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Finding Books -- Politics 335
The Presidency


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 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 Keyword searches:

  • presiden*   --  various forms of a word, with results here
  • presiden* AND character  --  combination of terms, with results here
  • eisenhower AND (foreign OR international)   --   combination of terms, including synonyms, with results here
  • nixon AND "supreme court"  --   combination of terms, including phrase, with results here

To find books and other materials about a president, use the LC Subject Heading search.   See Truman.

To find books and other materials by a president, use the Author search.   See Truman.



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 page.

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