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INTRODUCTION TO WATSON LIBRARY: Reference Books / Books

Learn what resources and services Watson Library offers to help fulfill your reading, information, and learning needs.

SEARCHING LIBRARY CATALOGS


SKILL BUILDERS:

Learn about the Library of Congress Classification System (LC).  

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quick search in the Wilmington College OPAL Library catalog.
 

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Quick search in the OhioLINK Central Library Catalog.

Search for holdings in participating OhioLINK colleges and universities.  [Includes SearchOHIO, another catalog to search and request holdings from Ohio's largest public libraries]
 

Starting with Reference Resources

WHY USE REFERENCE BOOKS OR ONLINE REFERENCE RESOURCES?

In addition to your textbooks and other information provided by your professor, you may speed your research by gathering basic information about your topic.  For example:

  • Define relevant technical words and phrases.
  • Identify relevant concepts, theories, and historical context of the topic.
  • Identify well-known researchers associated with your topic. 

Often, reference books (in print in Watson or online in OhioLINK) will provide valuable assistance with basic foundational information. Reference sources also can help you narrow or broaden a topic.

Listed below are examples of helpful reference books/resources for the discipline/field of psychology:

LC Shelving Rules

Interlibrary Loan

EFFICIENCY TIP -- Inter-library Loan (ILL) is a last resort - This process may take a couple of weeks.  Please use this form to request an ILL.


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