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Bus/Econ 380: Research Methods in Economics/Business: Books


Start with Keywords

All research begins with the words that you use to think about your topic. These keywords are the natural language you use to describe your topic. Start your search using keywords to begin your search for books, DVDs, and other material in Library OneSearch.

Subject Headings

A subject heading is a phrase librarians assign to an item to describe its contents or subject. The keywords you use to describe your topic may not be the same ones the catalog uses, which is why it's important to move from your keywords to the appropriate subject heading. Start by searching for keywords, but don't stop there!  From the catalog results list, find an item of interest and click on the full record to see the subject headings assigned to that item. Click on the relevant subject heading to retrieve items in the same category.

Finding Books

1.) Library OneSearch

  • Search by Keyword (use boolean logic)
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Browse the shelves by Call Number

2.) Finding e-Books in K Library Collections

  • Ebook Central (ProQuest)
    collection of academic ebooks
  • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
    collection of full-text ebooks (MeL resource) & library purchased ebooks
  • search by keyword, full-text, author, and more

3.) MeLCat

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • About MeLCat

4.) WestCat WMU Library Catalog
(included in MeLCat, but if you want your materials faster, just walk to WMU!)

5.) Interlibrary Loan

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Order item through ILLiad - Interlibrary Loan

Using Subject Headings

Search by Keyword and look for Subject Headings in individual records.
To modify a search:

  • Use words from the Subject Heading in a Keyword search
  • Click on the Subject Heading itself

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