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Where Do I Start?: Where to look in the library for things

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QuickSearch allows you to search all the physical and most of the online resources available through the University of Wyoming Libraries, including books and eBooks, articles, videos, and UW-created resources like theses and dissertations.

For specific Library Catalog functionality, select the “Books, eBooks, and Media” option found in the drop-down menu in the search box above. If the drop-down menu is not visible, click the magnifying glass for this to appear.

Finding Books, eBooks, & Media at UW - New

1. Go to the UW Libraries homepage.

2. Enter the title of the book or DVD (in double quotes) in the QuickSearch box and click the search icon.

3. On the search results screen, refine your search by selecting "Books, eBooks, and Media" from the drop-down menu selection box.

All UW Libraries Subject Guides

Subject Guides can be a great place to get general research help in a specific subject area.

Locate an Article by its Title

One way to locate an journal or periodical article is to do a search for the title in the QuickSearch box on the UW libraries' home page.  Place the article title in double quotation marks to search as an exact phrase (to reduce the number of false hits in the results list).  You may only need to search on the first few words if the title appears to be fairly unique.  Omit any subtitles (i.e., words following a colon) as those words do not always get indexed as part of the title in the article record (i.e., in the metadata). 


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If you are unable to locate the article using this approach, try searching for the journal title and/or article using the eJournal search method.  If it appears that the UW Libraries' collection does not include the desired article/journal, an InterLibrary Loan request can be submitted.

Primary and Secondary Sources

What is a primary source?

A primary source is an item like a diary, map, data, first-person event account, or anything else that provides a perspective from the time it was created.

  • For example, you could review a letter from an immigrant to Laramie in 1900 to understand their perspective on moving to the city and adapting to Wyoming. 

What is a secondary source?

A secondary source is an item like a peer-reviewed journal or anything that analyzes primary sources. A secondary source usually pulls together information from other secondary sources as well as primary sources.

  • For example, you could find a peer-reviewed journal article on the impact of a certain group's culture on a city. It is likely to include information the author gathered from primary sources as well as other scholars who focus on the same topic.

Where to Find Primary Sources