SWO 300: Family Systems

Databases to Try

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Finding Articles

There are two main ways of searching for articles at WCU.

Searching using the search box on the homepage

  1. Enter your search terms in the big search box on the library's homepage - try using short 2-3 word phrases instead of questions or sentences.
  2. Then hit Search. You'll see a screen like the one below. 
  3. Now log in (in the upper right) so that you'll see all your options for getting articles.
  4. To get to the full text of an article, click on its title in the list. 
  5. Then click the link next to where it says Full text available at and the full text should open.

Searching using databases

  1. Choose a database from our database list. If you're not sure where to start, click on All Subjects and select your major from the list.
  2. You'll need to log in, using your WCU email address and password.
  3. In the search boxes that appear after you login, enter you keywords in one or more boxes, and hit search.
  4. Your results will appear. Click on a title to read more about it.
  5. If full text isn't available in this database, click on Find It/Check Availability to see if we have it another database.
  6. On the new page that appears, click the link next to where it says Full text available at and the full text should open.

Finding Movies

To check if the library has a movie:

  1. Go to the Library Search box on the library's homepage.
  2. Enter the movie title and switch the box that currently says Everything to Catalog.
  3. Click Search. 
  4. Scan the results for your title. 

If too many results are showing up, and it's hard to find just the DVDs:

  1. On the left, look for the heading Source Type.
  2. Click on Audio Visual.

How to Get a DVD from WCU

Once you find a DVD we own, fill out the Distance Students Book/DVD Request form

Use Google Scholar to Access WCU Resources

Let Google Scholar know you should have access to WCU resources by: 

  1. Click on the menu (three horizontal parallel lines)in the upper left on the Google Scholar homepage.

  2. Choose Setting from the menu that appears. 

  3. Click on Library Links from the left menu. 

  4. Search for West Chester University, then click on the box next to the result that says West Chester University Libraries-- Find-It @WCU, and select Save. 

After you have done this, look for links that say either Find-It @ WCU or Check Availability @ WCU, to see if full text is available through WCU.

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