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ANSO 232: Nature and Society: Books

Keywords or Subject Headings?

Start with Keywords

 All research begins with the language that you use to think about your topic. This language provides keywords, or the natural language you use to describe your research topic. Start your search by developing a simple concept map of your topic using keywords to begin your search for books, DVDs, and other material in Ariadne. 

 Subject Headings

 A subject heading is a descriptive phrase librarians assign to an item to describe its contents or subject. Finding the subject heading that leads to the information you need cane be one of the most difficult aspects of doing library research. The keywords you use to describe your topic may not be the same words or in the same order as the subject headings used in the online catalog.

Although they are complicated, subject headings are really useful. Always start your search by using keywords of concepts as described above. From the catalog results list, find an item of interest and click on the full record to see the subject headings assigned to that item. Click on the relevant subject heading to retrieve more items in the same category. Be sure to keep track of particular phrases that narrow or broaden your results.

Many subject headings provide detailed information about the item's contents.  Use LC headings in the subject field of a search in Ariadne.  Always remember to ask a Librarian if you need help finding materials for your research.

Using Subject Headings

Search by Keyword and look for Subject Headings in individual records.
To modify a search:

  • Use words from the Subject Heading in a Keyword search
  • Click on the Subject Heading itself

Library of Congress Subject Headings in Ariadne:

  • Civilization
  • Civilization,

 

See also: Library of Congress Classification...

Finding Books

1.) Library OneSearch

2.) e-Books

  • Finding e-Books in K Library Collections
    search by keyword, full-text, author, and more

3.) MeLCat

4.) Western Michigan's Library
      (included in MeLCat, but if you want your materials faster, just walk to WMU!)

5.) Interlibrary Loan

  • Use WorldCat
  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Order item through ILLiad - Interlibrary Loan

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