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SOC 312: Introduction to Social Research


In Credo Reference, type a simple topic, such as "aging." Over to the right is a drop-down menu. Pick either "topic search" or "mind map" search (both are recommended) to learn more about topics related to the base topic. This process can help the researcher narrow a topic.

The following news resources include "hot topics" or "current topics" to help the researcher find topic ideas that are currently relevant internationally or locally. "Hot topics" are usually listed in the left or right column and are readable by browsing through the headings.

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Log in with your myWSU ID and password to request a copy of an article or book. Articles are emailed to you and requets can usually be filled within a couple of days. Books take 3-5 days on average and are sent to Ablah Library for you to pick up. It's free!

Ask A Librarian

Visit a librarian at the Reference Desk on the first floor of Ablah Library or contact a Subject Librarian to make an appointment.

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What are some reasons to contact a librarian?

‚Äč      To find the best resources for your topic
      To discuss strategies and develop skills for searching article databases and the library catalog
      To identify and locate primary source materials


If a librarian is not available, you may also seek assistance from other library staff during library hours who will refer you to the appropriate librarian or department as necessary. 

See the full schedule of library hours including Reference Desk, presession, intersession, and holiday hours for the main library (Ablah) and for the Chemistry and Music branch libraries. Ablah Library hours are also available on an automated phone line: 316-978-3581.

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    Circulation Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3582
   Reference Desk (Ablah Library)  316-978-3584
   Music Library  316-978-3029
   Chemistry Library  316-978-3764
   Interlibrary Loan  316-978-3167

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   Chat with us via the adjacent chat box. Our chat service is staffed during Reference Desk hours.
   If chat is not available, send us a question via e-mail.

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 Text us with research and other library-related questions to


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         Email a librarian with your question.

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Subject Librarians provide library instruction, order requested books and other materials, and provide all levels of research assistance for faculty, staff, and students in all departments and colleges. To find the librarian assigned to your subject area or department, go to the Directory of Subject Librarians.

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