ENGL 4998 — Honors Colloquium — Schoenfield: Home

Welcome and Quick Links

Welcome to the Vanderbilt Library system. Get oriented to the library by visiting our website using the quick-access buttons below.

The main library is called Central Library (see the map on the right). Other libraries at Vanderbilt include DivinityPeabody, Music, Walker (Management), Law, Science & Engineering, and Eskind Biomedical. We also have an amazing Special Collections department (part of which is the Vanderbilt TV Archive). 

Each of the libraries has its own hours and borrowing policies. Check the individual library's website for more details, or ask a member of the staff there.

Floor Guide for Finding Books

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Librarian for Political Science/Government Information/Communication Studies/Cinema & Media Arts

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Frank Lester
Central Library, Room 800BA

Where to Begin


Bookmark and remember the library homepage at


It is your one-stop shop for all things library and research-related.

Three Steps to Remember

  1. Search for books and articles on your topic (use Library Catalog, Google Scholar, and VU library databases).
  2. To find books, use the floor map that comes with this guide.
  3. Use interlibrary loans for any book or article the library doesn't have.

Why Use Library Databases?

  • Vanderbilt library subscribes to over 700 databases that index and organize "deep web" content.
  • Google, Bing, Wikipedia, and other familiar sources capture anywhere between 1-4% of information on the Web.
  • The so-called "deep web" will help you avoid the paywalls, pop-ups, and other obstacles that the open and paid web usually throw at you.


Five Steps to Remember

  1. Brainstorm and figure out your topic.
  2. Search for books and articles on your topic (use Library Catalog, Google Scholar, and VU library databases).
  3. To find books, use the floor map that comes with this guide (see above).
  4. Use interlibrary loans for any book or article the library doesn't have.
  5. Ask me or another librarian if you get stuck!