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What Am I Searching?

Library Catalog diagram

The Library Catalog finds print and electronic items, including journal and newspaper articles, book chapters, books, reviews, legal documents, and much more. This search includes content from numerous sources, such as open-access repositories, and many, though not all, individual databases to which Vanderbilt subscribes. Examples of incorporated databases are:

  • Web of Science
  • ARTstor
  • ScienceDirect

The complete set of collections included in the Library Catalog is continually growing.

When should I use the Library Catalog?

The Library Catalog is a great tool for searching multiple library resources from one interface. Activate the following five options by clicking on the hourglass to the right of the search box or just start typing:

Drop Down Options Books Articles e-Books Images DVD CD Dissertation Course Reserves Materials beyond VU
Library Catalog X X X X X X X X  
VU Collections X   X   X X X    
Articles   X              
Course Reserves               X  
WorldCat                 X

However, if you want specialized information in a discipline or academic field, search one of our subject databases or the subject area's research guides.

More About the Library Catalog search:

  • To locate even more resources and to ensure access from off-campus, remember to sign in.
  • Improve your search results using the tips and tricks on our tutorial and help page.
  • Some of the items in this search may only be available by request through our interlibrary loan service. Look for the Check for Available Services and/or Get It link in the record to make the request.
  • For further assistance in your particular field or discipline, please contact your subject librarian.

Don't know what you want or where to start? Then Ask A Librarian for advice and help.

Thanks to The University of Tennessee, Knoxville and Boston University Libraries for much of the information and phrasing used on this page.