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English for Academic Purposes - EAP

Step 1 - Background Information

Use keywords to search these resources. When you are thinking about your topic, break it down into key ideas or concepts. For example, if you are searching for American cultural icons try the following: 

("American" and culture" and "icon")

Note: use the menu on the right side of the page to search within the results for your topic. For example, search for "art", "food", or another topic of your choosing. 

Search the resources here for definitions and a general overview for your topic.

Step 2 - Search Books from the Library Collection

Use keywords to search the library's catalog. Again, these combinations may be helpful. Just note the change in spelling: America vs. American

("American" and icons") 

("icons" and "America") 

("American" and "culture" and "icon")

Search for books using Saint Louis University Libraries' Catalog

 Advanced Search

Did not find what you want? Search, the Missouri statewide union catalog and Tulsa City-County Library, then from Colorado and Wyoming.

Still did not locate a specific resource?  Try WorldCat, the US union catalog.

If the book is not available in MOBIUS or Prospector, use ILLiad Interlibrary Loan to request the book.

Step 3 - Journal Articles

Again, using keywords will help you search library databases. Try searching for your topic by using the following formula:

("American" and "icons" and "YOUR TOPIC") 

For example:

("American" and "icons" and "pop culture") 

Search the following databases for journal articles on your topic.

Books from Catalog

All these titles are found in the reference collection.  You can not check them out but you can use them in the library.

Useful Web Sources