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WGS 4960 Senior Seminar

WGS 4960: Senior Seminar Research Resources

Finding Articles

Finding Books

ACORN            DiscoverLibrary

Keyword vs. Subject Searching

Step 1:  Start your search process by brainstorming a list of keywords that describe the main concepts of your topic or question.

Step 2:  Use these keywords for your initial searches.

Step 3:  Use the Subject Heading links in the Acorn record to refine your search.

ACORN Search PROS DiscoverLibrary Search PROS                                      
  • Best for known item searching
  • Allows for reordering results by oldest first
  • Best for keyword searching
  • Can set up search alerts and save records

Finding Films

Kanopy logo Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service for educational institutions that works directly with filmmakers and film distribution companies to offer documentaries, training films, and theatrical releases. 

The Vanderbilt Libraries also has a large collection of films on DVD. Search DiscoverLibrary or ACORN by limiting the item type to DVD to conduct a topic search.