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Finding Books
Poverty Studies


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 probably is "keywords" -- 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:

  • poverty children   (combination of two words, with results here)
  • poverty child*   (combination of words, using an asterisk to find various forms of a word, with results here)
  • "low income"   (using quotation marks to indicate multi-word phrase, with results here)
  • poverty AND (women* OR gender)   (more-or-less synonymous terms, with results here)

Here is a list of new books (published since 2005) on poverty which are available in Leyburn Library.


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.