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ENG 432/532 - The American Dream: Reference Sources

Online Reference Sources

Print Reference Sources

In order to find print reference sources (i.e. physical books on the 1st floor of Hamersly), you will need to search for them using Primo. To do this:

1. Go to the library homepage

2. Type your topic and/or the work title/author into the Primo search box in the middle of the page:

Sample Primo search

3. Specify that you want to search in WOU-only by selecting the WOU radio button under the search box, then hit enter or click the black magnifying glass search button.

4. Now you have your initial set of results and will need to narrow them down using the limiters on the left of the page (for more on using these limiters, also called facets, watch this tutorial). Under "Refine My Results" scroll down to the "Physical Location" list and click "Reference." (Note: you might have to click the "More options" link to see the "Reference" option).

Below are some examples that are relevant to this class, but there are many more that you can find by searching using the above process!

How to Find Articles Listed on a Reference Page--Find It @ WOU

Do you have an article citation from a reference page?  Get the article by using Find It @ WOU. The potential results are:

  • You'll get a link to the article in a database
  • The library has the journal in print.  You can a) retrieve the necessary volume and issue from the shelves, or b) request the Scan & Deliver service. 
  • The library doesn't have the journal you are looking for, but you can request the article through Interlibrary Loan.

How to find articles that cite your source

We often use bibliographies to discover works that the scholar referenced.  These cited sources are necessarily older than the article.

How about reversing the process? Use Google Scholar to discover more recent works which cite the article or book you have.

Type the title of your article into the Google Scholar search box:

Google Scholar Search













Use the Cited by link at the bottom of the article's entry:

Google Scholar Result

Notice that the example "source" article above was published in 1995. See an annotated image of the Cited by results--all more recent scholarship than the original article.

Links to Google Scholar throughout the library's web pages are specially coded to tie in with our owned and licensed collections and to Interlibrary Loan when necessary, via the Find it at WOU link. Or, rather than hunting down the link every time, you can setting your Google Scholar preferences to connect with the library:

  • Sign into your Google account, and then go to Scholar Settings.
  • Type "wou" in the 'Library Links' section.
  • Select the access boxes for Western Oregon University, and click Save.
  • When you link into WOU library resources, authenticate yourself with your PawPrint when requested.

 Google Scholar preferences

Simply using the address without setting your preferences will cut you off from library access. 

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