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FYS 100 (2): American City, American Culture (Sackley): Finding Articles & Books

This guide is to assist students with assignments and research in Dr. Sackley's FYS course.

Finding Materials in Boatwright Library

To search for books that are available here in Boatwright, use the Library Catalog tab.  Start with a keyword search or "all words" using terms such as capitalism or Adam Smith. When you have found one or two relevant books, examine their subjects headings to help guide further searching. You can also add descriptive terms such as "politics and government" or "social aspects" or for more specific searching.

If you are looking for information on a person, you should first use that person's name in a keyword search.  However, many books will have information on persons that is not evident from the information in the catalog.  To find these books, you should use the browsing guide on the left and scan the tables of contents and indexes of books in the appropriate call number area.

If you are looking for secondary articles, you should start in one of our databases like JSTOR, or --especially for history research topics-- America: History & Life. Use keyword searching to find articles and be sure to utilize the many options available for limited your search if the amount of results is too large. 

If you are looking for Primary Sources, try including the word "source" or "sources" in your keyword or subject search to get better results.  For Newspaper or Article information, see that LibGuide tab for more information.

You can search by book Title, Author, All words or Subject heading

OneSearch on the library homepage is a great way to start your research.  After entering a search term, you will see results that include articles, books, electronic books and resources, and newspaper articles.  Options on the left side will help you refine your results via several different parameters, including type, subject, location, and date.  However, you might want to try other, more specific, search options as well.

Book Review Guide

Journal Article Databases

The most comprehensive way to locate articles is to use the "Article" tab located on the library's homepage, where you can search by keyword, author, or title.  If you are looking for a specific journal, use the "Journal Titles" tab to see the different ways to access the journal.  Several databases specifically for locating journal articles are listed below.

Using the Catalog

Books available in the University of Richmond Libraries are all listed in the UR Library Catalog.

You can search by book title, author, keyword or subject heading

Interlibrary Loan

Can't find what you're looking for in the UR Library catalog? Use the box below to search in WorldCat. You can request it from another library by clicking the "Request Item" button.

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Other Sources of Books