Library and Information Science

This is a guide for research in Library and Information Science.


This guide is your starting place for research in Library and Information Science. In it, you will find library resources and high-quality web resources related to:

And course-specific content for core requirements:

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Rachael Clark

This guide is a collaborative work-in-progress, developed with the suggestions and feedback from students and faculty in the School of Library and Information Science.

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Summon allows you to search almost all of the library's full-text resources simultaneously. It can be a good place to start your search. The Powerpoint below provides a brief overview on using Summon and the short video demonstrates advanced search techniques.  Use the search box to give it a try!

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Basic Reference and Research Titles

The Elements of Library Research by Mary W. George; Mary W. W. George

This book introduces students to the information-seeking process. It focuses on basic concepts, strategies, tools, and tactics for research--in both electronic and print formats.

eBook, requires WSU Access ID & Password

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Sciences , John D. McDonald (Editor); Michael Levine-Clark (Editor)

The fourth edition compiles the contributions of major researchers and practitioners and explores the cultural institutions of more than 30 countries. This major reference presents over 550 entries extensively reviewed for accuracy in seven print volumes or online. The new fourth edition, which includes 55 new entries and 60 revised entries, continues to reflect the growing convergence among the disciplines that influence information and the cultural record, with coverage of the latest topics as well as classic articles of historical and theoretical importance.

eBook, requires WSU Access ID & Password

Librarian's Guide to Online Searching by Suzanne S. Bell

Strategies and tools for efficient online searching in this guide to commonly available subject databases. Sample exercises and questions to test searching skills are based on real-world problems.

eBook, requires WSU Access ID & Password

Online Searching by Karen Markey

A complete guide for the aspiring expert searcher, explaining important online searching concepts and practices, demonstrating them visually in figures and videos, and inviting you to get hands-on practice by completing its end-of-the-chapter questions and comparing your online experiences with its suggested answers.

eBook, requires WSU Access ID & Password

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