UW Libraries catalog: includes the collections of the University Libraries, UW Law Library, and the American Heritage Center. http://uwcatalog.uwyo.edu/
Prospector: a unified catalog of twenty-three academic, public and special libraries in Colorado and Wyoming. UW students, faculty and staff can borrow materials from Prospector. http://prospector.coalliance.org/
Request It: UW students, faculty and staff can request books, journal volumes, journal articles and other materials, regardless of whether it is available in the UW Libraries, online or in libraries around the world. A free service! Request It link.
Searching the library catalog is a bit different than a simple Google search. For best results, break your research question into a few keywords. For example:
How have U.S. penal policies affected minority populations?
criminal code, penal code, minorities, United States
When searching, type a keyword into the search box, then type a second keyword separated by "AND" (in all caps).
Example: "criminal code AND minorities"
Or: "U.S. penal code AND hispanics"
Or: "crime and punishment AND african americans AND united states"
Try different combinations of keywords, or alternative keywords (such as "crime and punishment" instead of "penal system").
Keep Trying! Don't be afraid to ask for help!