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How to Search for Books
Searching for Library Sources
Combined Author/Title option
- quickest way to find an item if you know the author and title
- use the Author or Title options only if you know the exact forms
- yields only items catalogued under prescribed subject headings (i.e., Library of Congress headings; see list of possible subject headings below). If you are not familiar with these, use:
Keyword Option (words from the title)
- usually yields more hits as it searches author, subject headings, titles and series
Subject Keyword is also useful.
Examples of subject headings:
Note the numerous sub-headings when searching the history of a particular country. Many refer to specific time periods.
Useful Call Numbers
Call numbers for history typically start with D, E or F
B740-B753 Islamic Philosophy
BP1-BP200 Islam (General)
DS36-DS248 History, Arab World
ML-3754-3758 Music, Middle East
JQ 1758-1852 Politics, Middle East
NA 380-388 Architecture, Islamic
NA 1465-1599 Architecture, Middle East
PJ 6025-8517 Languages and Literature: Arabic
, Children's Literature
, Environmental Studies
, International Relations
, Law - U.S.