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RUSS 401 - Independent Study: Finding Books

How Do I Find Books?

As you begin your research it can be helpful to locate some books on your topic. You can use CONSORT, the online catalog of library materials, to find relevant books. CONSORT is the shared library catalog for Wooster, Denison, Kenyon, and Ohio Wesleyan. CONSORT can be accessed from the Libraries’ home page or via the “Library Quick Links” on any Library web page.

You can start with a Keyword search using the search strategies listed under the Research Basics tab.  So, for this example we can search for: women and Russia. Once you have results, the results list will provide you with basic information to locate the item.  Items with a location beginning with WOO are immediately available to Wooster Patrons.  Items with a location other than Wooster can be obtained using the process described under the Requesting a Book tab above.


Expanding Your Search for Books

One of the keys to conducting research is to find the correct terms used in any database you are searching.  In the CONSORT catalog that would be the Subject headings (terms).  Once you find an item that is highly relevant you can look at the full record and look at the Subjects.  You can click on a specific subject in order to find other items with that same heading.  These items should be similar in the nature of the topic covered.  You might also select terms from those subject headings for another search such as: sports and gender and media.

Another method for expanding your search for books and other resources is to perform a search in CONSORT and once you have examined the results there, return to the results page and click the red Search OhioLink button at the top of the page.

You can now browse the collections of over 90 other libraries in Ohio and request items be delivered to you here at Wooster (see the Requesting Books tab above).

Subject Guide