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We are excited to share our new Library catalog and search tool! We hope that you will find it easy to search and explore our collections. If you need help, have questions, or want to share feedback, visit the Ask a Librarian page.

Find, Borrow, Request

Search Options


Discovery tools are applications that can simultaneously search a library’s physical collection, digital holdings, media and many open access resources relevant to academic research such as HathiTrust and other digital projects.

Key features:

  • You can search books, articles, media, and more at the same time.
  • This is the only place you can search for an article by its title.
  • Choose this option for searching streamed audio databases

Vassar Catalog

Library catalogs are the long established standard for searching a library collection. It maximizes use of the Library of Congress Classification System's Subject Headings taxonomy by searching subject terms and linking subject headings for easy browsing.  

Key features:

  • Clicking on a call number allows browsing of shelf holdings through the catalog.
  • Subject heading searching and linking make for easy browsing.

Note: You cannot search for articles in the catalog.


See a list of all databases that provide access to articles, newspapers, encyclopedias, indexes, streaming audio and visual recordings, primary source collections, musical and artistic works, and more.

  • Sort by Departments/Programs and/or Database Type
  • Choose this option to get to materials not covered by Discover or the catalog.

 Some of this content is incorporated into Discover, but using individual databases can provide an opportunity for browsing and deeper-dive searching.

Course Reserves

Find material that your professor has placed on reserve for a class. Search by instructor or course.


Search for a specific journal by journal title. Titles are listed in A-Z order or by journal subject.

For articles, use Discover or Databases.

Research Guides

Find recommended resources and research tips by librarians on a wide variety of subjects and courses.

Students researching at the libraries