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HBM 235 - Travel, Society, and Business: Travel Guides

Sources of information for research on destination tourism

Travel Guides

Online Travel Guides

Wikitravel   Provides extensive information on the destination, including Culture, Climate, Local Transportation, and Districts and Neighborhoods.
U.S. News Travel   Provides basic information on the destination.  Some duplication with Wikitravel.
World Travel Guide   Less in-depth than Wikitravel, but includes history.
Yahoo Travel   Includes stories on Yahoo about the destination, plus links to recent news.
ArrivalGuides   Its strength is links to Do & See, Dining, Accommodations, and Shopping.


Print Travel Guides

Global Campus students are encouraged to look for travel guide publications at their local public library, and can request travel guides from WSU and Summit Libraries.


Using Search IT, WSU Libraries discovery system, to find travel guides
WSU Libraries Homepage
Select Advanced Search.
Log in with your MyWSU Network ID and password. 
Select “in Subject” from the far left pull-down menu, select “Contains” from the next pull-down menu and enter: [name of the city/area] guidebooks   in the search box.
At the Material Type pull-down menu, select Print Books.
At the Search Scope pull-down menu, select WSU Pullman.
Click Search.
At the results display, open the Sorted by: pull-down menu and select “Date-newest.” 
Review the results; a green dot indicates that the book is available for use.  Books located in Holland and Terrell Reference must be used in the library; otherwise the book can be checked out.  Click “Availability and Request Options”.  Global Campus students can click "Request Item" to have the book mailed to them.  Pullman students can click “Holland/Terrell Stack Chart” to find where the book is located in the Holland and Terrell Libraries.  
After reviewing the list, do another search. 
Mouse up to the Search part of the display and at the Search Scope pull-down menu, select WSU Libraries + Summit.  Click Search.
Review this list.  Many of the books with a yellow button next to Check Holdings are available at Summit Libraries.  These books can be requested online and  will be (1) available in Pullman to check out in about 5 business days or (2) mailed to Global Campus students.  Summit books can be checked out for 6 weeks.
If you don’t retrieve any guidebooks for the city or area, repeat the search and enter: [name of state] or [name of country] guidebooks.

Business and Economics Librarian

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Mary Gilles
Fall Semester Office Hours: Tuesdays, 2-5pm; Wednesdays, 1-4pm. Or by Appointment.
Terrell Library 120E

Office Phone: 509-335-8740

Fax: 509-335-6721

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