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INS 490 Senior Seminar

Learn about the resources and strategies that will help you with your senior seminar research.

Getting Started

To get started with your senior seminar research project, familiarize yourself with the available research tools listed below. 

Tip! Develop a list of topic related keywords so that you can effectively run a variety of keyword search strategies in the following: 


WorldCat Discovery

Search for print books, e-books, peer-reviewed full-text scholarly articles, statistics, and more with the library’s discovery tool.

You can limit your results by format including print, ebook, full-text peer-reviewed articles, DVDs, and more. Results can also be limited to date ranges, too. 

 A useful way to browse the library books in a subject area is by using a call number. In WorldCat, type nu: then the call number prefix for your subject area, and select enter. You'll receive a list of results based on that call number search. 



Library Databases

To get access to articles from a variety of journals in a variety of disciplines, discover which library databases are best suited for your research. 

Start with a few of the recommended databases for this course.  


Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures

The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Online is an interdisciplinary, trans-historical, and global project embracing women and Islamic cultures in every region where there have been significant Muslim populations. It aims to cover every topic for which there is significant research, examining these regions from the period just before the rise of Islam to the present. The Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures Online crosses history, geographic borders and disciplines to create a groundbreaking reference work reflecting the very latest research on gender studies and the Islamic world.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Google Books

Google Book Search