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Urban Studies: Locating Books and Media

Urban Studies Resources

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 (videos or recordings), the Library Catalog is the place to start.  It acts like a small, online search engine, allowing you to see what books and other materials are owned by the Library.  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 search to just books or media.  Search for the main 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. 

Search the Library Catalog

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