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Classics 390: Junior Seminar

Use this guide to help you research topics in Classics.

Finding Books

1.) Library OneSearch

2.) e-Books and Online Texts

  • Finding eBooks in K Library Collections - ebooks are included in Library OneSearch
    search by keyword, full-text, author, and more

    • Ebook Central (ProQuest)
      collection of academic ebooks - download or read online
    • eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)
      collection of full-text ebooks (MeL resource) & library purchased ebooks

3.) MeLCat

  • What's going on with MeLCat?  Get your questions answered here!

    From now until August 2018, you must use a Kalamazoo Public Library account for requesting materials from MeLCat.

4.) Western Michigan's Library

5.) Interlibrary Loan

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 the Library Catalog:


See also: Library of Congress Classification...

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.