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WRT 110/105 Introduction to College Writing

This guide will assist students enrolled in WRT 110/105 (or anyone needing a review) with the basic research process for papers and assignments.

CentralSearch Catalog

You can use the CentralSearch box below to conduct a search for materials in the physical  and digital collection here at the Elihu Burritt Library.

Searching for Books/Media

One of the best places to look for books and media for assignments is in the library catalog. It will mainly let you know what we have in our physical collection, but it will also provide  links to e-books and other e-resources. You do not look for articles here. You can perfrom the following searches:

  • Title when you know the title (name) of a book
  • Subject when you know the official Library of Congress Subject Heading
  • Journal Title when you're looking to see if the library subscribes to a print periodical (newspaper, magazine, or journal)
  • Author when you know the author of a book
  • Call Number when you want to browse the library's collection by call number

Keyword vs. Subject Searching

Do you know the difference between keyword and subject searching when looking forbooks and articles?

Use a Keyword search when:

You are not sure what you are looking for

You are using natural language

You can use several terms to describe your topic

You want to broaden your search.

Use a Subject search when:

You are looking for information about something, someone, or someplace (i.e. books about Toni Morrison, not books written by her)

You want to locate all relevant resources about your topic

You are looking for information that may be represented by a term that has many meanings
or could occur in various contexts (e.g. “management”). Browse the "subject search results" list to
find the Subheading that applies to your topic

You want to exclude results which are not about your topic (e.g.
Depression, Mental vs.Depression -1929 United States)

You want to make your search more specific.

Searching for Articles

How to Search for Articles Using the Library's Website

US Newsstream

Video: Finding Books in CentralSearch

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