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Development Practice Research Guide

Resources to support the Masters in Development Practice program and other Emory Development Studies programs

Searching for Books in discoverE

From the Catalog tab in discoverE:

  • Type in your keywords
  • When you get some results, use "Refine Search Results" on the left to narrow your search by author, item type, date and more.

Too many search results?

  • Add additional terms to your search
  • Limit your search by item type, exact phrase, and/or author/title/subject using discoverE's drop-down menus
  • Use discoverE's "Refine Search Results" feature (in the left column) 

Too few results?

  • Remove some terms from your search
  • Add synonyms using OR [in upper case] with parentheses - for example (women OR woman OR female)

Off-topic results?

Search Strategies

  • Expand your search:
    • Include synonyms and plural/singular forms of keywords. Separate synonyms by OR. Separate the synonyms from the rest of the words by using parentheses.
    • Use truncation symbols (or wildcard symbols) to include variations of your search terms (e.g. scien$ will search for sciences, scientific, scientfically, etc.).
  • Narrow your search:
    • Combining different concepts/search terms with AND
    • Use the limit functions of the database. These are often located on the left side of the results page, or look in the database's Help menu to discover the limit functions it offers. Possibilities include limiting by date, language, type of article, etc.

Your Library Account

You can access your account to see what items you currently have checked out, when they are due, and to renew them. Click the "Sign in" button in the upper-right corner of discoverE to log in, or click here.

Requests and Recalls

If a book you're looking for is at Oxford College, at the Library Service Center, or checked out, don't fear!

Books that are at the Library Service Center or at Oxford can be requested, and checked out books can be recalled.

In discoverE:

  1. Click the item you'd like to request
  2. Click the "Locate/Request Item" tab
  3. Click the "Request" button [Note: you will need to be logged in to your account for this to appear]

You'll be notified by email when the item is available.

NOTE: if the item is checked out, the borrower has ten days to return it.

Call Number Guide

Level Call Numbers
10 ROSE
9 Closed
8 A-DC
7 DD-HD2499
6 HD2500-JK, N-NX
5 JL-LT, P-PR999
4 PR1000-Z
Lobby Level 4 (MUSIC AND MEDIA) M-MZ

Interlibrary Loan

Using Interlibrary Loan (ILL), you can:

  • borrow books and more from other libraries
  • get copies of articles that Emory doesn't own

You will be notified when your materials arrive.

Search Libraries Worldwide

A catalog for libraries worldwide, WorldCat contains citations for books, journals, manuscripts, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, computer files, newspapers, slides, and videotapes.

Book Reviews

The London School of Economics (LSE)  has an important website where they review new Development Studies releases. 

The New Books Network has podcasts on new books in AnthropologyAfrican Studies, and Latin American Studies

The H-Net Book Channel has a section on new books in Development and Public Policy.

Recent Ethnographies on NGOs and Development

Finding Films

Emory owns many films related to Development. Good places to look for them include: