Begin Your Research
We have organized this guide as a pathfinder to selected resources for Vermont history and government.
1) Select the Reference Sources option for locating background information on a topic. Encyclopedias, both in print and online, provide an overview of a subject as well as identify key authors and scholars who have contributed to the field. Lists of books and articles in bibliographies at the end of an encyclopedia entry are often referenced as well. You can then use those names and titles in book catalogs and databases to learn more about the subject.
2) Then, select the Search the Catalog option to locate books, videos and other media in the VSC libraries. There are tips on using the catalog to locate materials in our library collection using subject, author, title or keyword searches. In addition, there are instructions on how to request items from other libraries using interlibrary loan.
Update Your Findings
To locate additional information or articles in periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals), use the Periodicals and Indexes tab to identify sources unique to the study of Vermont. If an article is not available in full text online, in print in our collection, or in full text on the Web, you can place interlibrary loan requests using the information on that section of the site. Please contact us with your questions about the research process.
The Willey Library Reference Staff