PHIL 1111 - Race and Democracy in the USA - Outlaw

Books, Articles and More!

Vanderbilt University Library Catalog

Selecting the best search scope for your research needs:

Library Catalog vs. VU Collections vs. Articles

Search Scope What is included? When should I use it?
Library Catalog
  • Broadest search scope
  • Results will include books and ebooks, articles, and media like DVDs
  • A great option when you are just beginning your research process.
  • Use Library Catalog when you want to survey the research landscape for your topic
VU Collections
  • Focuses on VU owned items, physical and digital
  • Results will include books and ebooks, and media like DVDs
  • Digital collections like the TV News Archive will also be included in your results
  • You have defined your information needs
  • Use VU Collections when you are ready to create a tailored search for your topic
Articles
  • Content from selected VU databases
  • Popular and scholarly articles
  • Use Articles to find popular and scholarly articles on your topic.
  • The Articles scope does not search across all databases accessible to the Vanderbilt community.
  • Not finding the articles you need or want more database options?

For a more detailed explanation of your search scope options consult What am I searching?

 

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 Library Catalog record to refine your search.

Useful Keywords When Searching for Primary Sources

Diaries     Correspondence
     
 Sources     Personal narratives
     
 19th century         Biography

What are primary sources?

A primary source is a document or other sort of evidence written or created during the time under study, or by one of the persons or organizations directly involved in the event. Primary sources offer an inside view of a particular event. Some types are:

 

Original Documents

(excerpts or translations acceptable)

Creative Works Relics or Artifacts
Diaries Poetry Jewelry
Speeches Drama Pottery
Letters Novels Furniture
Minutes Music Clothing
Interviews Art Buildings
News Film Footage Films Tools
Autobiographies    
Official Records    

The following resources contain primary sources documents:  letters, diaries, speeches, slave narratives, goverment documents...

General Collections

African American Focus

Native American Focus

The following databases will help you find articles on your topic:

 What is ?

FindIt@VU provides direct links from a database citation to the fulltext of the article (if available) and other supporting resources.

An FAQ for FindIt@VU is also available.

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