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Latin American Development: Finding Books

Finding Books & More

Vanderbilt University Library Search

The Catalog provides availability and location information for
books (print & electronic)
DVDs / videos
reserve materials
most U.S. government documents published after July 1976

as well as most content from research databases including
book chapters
journal, newspaper, and magazine articles

Selecting the best search scope for your research needs


Search Scope What is included? When should I use it?
  • 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 Everything when you want to survey the research landscape for your topic
Library Catalog
  • 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 Library Catalog when you are ready to create a tailored search for your topic
  • 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?



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