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FYS 100 (15): Power and Prejudice of Language: Essential Tools for Research

Finding Books in Boatwright Library

To search specifically for books in Boatwright, use the Library Catalog. When dealing with a topic that can be used in many fields it is best to add a second word that describes your area of interest.  Remember that books are generally on broader  topics than journal articles and that you are not searching the full text, only the titles, subject headings, and--if you're lucky--the table of contents. You can also use Onesearch and limit your results to items in the library catalog. Book reviews can also be extremely helpful in identifying the most useful books.  For narrower topics, search for journal articles in one of the journal databases listed under "Find Articles," such as Communication and Mass Media Complete, or by using the "Articles" tab in the search box on the library's main page..

Below are some subject headings you may find useful:

Language and Culture--United States

English Language--United States

Communication and culture--United States.

English Language--Social Aspects--United States

English Language--Dialects--United States

English Language--Variation

Basic Library Tools

Clicking on the title of a book from the list of results  displays the details about the title, it location, its availability, the subject headings assigned to it, and often its contents.

Depending on the type of material,  you may need to use the location and call number information to find the material on the shelf in the library, or, if it is an online resource, click on the link to the full text.

On the right side of the page, you also have options to email, save to a citation database format, or add to a list of saved titles in in your account (you'll have to sign in to do this). Simply click on the available links.

Further information on choosing databases in Ebscohost and doing combined searches can be found on this guide:

Further information on searching Academic Search Complete and other Ebscohost databases can be found on this Help page:

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