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The Research Process

Search Discover Databases,Books, or Reserves

Discover Search: Search 50 percent of library databases and catalog

Search within Library Catalog for Physical Materials and eBooks

Search for Course Reserves

Search Strategies

Boolean Operators are words and symbols that group keywords in specific ways.

  • Group keywords together with quotation marks to search as an exact phrase. Example: “alfred hitchcock”
  • Use AND to combine several keywords or phrases. Example: “opening credits”  AND typography
  • Use OR to search for information about one term, and also articles about another term. Example: film OR cinema
  • Use the asterisk * if you want to search multiple iterations of a keyword. Example: sequenc* = sequence, sequences, sequencing

Scholarly Articles

Scholarly articles:

  • are written, reviewed, and edited by experts,
  • refer to work by other scholars

Learn more about scholarly articles

Interlibrary Loan Details

If there's something you need that we don't have, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan and have it delivered here, usually at no charge.

Creating Your Account

If you haven't used Interlibrary Loan (ILL) before, you'll need to first create a special account for the ILL system. You can create the account by:

  1. Going to Interlibrary Loan
  2. Clicking on "Create your ILL account."
  3. Reading and Agreeing to the Copyright Restrictions
  4. Then clicking on "First Time Users Click Here"

Fillin Out the New User Registration Form

On the New User Registration form, watch out for these three things:

  • Your BuffGold number will need 9 digits. The first 3 of those digits will usually all be zeroes. If your ID number is 987123, enter 000987123.
  • The e-mail address must be your WTAMU e-mail address, including the @buffs.wtamu.edu or @wtamu.edu ending.
  • The username also must be your WTAMU e-mail address, including the @buffs.wtamu.edu or @wtamu.edu ending.

Creating an ILL Request

There are four principal ways to request an item through ILL. The third and fourth on this list may often be the most convenient.

From our home page:

If you already know that we don't have your item and you want to go to the request form directly without searching in our resources, you can find it from the Cornette Library's home page under the "Services" menu, on the pages about services "For Students" and "For Faculty & Staff."

From the Catalog or Discover Search:

If you've searched for a book or article in our catalog or the Discover search and discovered we don't have it, you may click the "Request the article from Interlibrary Loan" link within the "Get It" section. If you are already signed into ILL, the link will open a request with most information of the article or book filled out.

From WorldCat

On the other hand, if you've done a search in WorldCat and found an item listed that we don't have, you can access the request form directly from the item record in such a way that the details will already be filled in for you. From your search results, click on the item's title, which will take you to the item record. In the section entitled "Get This Item" there is a bullet point with a link reading "Request via Interlibrary Loan" on the line labeled "External Resources." Using that link will automatically populate the fields of the request form with your item's details.

From a periodical database search result

If you've found an article through one of our periodical databases, click the "Find Full Text" or similar link. This will take you to our Discover service. From here follow the directions above from the "From Our Catalog" section.

Delivery could take as little as a couple of days or as much as three weeks. See here for more information about Interlibrary Loan.