Purpose: To acquaint you with materials provided by Cornette Library that will make research for your assignment easier.
- Cornette Library's online catalog
- Includes books, government documents, videos, journal titles, etc. available throughout the Library. Suggested searches include:
- a keyword search related to your subject, such as eye contact or head tilt.
- a general LC subject heading, such as nonverbal communication or body language.
- the LC subject heading for a specific place and type such as facial expression - cross-cultural studies.
To determine the most appropriate subject headings for your search, refer to the red Library of Congress Subject Headings near the Reference computers in the Library or search the online Library of Congress Authorities Catalog.
- When you find a good book on your topic, look around the general area arranged by Library of Congress classification call number.
- Read more about Understanding Call Numbers from Rutgers University.
Journal & Magazine Articles
Search for Articles
- Library shelves contain more than 1500 bound and current journals.
- Microform (film or fiche) available for dozens of leading newspapers, as well as other periodicals.
- Online searches in a database can often point you to articles on a certain topic. The information may have:
- Citation only
- Citation and a short summary (abstract) of the article
- Full text or link to full text
- SFX link to full text in another database
- Articles in a database without full text or SFX links may be available elsewhere using Cornette Library's online catalog or the list of online journals
How to Access Databases
- On-campus: In the library or HELC.
- Off-campus: Login with your myBuff portal username and password (for example, js123456 and buffaloes).
- Database citations not in full-text may be located in Cornette Library's online catalog, or the list of online journals.
- Use Interlibrary Loan to request articles inaccessible through Cornette library. Allow up to 2 weeks for articles (3 weeks for books) to arrive.
- Academic Search Complete
- Academic and general interest articles for many disciplines. Over 10,000 sources. Compared to most other databases suggested, has more (not necessarily better) results for intercultural topics.
- Communication & Mass Media Complete (CMMC)
- Comprehensive coverage for mass media and communications. Over 300 journals. Fewer but better results for intercultural topic.
- Excellent source for scholarly sources on most significant historical events. Does not have current articles for past 1 to 5 years. Over 375 journals.
- Excellent choice for scholarly articles about various aspects of nonverbal communication.
- Displays in most of our databases. Links from a citation to one or more of the following:
- One or more links to full-text of the cited article
- A link to a pre-set search of the Cornette Library catalog for the cited item
- A link to a pre-filled Interlibrary Loan request form for the article
- A link to various help options
- For more information see the tutorial Using SFX to Link to Articles
- Ask at the Reference Desk (first floor) or Periodicals Desk (second floor).
- Call 651-2215 during the hours Cornette Library is open.
Why must I cite the sources I use for research projects?
- To give credit to the author of the information you use.
- To avoid plagiarism (WTAMU Code of Student Life: Appendix I-Academic Integrity Code). Plagiarism is a serious offense that can result in a failing grade or worse!
- To assist others in doing their own research.
American Psychological Association (APA Manual)
- You are required to use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
- A copy of the sixth edition of the APA Manual is located at the Reference Desk.
- Additional assistance is available from our Citation Basics [age.
- Suggestions for improvements?
- Particularly helpful items?
- Please email Linda Chenoweth.