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Hunter Library
Research Guides
Western Carolina University

English 101: Writing and Rhetoric: Cook

Welcome to your library orientation!


Welcome to Hunter Library!

I'm Heidi Buchanan, your assigned librarian for English 101. This guide is your introduction to Hunter Library, and I've made specific suggestions for your assignments.  

As a WCU student, you have access to print and electronic books, journals, databases, streaming films, DVDs, archival materials, maps, and so much more, all available through Hunter Library. If at any point in the research process you are struggling to find or evaluate sources, get in touch with me! My contact information is located on the left side of this page.

Hunter Library Basics

Finding Books and Articles

To search for books and articles on your topic, you can start with the OneSearch, which is the main search box on the library webpage.  Use basic keywords rather than typing in a question or sentence (see the example below). Use the limiters on the right-hand side of the page to narrow your search as necessary:

OneSearch result limiters

Step Five: When you find an article that seems like a good fit for your research, click on the link to see the full text.

OneSearch Find Full Text link

You'll want to save relevant articles to refer to later. The menu of options differ with each database or journal package. Below is an example of the options you might see:

EBSCO save and cite options

For this article, you can download and save a PDF, save the article to Google Drive, print the article, email it to yourself, or generate a permalink. You can also auto-generate a citation in a number of styles. Caution: Always double-check the citation before you use it. They are not guaranteed to be 100% correct every time.

Final Thoughts: Often when you open a link in an academic database, the content you see is session-specific. That means if you leave your browser tab open for too long, copy/paste the URL from the search bar, or bookmark the page the article is on, you may lose it. If you want to ensure you'll be able to get back to the article later, always use the permanent link option (it usually looks like a chain, see below).

OneSearch permalink link