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IDS 494 Fall 2012: Home

Welcome to IDS 494 library guide. You can use this guide to find books and journal articles, to help with formatting citations and to assist in evaluating information.

Finding Journal Articles

The first place to look for journal articles is Academic Search Premier. ASP is the largest database and contains both scholarly and popular material from many disciplines.

Research Tips - you can search ASP with other Ebsco databases at the same time.

  • Open ASP, above the search box, there is link in blue that says "choose databases"
  • Click "choose databases" and see a list of all other Ebsco databases
  • Select other databases and hit Ok
  • This allows you to search ASP with Film and Television or PsyInfo or SportsDiscus
  • End result is the ability to find more sources for your topic without duplications

Business and Industry and Hospitality

Sports and Recreation Databases

Psychology and Sociology


Art and English

Environmental Science

Criminal Justice

Databases for all other subjects - History, Biology, etc.

Another way to find books & everything else - Quick Search

Quick Search will look for books, journal and magazine and newspaper articles and even materials from Special Collections. Searches will return many hits, sometimes too many.

A few tips for using Quick Search

  • Use the "Refine your search" tabs on the left hand side of the page
  • These tabs will allow you to limit by books, journal articles or to exclude newspaper articles
  • You can also limit to scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles
  • Also, notice in the results list, each entry has two small icons in the right hand corner
  • The icon with a box and a plus sign allows you to format and email the citiation

Search For Books and More

Search the UNLV Library Catalog

Locate books, videos and other materials owned by the University Libraries. The Library Catalog will tell you the location of the book in the Libraries and the call number.

Find Books at Other Libraries


Need a book not available at UNLV?

Interested in finding out what books other libraries have about your topic?

Search the Link+ library network.

Find and borrow over 8 million books and documents from over 40 libraries throughout California and Nevada. Items usually arrive in 2-4 days.

If the item you need is not available at the University Libraries and is not available via Link+, you can place a request via Document Delivery. Items that can be obtained usually arrive in 1-4 weeks.

Citing Your Sources and Creating a Bibliography

Research tips

Professors often ask students to use scholarly sources, but what exactly does that mean? This handout lists criteria to help you decide if a source is popular or scholarly

Special Collections

Special Collections has many interesting, rare and specialized documents pertaining to Las Vegas history, gaming and UNLV.

Selecting the Right Number of Keywords - Kimbel Library

Scholarly Sources vs Popular Sources - Kimbel Library

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