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What Am I Searching?

The default library search is the “Everything” search, which finds both print and electronic items, including journal and newspaper articles, books, book chapters, streaming videos, government documents, and much more. This includes content from numerous sources, such as open-access repositories, journal packages (including Wiley, Elsevier, Springer and Cambridge), and many, though not all, individual databases to which Vanderbilt subscribes. Examples of incorporated databases are:

  • Web of Science
  • PubMed
  • ARTstor
  • JSTOR
  • ScienceDirect

The complete set of collections included is continually growing.

Which Search Option Should I Use?

The “Everything” option is a great tool for searching multiple library resources from one interface. If you are interested in using another one of the options listed below, you can utilize Advanced Search and select the option you want.

Drop Down Options Books Articles E-Books Images DVDs & CDs Streaming Media Music Scores Dissertations Course Reserves
Everything X X X X X X X X X
Library Catalog X   X   X X X X  
Articles   X              
Course Reserves                 X
Electronic Resources   X X X   X X    

If you are looking to find books not held by VU, the database WorldCat is available via the Databases A-Z list.

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.

Making the most of your search experience:

  • To locate even more resources and to ensure access from off-campus, remember to sign in.
  • Some of the items in this search may only be available by request through our Resource Sharing 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.

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