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CORE 333 (Shaffer)

eBook Sources

ProQuest Ebook Central

Provides the full-text of selected books in many disciplines.

eBook Academic Collection (EBSCOhost)

This is a multidisciplinary eBook collection representing a broad range of academic subject matter.

Books to Borrow at 

Another ebook source. Example search strategy: "east germany" OR "east german" AND sports OR athletics

Browse all the East Germany-related books and ebooks available through Buswell. For any print book you want, first determine if scans of certain chapters will suffice (preview in Google Books or Amazon) and request it at The library will also send you the book if necessary and pay the postage.

Sources for literature on East Germany

Below are direct links to some of the pertinent subject-specific databases for the range of topics you've chosen.

Google Scholar Search

From topic to question (Craft of Research)

Linking Google Scholar to the library's resources via "Find it @ Wheaton":

  1. Go to  
  2. Click on "Library Links" in the left navigation.
  3. Search for "Buswell."
  4. Select the check box next to "Wheaton College - Buswell Library..." and save your changes.
  5. You should now see a "Find it @ Wheaton" link next to resources but it's often hidden under ">>" below the reference.

Expressing your research topic in the following framework will help you arrive at a clear research question:

  1. Your topic: I am studying…
  2. Your question: because I want to find out…
  3. Your rationale: in order to help my reader understand better…


  1. I am working on Abe Lincoln's beliefs about predestination and their influence on his reasoning
  2. because I want to find out how his belief in destiny and God's will influenced his understanding of the causes of the Civil War
  3. in order to help my reader understand how his religious beliefs may have influenced his military decisions.

Source: Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. University of Chicago Press, 2008, p. 46.

~With your thesis, you need to take a stance, but you can take that stance only after you have considered the evidence~