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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.
Searches full-text backfiles of various prominent scholarly journals, starting with their first issues. By limiting the dates in an Advanced Search of JSTOR, you can refine your search to specific periods to get an idea of historiographic trends over time.
Full text scholarly journals in arts and humanities, social sciences and mathematics from Johns Hopkins University Press. Often includes the more recent issues of journals whose backfiles are in JSTOR.
Archive of hundreds of digitized journals published in the arts, humanities and social sciences. A sister database, Periodicals Index Online, provides additional indexing for articles in over 4,700 periodicals.
If you request a book from another library that you would like to recommend Vassar adds to our collection, you can submit an acquisitions request using this form (if you enter the book's ISBN it will auto-fill the rest of the citation information).
Notice Subject Headings
Library of Congress Subject Headings are the classification system that determines the call numbers on library books
Make a list of Subject Headings related to your topic because it is useful language for searching databases and other academic library catalogs, even if you disagree with the language itself.
When you identify subject headings, and therefore areas of the library stacks, that are key to your topic, spend time browsing the shelves in that area. You will always find something through the serendipity of looking in the right place that would have escaped your notice just searching the catalog!
Click "request through InterLibrary Loan" on individual records to be directly linked to your ILL account.
A lending library reserves the right to decline a request. If a title is rare the lending library often will not send it through ILL. Noticing the "Libraries Worldwide" that own the title is a good indicator.
Request books and articles from other libraries. Use this if Connect NY does not have a title you need. You cannot use ILL if Vassar has a copy. In that case you need to submit and anonymous recall form.
Articles in scholarly journals must have citations and footnotes, and generally go through a peer-review process.
About Book Reviews: Book reviews are included in most scholarly journals. Another way to search for scholarly book review is by searching a book title in DISCOVER, which is located in the yellow box at the center of the library home page, toggled on the same tab as the library catalog. When you search discover for book reviews or scholarly articles, pay attention to the citations and notice what scholarly journal your article or review is published in.
H-Net - H-Asia is a great source for book reviews of scholarly titles. H-Net is the one of the exceptions to the rule about avoiding academic articles and book reviews found online. This is a reliable website administered from University of Michigan's History Department and contribute to by an "international interdisciplinary organization of scholars and teachers".