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HIST 2535 - Latin America and the United States - Robinson: Finding Books in Library Catalog

What is the Library Catalog

Library Catalog is the catalog for all of the 9 Vanderbilt Libraries. and includes selected journal articles.

A VU Collections search returns books, dvds and videos, reserve materials, etc. but excludes articles.

Find Books in Worldcat

  • Worldcat is a global, online catalog containing over 136 million records.
  • If you can't find the item you are looking for in Library Catalog, use the Findit@VU button to initiate your ILL request.

Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings

Try a "BROWSE BY LIBRARY OF CONGRESS SUBJECT" search using one of the Library of Congress Subject Headings listed below:

Nicaragua Relations United States


Nicaragua Foreign relations United States

Nicaragua Politics and government 1979-1900


Nicaragua History Revolution 1979

Spanish-American War 1898

Panama Canal (Panama)

Keyword and 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.

Step 4: You may also want to try a BROWSE search BY SUBJECT in Library Catalog with your keywords.


Search Tips

Use  * to truncate a word and return all possible endings

example:  drug traffic*

(searches for all variants of the words traffic, trafficking..)


Use ? for single letter variants


(searches drug or drugs)



Your Library Account

You can access your library account to renew books, check due dates, etc.  by using your VUnet ID & password. 

For more detailed instructions, see the online handout.