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Sophomore Seminar 207: Infection: Global Health: Books

Finding Books

1.) Library OneSearch

2.) e-Books

  • Finding e-Books in K Library Collections
    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

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

Using Subject Headings

Search by Keyword and look for Library of Congress Subject Headings in library catalog records.
To modify a search:

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


Keywords or Subject Headings?

Start with Keywords

All research begins with the words 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 Library OneSearch.  

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.  Remember to ask a Librarian if you need help finding materials for your research.

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