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Western Carolina University

IDES 352 - Junior Studio (Brown): Home



This guide is intended to give you some starting points for certain types of information and particular source types you are required to use. I recommend starting with the background information section to gather demographics and other basic data on your country. The information in the Countries, Peoples, & Cultures set of encyclopedias should give you a good starting point. The other sections of the guide have tips and tricks for searching for books/ebooks and articles.

**This guide isn't a replacement for asking me for help. It is simply to help everyone in the class get some of the starter information and take a stab at looking for other sources. As you are researching, please reach out to me via email or make an appointment to talk with me about anything you need help tracking down.

Background Information on Country

I also recommend searching for official government sites of the country you are researching. They provide a lot of cultural and up to date economic info on their sites. Like US governments sites, there should be subsections of the main government site that guide you to relevant topics like tourism and sustainability.


While you can use the OneSearch box on the library's main page to look for anything in our collections, I recommend using the 'books' button when looking for books/ebooks, DVDs, streaming video, etc. (Basically anything that isn't a journal article.)

When you search for books, the default location it searches is just WCU. If you don't see anything useful to you in the WCU-only search, try using the dropdown to change to WNCLN--which will search for items at ASU and UNCA. You can request a print book from either school and they'll be sent to our library for checkout.


Starting with library resources--One Search box on the main page:

I recommend starting with our search options first to help you understand what is available on your topic(s). Our search options also help you limit your searches to scholarly or peer-reviewed resources.