Skip to Main Content


This guide is designed to help you find reliable, accurate information about poverty in the United States and in the rest of the world. Use the tabs at the top to navigate through the guide.

Search the Classic Catalog

Search for books using St. Louis Community College's Classic Catalog.


Catalog Search Help

Begin in the STLCC Catalog to find books in the library. The two basic methods for searching are the keyword and the subject searches. The subject search is somewhat misleading--it only searches for subjects as defined by the Library of Congress. Because most library users are not familiar with the official Library of Congress Subject Headings, it is often a good idea to begin with a keyword search. Some examples of keyword searches include

  1. poverty and fiction
  2. poor or poverty
  3. art and poverty
  4. poetry and poverty

NOTE: Use the connector "and" to separate distinct concepts in your search.  Use the connector "or" to separate synonyms in your search.

Results from your keyword searches will help you identify appropriate subject headings. Below are just a few examples of subject headings you will find in the STLCC Catalog.

  1. Poor -- United States -- Cross-cultural studies.
  2. Poverty in literature.
  3. Poverty -- United States.
  4. Poor -- Fiction.
  5. Poor in literature.

Finding DVD's or Videos

To find films that deal with poverty, begin with an advanced keyword search in the Library Catalog

Type your keyword(s) in the search box and then set a limit in the Material Type field to Video.  This will bring up a list of videos with your keywords mentioned in them.

You might also try searching the Internet Movie Database at

To find fiction about poverty

Try these books in the reference collection to help you find works of fiction with the theme of poverty.

Other book catalogs

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000