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LASC 235: Issues in Latin American Studies II

This guide will assist you in locating resources for LASC 235. Email or phone the subject specialist for more information and assistance.

Using Index Labels for Precision Searching

Woldcat has Index labels which allow for very specific searches.   The following example shows how to search for John Stark's book The Literature of Exhaustion: Borges, Nabokov, and Barth.  

When using boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) place them in upper case letters.



Click here for a  full list of index labels

Phrase Searching in Worldcat UMD

Use quotes to retrieve records with an exact phrase literature of exhaustion.  Without quotes the individual words will be combined with an "and" operator.

Advanced Search

From the  UMD Libraries' home page., click Advanced Search to get the Advanced Search screen:


Boolean, Wildcards, and Related Subject Searches

Use the OR boolean operator, in upper case, to include alternate spellings, synomyms. or related terms; enclose the terms within parentheses (); this technique CANNOT be used in the first box, but CAN be used in the second or subsequent boxes.

The asterisk (*) is the truncation symbol. (e.g., argentin* matches argentina, argentinian, argentine, etc.)

You can use the drop down menus to change the index labels.  In this example in the second box, "title" was changed to "keyword".

You can add additional rows to your search.

Boolean, Wildcards, and Subject Searches


Once you find a book on your topic use the "Subjects" that appear in the "Description" of the record to find additional resources on your topic.