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Research Guide: IS&T 1100 -  The Wired Society

Library  Resources

Stewart Library owns or has access to a large number of resources to help in your research.  

Connecting from home:  For library databses, you 'll need your student ID #, beginning with W.  Don't know it?  Directions are available on our Connecting from Home Guide.

Getting Started:  if you're not sure of a topic or need some background information, reference books can be very helpful.  Some good ones to start with are:

AccessScience - science encyclopedia requires WSU ID

Xreferplus - dictionaries & encyclopedias covering many topics

requires WSU ID
Oxford Reference Online - dictionaries & encyclopedias covering many topics requires WSU ID
Dictionary of the History of Ideas (old, but useful for earlier history.) REF   CB 5 .D52 9973
Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Nestern Cultures REF   Q124.8.E53 1997
The Wilson Chronology of Science and Technology REF   Q125.O26 1997
African American Firsts in Science & Technology REF   Q141.W43 1999
Science in Dispute REF   Q175.S364 2002
Encyclopedia of Ethics in Science and Technology REF   Q175.35.B37 2002
Encyclopedia of Computers and Computer History REF   QA76.15.E53 2001
The Cutting Edge : an Encyclopedia of Advanced Technologies REF   T9.C96 2000
The New Way Things Work REF   T47.M18 1998


Finding Books:  

Use the WSU online catalog  to find what books and other materials, such as videos,  the Library owns. 

Good searches to try: 

  • technology and social aspects
  • computers and social aspects
  • information technology and social aspects
  • cyberspace and social aspects
  • internet and social aspects
  • your subject and social aspects
  • computers and civilization
  • your subject and culture

Finding Articles:  

The best way to find articles is to use one of the Library's article databases.   These databases provide references to articles in journals, magazines & newspapers.  In many cases, the actual article is available on the computer.

Our  databases are available from home or work.  Just click on the link and enter your W# ID number when asked.  Don't know your ID?  Directions for finding them are available on our Connecting from Home  page.

  • Academic Search Premier   is a general database that allows you to search important journals in many fields, including all areas of history.  It has many full-text articles and is a good place to begin your research.  
  • CQ Researcher -  this is a very good place to find a general overview.  Articles will give background, history, statistics, etc. 
  • Reader's Guide Retrospective  - Reader's Guide from  1890 - 1982.  Search general and news magazines using current or original subject headings.  This is a good place to find old articles in Popular Mechanics, Popular Science or Scientific American.   For information after 1982, use Academic Search Premier
  • Lexis/Nexis Universe   Full-text coverage of many news, legal, and business resources. Dates of coverage vary, many update daily. 
  • Ethnic NewsWatch    Full text  articles from minority and ethnic newspapers, magazines, and journals in English and Spanish.
  • GenderWatch Full text  Newspaper, magazine, and journal articles addressing the impact of gender in society. 

Doing research on the use of technology in a specific field?

  •   to research medical technology,   look in a medical database
  •   to research theater technology  look in a performing arts database
  •   to research technology in art, look in an art database.

Ask a librarian to help determine which database is best for your topic.

Finding Journals

Ejournals  is a database of all the full-text and print journals, magazines and newspapers that are available to WSU library patrons.  You can search the name of the journal by title or title keyword to get a link to the resource.


Interlibrary Loan:

If we do not own a particular book or article you need, we will borrow it for you from another library through Interlibrary Loan.

Web Resources

There's a lot of good information out on the web.  Unfortunately, some it's not so good, so be sure to evaluate, evaluate, evaluate!


How do you evaluate websites?  Try our Evaluating Information guide for tips and techniques.  (This works for print sources too!)

Gotten an email about the draft, banking scams, etc. and want to know if it's true?

try: -  and pay attention to how they check rumors out

Practice evaluating.  These sites are fun, but are they reliable?  Can you tell why or why not?  (Ask your instructor or a librarian if you're not sure.)

You can't find everything on the web, but you can find a lot.  Make it easy on yourself and learn how to use a search engine properly - always check out the advanced search features.  I recommend  Other good search engines to try are: and   As a general rule, avoid metasearch engines such as Dogpile.   The results are usually so general that you waste a lot of time.

Learn how to Google like a pro:  A Scholarly Guide to Google  from Widener Library, Harvard.

"The Hidden Web"  consists of sites that search engines can't find, usually due to the type of files they contain, such as database files.  Many of these sites are very useful.  The best way to find them is to use directory listings.  Good general directories include:  Librarian's Index to the Internet , and The Internet Public Library, as well as the directory features of Google and Yahoo. 

Useful Guide

  • Making Sense of Evidence from History Matters - excellent guides to how use use and evaluate different types of historical evidence


Research Tips

  • Clearly identify your information need
  • Identify key words and search terms to match your topic
  • Develop search statements using advanced search techniques such as Boolean logic, adjacency searching and truncation.
  • Use the Online catalog to find books, videos and other materials
  • Use an  appropriate article database to find journal articles, ask a librarian for help if you're not sure what's best
  • Use Interlibrary loan to get materials that are not in Stewart Library
  • Use search engines to find Web information
  • Carefully evaluate the information you find for usefulness and quality
  • Revise your search terms and strategy to expand or narrow your results, be creative, look in other areas
  • Use appropriate style to document and cite research.  Remember if you don't document properly you could be guilty of cheating.  See our plagiarism guide for more information.
  • Ask for HELP at  Reference , via phone or email
Updated December 30, 2008 . Please send comments to Kathy Payne, Head of Reference
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