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Intraunv 104: New Student Seminar (Prof. Yin): Finding Books

This guide will help students do research to support their sustainability video assignment

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Use Catalogs to Find Books & Videos

Research@UWW, the Andersen Library Catalog, contains records of library holdings, such as books, videos, and government documents. It provides the call number and location, which are needed to find these materials in the Library.

The Catalog does not help locate journal, magazine or newspaper articles; to find these periodical articles see the Finding Articles tab.

Access Research@UWW from the main search box on the Library  home page.

Briefly, it is worthwhile to be both comprehensive and detailed when searching. Be thorough by using synonyms and truncation when there are multiple ways to refer to an idea. Be focused by using "and" to combine different ideas together. To do a nested search, use the Advanced Search option in the catalog.

Sample Keyword (use and, or, not) searches:

"wind power" or "wind energy"

"electronic waste"

"alternative fuel?"

Book isn't here? Use UW System Borrowing or ILLiad (Interlibrary Loan) to borrow from other libraries.

Use Reference Universe to find Reference Books

Reference Universe  is different from most Andersen Library databases in that it looks for entries in reference books, such as encyclopedias, owned by the Library. Reference Universe works when searched using simple methods, such as searching for a few words or a phrase. Unlike other databases, truncation and nesting will not help you.

Sample searches:

renewable energy

biomass fuel

wind energy


After running a search, click on "View x Index Entries" or "View x Article Title" to get the page numbers of the entry and then, back on the result screen, click on the book title to get the location and call number. Once you get this information you can go to the Main or Reference collection to find the book, or click on the ebook link to view it online.

Enter your search terms: