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SOCI/LALS 251: Development and Social Change in Latin America


Starting with a KEYWORD search in the catalog is a useful strategy for identifying pertinent subject headings.  Additionally, try a keyword search when the topic you're researching is very new or very specific.

Subject Headings

Books (dvds, music scores, etc.) cataloged for the library's collection are assigned subject headings as a way to classify and categorize materials on the same subject.  The headings below illustrate the hierarchical structure of the system.

If Vassar doesn't have books on your subject, doesn't own the book you need, or if our copy is checked out or missing, check to see if one of the CNY libraries own it.  Place the request using the barcode on the back of your ID card.


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