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Global Studies Subject Guide (archived): Finding books

Resources to support Castleton's Global Studies program

Using the VSC catalog

Use the Vermont State Colleges Online Catalog to search for books and more.

Searching by keyword (called "All Fields" in VSC online catalog)


Choose the most significant concepts for your search.  Put "and" between them.  Click on Find button or hit enter.


For example:

Searching by subject

Put your subject term in the basic search box, and select Subject from the drop-down menu. 

For example:

Advanced Search

Another option is to try an Advanced Search.

For example:

Then, you could put in your topic as a subject.  Add a keyword for a more focused search.


Click on a title to learn more about the item and where it's located. (This one is an ebook)

To place an interlibrary loan request for a book or audiovisual item found at another college in the Vermont State Colleges Online Catalog:

  • Click on the book's title
  • Click on "Place A Request" in the Holdings tab.

You'll receive the book in approximately one week if it's available.  You'll get a message in your Castleton email when it arrives.

Other sources for books

Searching for books beyond Vermont State College libraries' holdings

Worldcat is a very large union catalog that includes the holdings of most U.S. academic libraries.

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>


Google Book Search

Google Books permits searching the full content of some books. Books in the public domain (not copyright protected) are available online.

Interlibrary loan, to obtain books not available in a VSC library:

If you find a book (or other item) of interest that the VSC libraries don't own, you can request it through interlibrary loan

Within the library catalog, click on Search Other Libraries

Find the book you want and click on  

Then log in and make the request.  Pay attention to your Castleton email for follow-up.


You can browse Castleton's EBSCO ebook collection,
browse a list of books on global topics or search the ebook collection.

(Subscription resource. Log-in required for off-campus access.)


An example title:

Environment in World History

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