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Film Studies

Searching for Books

When in Search It, you can refine your results to print books or Ebooks; on the left side, select the format under Type. If you'd like a book right now, you can select Available at WSU Libraries. If you have some time, you can order the book via Summit or Interlibrary Loan, if we do not have it or it is checked out (see the first page for tutorials on how to do this). The light in the catalog will be green if we have it, and yellow/orange if you'll need to order it; just click into the record to do this.

To keep in mind:

  • Keywords will search anywhere in the record (title, author, abstract, etc.). Use a combination of keywords about your topic to discover books relevant to your research, and keep a list of new words as you move along.
  • Subject headings are applied by librarians to bring all materials on a topic together. You can change your search to only Subject headings; these can be very specific and you may miss resources if you are unsure of the subject heading, so try both subject headings and keywords to see what type of results you get. You can also click into a record and click on a Subject Heading link.

Here are a few search examples. You can see from the number of results that more specific words will give you less results, but they will likely be better suited to your topic. [Note: These only display books, you can see all source types by removing the type from "Active Filters"]:

Availability and Ordering Materials

Search It is a catalog that lists not only WSU material, but also books that may be available through Summit, and Interlibrary Loan.

In addition to books, you can search Search It for journal articles, internet resources, and media. When you log into your Search It account, you can save books, email citations to yourself, and create lists of resources that can be shared with others. Logging into Search It also streamlines the process of requesting materials through Summit.

When searching Search It, you will be able to tell if a book or flim is available from the WSU collection when you see a green dot and the following text is present: "Available at Holland/Terrell Libraries Stacks."

When a book is not in our collection, you may see a yellow dot and the the text may read the following: Check Holdings

In this case, you may still be able to request the book through Summit by clicking on the tab that says "Availability and Request Options," and then on the link that reads "Request Summit Item (about 5 days)." Summit refers to a group of libraries in Washington and Oregon that partner with WSU to share resources. Summit items take about 3-5 business days to arrive at WSU. After you click on the request link, you will be asked to select a pick-up location. You can pick Summit items up at any WSU campus library or have it mailed to you.


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