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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.
Reference sources, including encyclopedias and handbooks, can help expand your understanding of key terms and concepts related to your research topic. Many of these resources also contain recommendations for further reading and more in-depth study.
Click on the location (Main) to see a map and find the book in the stacks
Click on the call number (B126 .Z46237 2016 ) to see what books are located nearby (call numbers group information together by subject/topic)
Click on a subject heading (Philosophy, Chinese) to find other books on this subject
Are you looking for books and articles?
Try Discover. It searches the Vassar catalog, as well as many of our resources for scholarly articles.
You'll often get a lot of search results in Discover. Use the options in the left sidebar to set limits and find the most relevant sources for your topic.
Choose the content type that best meets your research need.
Select one or more disciplines if you're finding too many sources from less-relevant areas of scholarship.
You can also limit to a range of publication years or by language.
Find articles and more in your subject area with databases
As a Vassar researcher, you have access to hundreds of databases. We have databases that contain different types of materials (scholarly articles, newspapers, images, primary sources, audio and video...), as well as databases that are especially appropriate for particular subject areas (philosophy, Asian studies, history...). When choosing a database, try to match where you search to what you hope to find. Here are some examples of databases that may be useful for your annotated bibliography.
JSTOR has journals from many different subject areas, and is a great database to use when you're starting your research. It can help you get a sense of the scholarship that exists on your topic, and the perspectives that scholars from a variety of fields have brought to your area of interest.
PhilPapers is a specialized database that focuses on sources in philosophy including articles, books, conference papers, academics' personal web pages, and more. This resource will help you hone in on the scholarly conversation within the discipline of philosophy. If JSTOR allows you to see "what scholars say" about your topic, you can think of PhilPapers as revealing "what scholars of philosophy say" about your topic - so you're getting more focused in your research and exploration.
This resource contains scholarship from a variety of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, focusing on East, Southeast, and South Asia. If you've gone from general (JSTOR) to specific (PhilPapers) in your search for sources, Bibliography of Asian Studies will help you apply a multidisciplinary lens to your topic.
You've found a great book on your topic, but you're struggling to find other sources. Try citation tracing to identify additional relevant books and articles. This sounds fancy and complicated, but it's as simple as checking out the bibliography and/or notes in a source you've already found, and using these citations to expand your search.