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ENGL 104.01: Outsiders: Home

How to search the Catalogs

Use CONSORT, the shared catalog of Kenyon, Denison, Ohio Wesleyan, and Wooster, to find relevant books. If you're having trouble finding an item in the library, check out How to Read a Call Number.

1. Author search: Locate books, poems, plays, etc. by a particular author: Camus, Albert

2. Title search: Locate a specific work by an author: The Stranger

3. Keyword search:

  • Find works (such as poems or stories) that appear in collections or anthologies
  • Find literary criticism about a particular work
  • Find criticism related to themes, ideas, and topics in an author's works:


CRAAP Test. CRAP stands for Currency, Reliability, Authority, Accuracy, and Purpose. You should use this test as a way to determine if a source reliable. A source can be a book, an article, or a website. 


  • How recent is the information?
  • How recently has the website been updated?
  • Is it current enough for your topic?


  • What kind of information is included in the resource?
  • Is content of the resource primarily opinion?  Is is balanced?
  • Does the creator provide references or sources for data or quotations


  • Who is the creator or author?
  • What are the credentials?
  • Who is the published or sponsor?
  • Are they reputable?
  • What is the publisher's interest (if any) in this information?
  • Are there advertisements on the website?


  • Where does the information come from?
  • Is the information supported by evidence?
  • Has the information been reviewed or refereed?
  • Can you verify any of the information in another source or from personal knowledge?
  • Does the language or tone seem biased and free of emotion?
  • Are there spelling, grammar, or other typographical errors?

Purpose/Point of View:

  • Is this fact or opinion?
  • Is it biased?
  • Is the creator/author trying to sell you something?

Credit: CSU Chico Librarians for developing the test. 


Search our library catalogs using Keywords, for Titles of books and journals, or for Authors of books and essays. The library catalog is a list of everything the library owns.


Search for journal articles and more using databases. If you aren't finding what you need for your assignment, use the English Resource page, make an appointment with me, or stop by the research & reference desk for further assistance. LBIS provides access to over 350 research databases.


Search Engines

Examples of a search engine are:

Director for Research and Instruction

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Library Building A-04
Research and Reference Desk Hours:
Wednesdays 3-5pm and
By appointment

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