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COM 100: Background Info

This guide supports the work of students in COM 100, Principles of Human Communication

Brief Background - Specialized Encyclopedias

Ryan Library has specialized encyclopedias on a variety of topics, including:

Find a Subject Encyclopedia on your Topic

  1. Go to WorldCat, the Ryan Library catalog.
  2. In search box, type a one- or two-word description of your topic, and then type the word: "encyclopedias" (it is important that it is plural) 
  3. In box on right, limit results to "Point Loma Nazarene University."
  4. If results are unsatisfactory, repeat the search with a broader description of your topic.
  5. Click on title of encyclopedia.
  6. Scroll down, and note the "call number" of encyclopedia; and locate the hard copy on the short shelves in the library's Reference Area.
  7. Use the index at the back of the encyclopedia's last volume to find a specific article about your topic.

Need help? Ask a Librarian!

Extensive Background - Find Books

Point Loma Nazarene University - Ryan Library

WorldCat is the tool you need to locate books and much more. 

With one search, you will find:

  • Books and Media materials at PLNU
  • ebooks available through PLNU
  • Articles from some of our most-used databases
  • Books available for InterLibrary Loan through Camino
  • Books available through WorldCat at other institutions (request through ILLiad)

A few things you should know:

  • For books in Ryan Library, the checkout period is 3 weeks, with an option to renew for 3 more weeks.
  • For books borrowed through Camino, the checkout period is 5 weeks, with no option to renew.
  • Renew books online by logging in and using the "My Library Account" link in the upper right of the screen.

More Variety - eBooks

Ryan Library subscribes to thousands of eBooks through two ebook collections:

  1. ebrary: This collection provides access to over 140,000 books. It is integrated into WorldCat, or may be searched separately using ebrary link.
  2. EBSCO ebooks: This collection provides full-text access to hundreds of digital version of books on a variety of subjects.

Take a look at these examples!

Citation Help

Need help citing a book or an article from a specialized encyclopedia?  Check out our Citation Help page.