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Books

Use the Tredway Library catalog, ALiCat, to search for books. If you're not finding what you need, repeat your search in I-Share, a catalog of books from the libraries of nearly 80 college & university libraries throughout Illinois. You can request books from any of these other libraries and usually get them within 5 business days. If you leave yourself a few days to receive books from other libraries, you're more likely to find the sources that are most appropriate for your topic.

Hints for using ALiCat & I-Share:

1. The basic search screen may be too basic - click on "Advanced Search" to see additional search options that will lead to better results.

2. Stack your keyword search terms to combine them with "and." Example: women AND Islam

3. If you find a relevant record, click on the title to see more detailed information. Notice the links next to "topics"; each of these is a hyperlink that will take you to other books about that subject.

4. Browse! You may start to notice that several books you've found in ALiCat are located close to each other on the shelves; books are organized by subject, so head up to that section of the stacks and take a look at other books that are nearby on the shelves.

 

Scholarly Articles

"Peer-reviewed," "scholarly," "refereed," "academic"...these words can be used interchangeably. They mean that a resource has been thoroughly reviewed by scholars and that the information it contains is of high quality. "Academic" sources can include books, journals, critical reviews, analyses, and original research articles.

To quickly get to shortened list of databases that are appropriate for research in Women's and Gender Studies, start at the library homepage and select "Databases" then "Anthropology, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, & WGS". Read the descriptions of the resources listed to determine which might contain scholarly articles about your particular area of interest.

Suggestions:

▪ Academic Search Complete
- After you get your results for your first search (try combining the same keywords you used in ALiCat), notice the links under "Source Types" on the left; click "Academic Journals" to focus on peer-reviewed, academic sources.
- If your results are too broad, use the links you'll find by clicking "Subject" and "Subject: Thesaurus Term" to focus your search a bit more.
- If the links to the left aren't what you're looking for, either add additional terms to your search at the top, or click into a record that's similar to what you need - you'll see a list of additional subject terms to try

The following databases are also from EBSCO, so you can use the same search techniques listed above under "Academic Search Complete":

▪ Gender Studies
▪ Family and Society Studies Worldwide

▪ JSTOR
- Go right to the "advanced search" screen.
-Below the search area, check the box by "Article," narrow to "English" using the drop-down menu, and limit to appropriate disciplines (e.g., Anthropology, Middle East Studies, etc.).

**Help! There's no link to the full text!**

1. If there's a full-text link in the database you're in, just click on it!

2. If you don't see a full-text link, go to the library homepage and click the "Journals & Magazines" tab. Enter the title of the journal to see if the full text is available somewhere else.

3. If Augustana doesn't own the article you're looking for, click on "Interlibrary Loan" under "Research Tools" on the left side of the homepage. It's free, and you'll usually get the article within 3-5 days.

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Created by Anne Earel, Reference Librarian. Updated October 2014.


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