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COM275: Intercultural Communication: Home

How to Find Books

Remember, you can try to search for both your country name and the specific type of information you're looking for, but if that doesn't work. Take a step back and just search for the name of your country to see if we have a general book about it. Also beware the Curriculum Library books--You don't want to cite a kid's book in your project!!

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Need a refresher on how to find a book on the shelf? Check out this video.

Where to Find Articles

Library search engines (databases) are a great place to find scholarly journal articles or other sources for your paper. Each search engine has a different flavor/subject area it covers. If the full text isn’t right there, click the Find It button. If we don’t have the article, you can request it from another library by clicking the “get this article or book chapter” link. (The turnaround time on this is usually about 2 days.)

Keywords and sources

Textbooks and Encyclopedias: Definitions and background information - Use keywords related to your concept.  Scholarly Articles:  In-depth analysis, applications of theories, connections to other ideas or situations - Use keywords related to your concept, plus words like "intercultural communication," "cross-cultural communication."  Short Video Clips: Fiction or non-fiction, illustrates your concept - Instead of searching for your concept directly, use keywords related to behaviors or situations that exemplify your concept

Special Librarian Search Tips

  • Using "quotation marks" around a phrase will find that phrase specifically--not the words individually
  • Check your spelling. Most of these search engines won't spell check for you.
  • The more words you search for, the fewer results you'll get. If you don't have enough results, take a search term away...don't add more!
  • Create a list of keywords you've used that work, so when you search the next database you remember.