opens in a new window
- Why search here? Great starting point, with something for every subject!
- What's included? Lots of full-text, mostly peer-reviewed and recent, with some older and popular sources.
JSTOR This link opens in a new window
- Why search here? It’s an excellent tool for scholarly articles and books/chapters from university presses, covering most disciplines.
- What's included? The collection's strength lies in its complete back issues of journal titles covering 75 disciplines, while a weakness is a "moving wall" limiting access to the most recent journal issues - the coverage skews older, so it’s not always a great starting point for researching topics that need to have the most current sources.
Project Muse This link opens in a new window
- Why search here? You need scholarly articles on the humanities and social sciences.
- What's included? Project Muse is a collection of established and longstanding scholarly journals in full-text for humanities and social sciences journals. Strengths of this collection include its caliber of content with historical and the current holdings.
All the databases the libraries subscribe to. Choose a subject from the drop down list at the top of the page.
Using Interlibrary Loan
Sometimes, especially with Roy O. closed, we don't have access to the item you want, but we have a way of getting it for you...Interlibrary Loan. If you don't find a link to full-text or a call number, you'll see one of these buttons:
If you request a physical item (book, DVD, score, etc.) using Interlibrary Loan, it can take up to 7-10 days to be received. When the item comes in, you will be notified by e-mail. Some items will be available electronically (articles, book chapters) in your ILL account; others you will pick up at the Circulation desk in Prevo Science Library.
Login to your Library Account to enter information for a request that you need to make manually, to check the status of a request, or to request a renewal.