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Latin American Development: Finding Books

Finding Books & More

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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