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WRI 1100: Plett: Get Started

Online Tutorials

Please see your class assignments for the projects that accompany these tutorials:

Session Outline

  • Introduction and Overview of Library Services (10 min)
  • Finding Books - in the SPU Library and Beyond (15 min)
  • Google, Library Databases, and Google Scholar (20 min)
  • Organizing your research - Citation Managers (RefWorks) (10 min)
  • Searching Time (15 min)
  • Wrap-up/Questions/Evaluation (10 min)

Finding Books

Search with keywords or subject headings for your topic in the SPU Catalog for books


If a book looks on-topic, open the 'Details' tab and click on other subject headings to find additional similar materials:

library catalog search showing details tab and subject headings

Or click on the 'Virtual Browse' tab to see what books would be near it on the shelf:

Finding Articles

Search with keywords from your topic in the SPU Databases for articles.

Try "Academic Search Premier"

Depending on your topic, you might want to add another database to your search.

    • Click on "Choose Databases" above the search boxes.
    • Check the box for the databases you want to add.
    • Hit "okay" and go back to your search screen
    • Ask a Librarian for help with choosing the right databases


Where is the actual article?

  • Full-text HTML or PDF in the database
  • Click on “Check for full-text”
  • In print or on microfilm at the SPU Library (“SPU holds this title”)
  • Area libraries such as the University of Washington or Seattle University
  • Interlibrary Loan

Please contact me or another librarian if you are having difficulty obtaining the full text of an article.

Subject Guide