If The ASU Library does not have a copy of the journal article you need, request the article via our Interlibrary Loan service. The service is free and most articles are scanned and put in your account within 48 hours. For the fastest "turn-around" time, be sure to include the journal's ISSN (International Standard Serial Number) on the request.
As the name implies, "Library One Search" locates items from across the ASU Library's collections and includes not just books but also articles from scholarly journals, trade magazines and newspapers, chapters from reference books, dissertations/theses, maps, data sets, photographs, government documents and much more. New material is being added almost every day.
Search titles, keywords or authors in the single search box; an advanced search feature is also available. When the results list is displayed, use the Content Type option in left column to limit the results to books/e-books.
If the book is available in print, clicking on the title will take you to the ASU Library Catalog where you'll in which library the book is located, it's call number and whether it is checked out. Use the Request on the catalog record to recall a book that is checked out or to have a book shipped to the ASU Library of your choice.
If the book is available online, clicking on the title or on the "Full Text" link will take you directly to the book.
Use the link in the upper bar or in the lower righthand corner for case studies or you can alternatively search via keywords.
Dictionaries, Encyclopedias & Handbooks
Finding out about a topic, i.e., the "background" information, before doing literature research will help you increase your vocabulary so that you can search the best, most efficient words and also allow you to recognize appropriate books and journal articles even if the authors do not describe the topic the same way you do. The more you know about a topic, the better you'll be able to focus on a specific aspect that would be appropriate for your paper. Background information may be found in the following types of resources which generally provide a summary:
US Local Codes (MAD CAD)
Links to online codes for all 50 states plus US Territories; within each state links are provided to websites of county, city, town and jurisdiction agencies and to their respective codes when available online.
Pew Research Center
"Numbers, facts and trends shaping your world." Includes information on the following:
Polls on Politics, Policy and Media
Religion and Public Life
Research and Analysis on News Media
Internet and Information Technology Trends
Latino Trends and Attitudes
State Policy and Political News
International Opinion Polls
Social and Demographic Trends
Proquest Statistical Insight
Indexes statistical information produced by the U.S. government, state governments, & selected private organizations (1971-). Includes access to the American Statistics Index (1973-), Statistical Reference Index (1980-), and Index to International Statistics (from 1983-).
Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIRPI)
Data on international relations and security; data for armed forces, arms production, military expenditure, population, education, housing and water supply, economics, labor, security, armed conflicts, and human rights.
Not associated with the U.S. Census Bureau; database contains U.S. Census data and is searchable by zip code or demographic variable.
To identify what technical reports exist on a particular topic, use:
National Technical Information Service (NTIS)
Contains over 2 million research citations from 1964 to the present. In addition to technical reports, also covers some computer products, software, video and audio material. Covers all subject areas of U.S. federally sponsored research and select foreign governments.
Searches over 36 scientific databases and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to 1,850+ scientific Websites. Covers all types of government publications in addition to technical reports.
A single search interface for freely available English-language documents on the web; participating databases include those from: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States (science.gov).
To find the full text of a specific report:
Some technical reports are freely available on the Web at the sponsoring agency's website, try:
Using Google or another Internet search engine to find the report either by title, author, or report number
Go to the sponsoring agency's website and browse/search the site
TRAIL (Technical Report Archive and Image Library)
An ongoing project to digitize technical reports issued prior to 1975. As of September 2008, mostly NBS (National Bureau of Standards) and some AEC (Atomic Energy Commission) reports were available. U.S. Bureau of Mines may appear soon.
The ASU Library have some technical reports in the collections of Noble Library (Tempe Campus) and in our Government Documents Department (3rd floor, Hayden Library, Tempe Campus) in either print, microfiche, and/or CD. If the document(s) you need is not on the Web, check for availability by calling either Gov Docs (480-965-3390) or Noble Library (480-965-2600) or using our Ask a Librarian's service at http://lib.asu.edu/ask-a-librarian.
If the document(s) you need is not available in the ASU Library, ASU faculty/students may submit an Interlibrary Loan request
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