Finding History Sources in the Library Catalog

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Introduction

In this tutorial, you will learn how to search for history sources in the UA Library Catalog.

Use the arrows below to navigate through the tutorial.

 

Why search by Subject Heading?

When searching for history sources, it can be useful to identify a broad Library of Congress Subject Heading and browse for resources.

Subject headings are also useful when you want to locate sources about a particular person, place, or event.

Locate Subject Headings in a Library Catalog record

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One way to find subject headings is to do a keyword search and then look for the subjects listed in the catalog record.

  • Type: Presidents AND protesters into the search box
  • Click Search

How many records did you find?

Locate Subject Headings in a Library Catalog record

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Click the first link for Presidents and protesters: political rhetoric in the 1960s.  Scroll until you see Subjects

How many Subjects do you see listed?

Locate Subject Headings in a Library Catalog record

3 of 3Look at the Subjects listed in the record.  

Which subject would you choose if you wanted to locate additional resources about Vietnam War protests?

Use Subject Headings to locate relevant library materials

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Click Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements.


NOTE: Clicking on the subject link results in displaying a list of sources about the Vietnam War.

Why is locating an item's Subject useful?

Use Subject Headings to locate relevant library materials

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Scroll down the screen to locate the linked subject heading: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest Movements -- United States 

Snapshot of subject heading

Once you have located the subject heading, click the link.

How many library resources are listed under the subject heading Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest Movements -- United States?

Use Subject Headings to locate relevant library materials

3 of 3 Locate the title: American Ordeal: the antiwar movement of the Vietnam era 

What is the call number for this book?

Use Subject Headings to locate primary sources

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Finding  Primary Sources can be time consuming.

One technique is to search the word "sources" as a Subject.

  • Click Image of Start Overat the top of the screen.
  • Click the Advanced Search link

You are now in the Advanced search interface

  • Type: Mexico AND revolution in the first box
  • Change the second box from Any Field to SUBJECT
  • Type: sources in the second box
  • Click Search

Use Subject Headings to locate primary sources

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How many records did you find?

Use Subject Headings to locate primary sources

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Locate the title: Mexico otherwise: modern Mexico in the eyes of foreign observers

Click the title link

Scroll through the record to locate the Subject list. 

How many Subject Headings does this book have?

Use Subject Headings to locate primary sources

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To locate diaries, letters and other personal accounts (all of which are primary sources), use the following words or phrases as a subject search:

personal narratives
correspondence
diaries
interviews

Use Subject Headings to locate primary sources

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Now it is your turn:

  • Click Start Over
  • Go to the Advanced Search interface
  • Type: Kino in the first box
  • Change the second box from Any Field to SUBJECT
  • Type diaries in the second box
  • Click Search


How many records did you find?

Use Subject Headings to locate primary sources

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If you wanted to locate letters that were written by Stewart Udall what would be the best search?

 

Use Subject Headings to locate maps

  • Click Start Over
  • Go to the Advanced Search interface
  • Type: Santa Catalina in the first box
  • Change the second box from Any Field to SUBJECT
  • Type maps in the second box
  • Click Search

How many records did you find?

 

Good work, you have completed this tutorial.