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HIST 242: Enlightenment and its Legacies: 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

Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment, 4 vols., Ref B802 .E53 2003

 

France: a reference guide from the Renaissance to the present, Ref. DC 35 .R64 2004

 

 

 

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.) MeLCat

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

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

4.) 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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