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Finding Books -- Journalism 295B
Race, Religion, and Media

FINDING BOOKS IN W&L LIBRARIES

Annie, the W&L library catalog, lists nearly all the books (and other materials) in Leyburn Library, the Law Library, and other libraries on the W&L campus.

The preferred method for searching Annie for a particular subject probably is the Keyword option on Annie's menu -- which allows you to combine terms and/or to search for various forms of a term.
You can search for various forms of a word by placing one or more asterisks at the end of a term. (See this guide.)

Some sample searches:

  • media religio* -- the same as media AND religio*   -- combining terms, with these results.      (A more focused search would use the LC Subject Heading option for the term mass media religious aspects, with these results.)
  • Be aware of synonyms or near-synonyms.  Example:  (blacks OR afro-american* OR african american*) 
  • Another example:  (women* OR gender OR sexis*)
  • Another example:  (media OR television OR journalis* OR broadcast*)
  • (race OR racial) AND (media OR broadcast* OR television OR radio)  -- combining terms, with these results
  • "digital divide" --  phrase   (with these results)

 

FINDING BOOKS OUTSIDE W&L

There are two basic methods of searching for books outside the W&L library system:

  • searching individual institutions' catalogs;
  • using the commercial WorldCat system to search hundreds of library catalogs simultaneously.

Both these approaches are available through our Library Catalogs Web page.

Remember -- many books not available at W&L may be borrowed from other libraries through interlibrary loan.

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