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Finding Books  --  latin american and caribbean studies 396
capstone seminar  --  botta



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

The preferred method for searching Annie for material on a particular topic/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:

  • politic* AND women* AND ("latin america" OR "south america") -- with results here
  • Depending upon your topic, you also might need to include individual country names in a search, instead of latin america or south america.     Example:  politic* AND women* AND argentina, with this result
  • Consider synonyms or near-synonyms.  Example:  ("shining path" OR "sendero luminoso"), with this result



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.