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COMM 450 - Senior Seminar: Getting started and finding Books

This guide is for sections of the Communication & Theatre senior seminars.

General Search Tips

Use bibliographies. At the end of most professional journal articles, you will see their list of references. Use those to find more sources relevant to your topic

Follow up on authors. Finding other articles by the same author will likely lead you to other valuable resources. Some ways to do this include:

  • Go back to the databases and do an author search
  • If you have biographical information on the author, especially if they’re in a faculty position, check their departmental web site to see if their vita is online with a list of their publications.

Note terminology used. When you find one good hit, look at subject headings, descriptors, key terms, etc. for other search ideas.

Keep a search log. Nothing formal – just jot down the searches that you’ve tried (and where), along with author names, additional search terms, etc. It will help keep you from repeating yourself and will provide you with a growing list of search ideas.

Think outside the box. Don’t limit yourself to articles on your exact topic. Try to look at the bigger picture issues that contribute to your question. 

Finding Books through WorldCat Discovery

 

Background Info

Google Books

Google Book Search

Dissertations

Subject Guide

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