To learn more about your options regarding obtaining books while the library is closed during COVID, please see the box on the bottom of the home page of this guide. We have locker pickup (on campus) and mail to home options available; in addition, a number of our books are available electronically.
Use BOOLEAN operators to refine your searches.
Once you find one or two great books for using your keywords, begin to look at the subject headings that were applied to that book. These can be found by clicking on the book's title in Search It and scrolling down the full record. NOTE: Not every book will have subject headings, and some may be more extensive than others (so, do not rely on subject headings, but use it in combination with keywords). Clicking on that subject heading will bring you to a list of all of the results that also have that subject heading applied. For example:
You can also add keywords to your subject headings, in advanced search. So, if you search Witchcraft--Europe--History as a subject heading, you could add Trials, Germany, Medicine as your keywords - whatever keywords fit your more specific topic.
If WSU Libraries does not have a book in its collection, you can order this for free through Summit or Interlibrary Loan. Below are some links to instructions on how to do this. If you have a question or need help locating a text, please ask me!
If you see the following statement underneath a book in the catalog rather than "Holland/Terrell Stacks," this means that the book is available electronically via our HathiTrust Emergency Temporary Access system. This program is in effect while the library is closed and provides immediate electronic access to a number of books in our catalog. For information on how to "check out" this type of electronic book, click on the link below.