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HIST 254 History, Memory, and Identity: Finding Books

Reference Books

Why Use Reference Books?

  • Reference material is a great place to find background information
  • Shows how a topic fits into a broader subject or discipline
  • Helps you to know if there is enough or too much information on a topic
  • Provides access to the specific vocabulary which serves as keywords for searching
  • Often contains bibliographies which point to key resources and experts to consult

The dictionary of the First World War,
Ref. D510 .P66 1996

Chronicle of the First World War , 2 vols  
Ref. D523 .G634 1990

The Holocaust and World War II almanac,  3 vols.,
Ref. D804.17 .H65 2001

World War II in Europe : an encyclopedia, 2 vols.,  
Ref. D740 .W67 1999

The Oxford companion to World War II,
Ref. D740 .O94 1995

Books: a step-by-step guide

Books: A Step-by-Step Guide

1.) Library OneSearch

  • Search by Keyword (use boolean logic)
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • Browse the shelves by Call Number

2.) e-Books and Online Texts

  • search by keyword, full-text, author, and more
  • download or read online.

3.) MeLCat

  • Search by Keyword
  • Find and Use Subject Headings
  • About MeLCat

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

5.) Interlibrary Loan

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

Examples of Subject Headings:



Subject Guide

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