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Last Updated: Sep 16, 2014 URL: http://libguides.brown.edu/content.php?pid=424810 Print Guide RSS Updates

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Requesting Articles

How to request articles not available online at Brown.

  • ILLiad
    ILLiad is Brown's InterLibrary Loan system, and can be used to request items not held at Brown. Faculty and medical students may also use ILLiad to request electronic delivery of journal articles held only in print.
 

Welcome

The American Studies Subject Guide is a launch pad for scholarly research designed for the American Studies Department at Brown University.

Here you will find tips for searching the web more effectively along with annotated lists of source materials available in the Brown Library and online.

 

Optimize Your Search

The Wild Web

  • Google Tips and Tricks: Google's guide to using their search engine effectively. Includes boolean searching, wild cards, and more.
  • Wikipedia Responsibly: Student Wikipedia Use Policy from the University of California Santa Barbara. Describes Wikipedia's strengths and weaknesses.  Discusses version history for citations.
  • Primary vs. Secondary Sources: A helpful guide from the University of California Santa Cruz, University Library.
  • Peer Review: An excellent overview of the process of peer review, its benefits, and its shortcomings.  Written by the Linux Information Project.

The Library Web

  • WorldCat Explained: About page for WorldCat, the premier federated library catalog.
  • Brown's NEW Library Search Tool: About page for the new unified search tool.  Learn how to query JOSIAH and subscription databases at the same time.
  • Google Scholar: Google Scholar uses the Google search engine to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports. Google Scholar results now include links to Brown University Library resources. These links will appear automatically if you search from an on-campus computer or use the link above; otherwise, off-campus you must go to "Scholar Preferences" and search for "Brown". For further information see Google Scholar FAQ.

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