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Women's and Gender Studies (WGS): Locating Books and Media

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Why Use Books?

For many, the idea of using a book to locate information might seem old fashioned.  But, the reality is that there is still a lot of information NOT available online.  The library owns a wide variety of print resources on topics related to Communicationy, all of which can be found using the online catalog. 

Our extensive collection of reference books provides a great starting point for your research projects, allowing you to learn about your topic, before you start searching for articles in our many databases.

Finding Books & Media

When looking for books or media (video or audio recordings), the library catalog is a great place to start.  The catalog allows you to find books and other materials are owned by the Library and selected for the topics explored in thecurriculum.  Using the Find Books & Media in the Online Catalog link on the Library website, enter simple terms or concepts, rather than long phrases and questions. You can limit your searches to using many qualifiers such as electronic books, printed books available to check out, streaming media, etc.

 Here are some library catalog searche related to various topics explored by students:

To develop your search statement, use the key words of your concept such as “body image” rather than “the effects of media on women and body image"  In this case, less is better…  Too many terms make it harder to find resources!

For more specific searches, or to combine multiple concepts (i.e., author and title), use the Advanced Search option.

Beware! While the Online Catalog can tell you whether WPU subscribes to a journal or magazine, it cannot tell you what articles are within those items.




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This isn't the place you'd go to find research articles, though!  Need articles? Try Finding Articles in Databases.