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HIST 8600 - Comparative Slavery - Landers: Finding Books

Where to find books

Keyword vs. Subject Searching

Step 1: Start your search process by brainstorming a list of keywords that describe the main concepts of your topic or question.

Step 2: When you find a relevant title, click on its title to see its Library Catalog record. ​

Scroll down to its Subject Headings: "Subject." Click on the links to see all the other titles in Library Catalog listed under the same subject heading (tag).

Using categories to search for books

Useful Library of Congress Subject Headings

Try a "SUBJECT starts with" search using Library of Congress Subject Headings:

Slavery America
Slaves Emancipation
Women slaves
Slave insurrections Brazil
Antislavery movements
Fugitive slaves
Slave trade
Indian slaveholders
Indian slaves 

E-book Collections

Search Tips in Library Catalog

1. Use AND to combine terms

example:  slaves AND mexico

2. Use OR to search related terms

example:  slave OR slavery

3. Use $ to truncate a word and return all possible variants (slave, slaves, slavery)

4. Use ?  to find single letter variants (slave? searches slaves or slave)

5. Use parentheses to search for for related terms

(slave? or slavery) and (indians or Choctaw?)