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HIS 2070: Vermont History: Finding books

Resources to support Castleton students and faculty doing research on Vermont history topics

Search for books and more

Use the Library Catalog to browse or search for books and more in the holdings of the VSC libraries.

Browse books related to Vermont history in the VSC library system
To limit to Castleton, click on the drop-down menu under All Libraries on the right

Or try an Advanced Search: put “United States history”  or "Vermont history" as a subject, and put in some keywords from your topic.

For browsing purposes,
the call number for
Vermont history is

If you're interested in an item in the catalog that is at another Vermont State College library, you can request to have it sent to Castleton for you. 

Click on the title of the item, then "Place Request" and sign in

It takes about a week if it's available.  You'll get an email in your Castleton email when it arrives.

Using the catalog

Searching by keyword (called "All Fields" in new 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:

Or, try an Advanced Search.

For example:

Then, 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.


To find more items catalogued under the same subject heading, while you're looking at the full catalog record for the item, look at the subject headings and click on the desired one:


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 CU email when it arrives.






Vermont Historical Society's library

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.

Documents in library holdings

Search libraries' catalogs for specific kinds of primary source materials. Try keywords such as

  • personal narrative 
  • correspondence
  • letters
  • diary
  • interview
  • oral
  • eyewitness
  • document/documentary
This is an example of a keyword search that includes terms that are likely to be used to describe primary sources in an online catalog.  You can copy the highlighted part and use it in OneSearch or another database, with your own keywords added after "and."

(personal narrative* or corresponden* or diar* or interview* or oral or eyewitness or letter* or document*)
and civil war and Vermont

(The asterisk substitutes for whatever letters that might come next, so that the search includes any words that start with what's typed but might end differently.  For example, diar* catches diary and diaries and diarist.  Different databases use different symbols for this.)

In the library's catalog, it might look like this:


Search strategies

Example Boolean search

Notice the parentheses around the or phrase and the truncation

child* and (television or TV or television viewing) and violen*