Find 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.

Locate the UA Library Catalog

Using the library homepage to your right, place your cursor over the Search & Find tab and click Library Catalog.

You are now in the Library Catalog.

Why search by Subject Heading?

When searching for history sources, it can be useful to identify a broad subject heading and browse for resources. Subject headings are also useful when you want to locate a set of materials that relate to a particular person, place, or event.

Locate Subject Headings in a Library Catalog record

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

Notice that the catalog defaults to a  Keyword search.

Type: Presidents AND protesters into the first search box

Click Submit

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 the subject brings you to a page where links to related subjects are displayed.

Why is locating an item's Subject useful?

Use Subject Headings to locate relevant library materials

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Locate the subject heading: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest Movements -- United States (You will need to click the Next link located at the top or bottom of the screen.)

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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There are certain ways that you can construct a search that will help you locate Primary Sources One method is to search the word sources as a subject.

Click Start Over (located at both the top and bottom of the screen)

Type: Mexico AND revolution in the first box

Type: sources in the second box

Use the drop-down arrow to the left of the second box to select SUBJECT

Click Submit

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 link

Scroll until you see Subjects

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

Click the Start Over button

Type: Kino in the first box

Type diaries in the second box

Use the drop-down arrow to the left of the second box to select SUBJECT

Click Submit

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 the Start Over button

Type: Santa Catalina in the first box

Type maps in the second box

Use the drop-down arrow to the left of the second box to select SUBJECT

Click Submit

How many records did you find?

 

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