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AMST 327: Beyoncé, J-Lo, and Other Divas

New Directions in Black and Latina Feminism, Spring 2023

SuperSearch Advanced Search

SuperSearch can be a great place to start to find out what's out there on your topic. SuperSearch will find books, journal articles, films, news, and almost everything else the library has — from popular to scholarly sources. You can use the filters on the results screen to improve your results.

For searching with more focus and precision, try one of the databases recommended on this guide.

You can use the filters to focus your search. Scroll down to Source Types, and choose Show More to see all types. Choosing Books, eBooks, and Academic Journals will help you narrow in on scholarly sources. (Not all books will be scholarly, but many will be.)

Key Databases with Scholarly Sources

The databases listed here are just a selection of what is available through Wellesley. See our Databases A-Z list and browse by Subject to find other databases relevant to your research.  

Multidisciplinary Databases

These databases contain citations & full text for scholarly articles in a variety of fields.

Search the Library Catalog

Catalog Search Tips

Why should I search the library catalog?

The library catalog is another way to search for books, ebooks, and videos. Although SuperSearch includes the library catalog, searching the catalog separately can give you a smaller, more focused set of results. While SuperSearch will search inside many books, for example, the library catalog will just search information about each book (what is often called metadata). This can be very helpful for relevancy (since you'll only get results in which your search terms are important enough to be included in the metadata), but it means the specific terms you choose become more important. Try a variety of keywords, and use what you find to find more. You can also use the subject terms to browse related materials.

Try a keyword search. Once you find a book that's relevant to your topic, click on the title and look for Subjects in the record of that book to help you find "more like this."

Sample keyword search for

  • feminist "hip hop"

leads to linked subject terms and more books related to this topic, e.g.,

Search Tips

Use AND to combine terms in your search:  hip hop AND politics

Use OR to expand results:  gender OR femininity OR masculinity

Use * to find variant endings, or as a wild card:  wom*  latin*

Use " " to search words as a phrase:  "hip hop"

Book Locations and Maps

Quick Guide to Clapp Library Locations

Call # / Location  
Books & Videos A-DZ
Knapp Multimedia Ctr
Computer Classroom
First Floor

Computing Help Desk
Research Help Desk
Reference Books
Science Collection

Second Floor
Books & Videos E-PM
Third Floor
Books & Videos PN-Z
Special Collections
Book Arts Lab
Fourth Floor


How to find items by call number

Clapp Library Floor Plans

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Music Library Location (located in the Jewett Arts Center)

Main Floor

Music Books

Music DVDs

Music Periodicals

MFD printer/copier/scanner


Request at desk




Lower Floor

Music Scores and Parts

Sound Lab