Finding History Sources in the Library Catalog

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Why Use Subject Headings?

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

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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.

Your Turn:

  • In the Library Search box, type: presidents AND protesters
  • Click Search

             

Locate Subject Headings

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How many records did you find?

Locate Subject Headings

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Your Turn:

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

Locate Subject Headings

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How many Subjects do you see listed?

Locate Subject Headings

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Which of these subjects would you choose if you wanted to locate additional resources about Vietnam War protests?

Using Subject Headings

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Your Turn:

  • Click Peace movements -- History -- United States.

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

Using Subject Headings

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Why is locating an item's Subject useful?

 

Using Subject Headings

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How many library resources are listed under this subject heading?

 

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.

Your Turn:

  • Click at the top of the screen
  • Click the Advanced Search link

You are now in the Advanced search interface

Locate primary sources

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Your Turn:

  • 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

Locate primary sources

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How many records did you find?

Locate primary sources

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Your Turn:

  • Locate the title: The frontiers and Catholic identities
  • Click the title link
  • Scroll through the record to locate the Subject list

Locate primary sources

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How many Subject Headings does this book have?

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

                

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Your Turn:

  • Scroll back up to the search box
Advanced Search should still be open
  • Type: Kino in the first box
  • Change the second box from Any Field to SUBJECT
  • Type diaries in the second box
  • Click Search

Locate primary sources

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How many records did you find?


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?

Locate Maps

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Your Turn:

  • Scroll back up to the search box

Advanced Search should still be open

  • Type: Santa Catalina in the first box
  • Change the second box from Any Field to SUBJECT
  • Type maps in the second box
  • Click Search

         

Locate Maps

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How many records did you find?

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