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Reading Michael Ondaatje

Searching the Library Catalogue

Search the library catalogue, QCAT, to find specific titles, authors and redefined subjects.   

Do an Author search to find books by a literary author, e.g. Ondaatje  
    ondaatje m (within author)

Do a Subject search for find books about a literary author, e.g. Ondaatje
    ondaatje m (within subject heading)

Note that when referring to specific people, subject headings often include birth and death dates.

Subject Headings vs Keyword Searching

Subject headings allow you to search the library catalogue for resources on a particular author or topic and are often more productive than keyword searches. 

Keyword searches work best if you have multiple concepts or topics. Use the results to find relevant titles and identify assigned subject headings for your topic in order to find similar books. 

Start with the broad subject heading, Ondaatje Michael and then browse the subheadings

     Ondaatje Michael, 1943- 
     Ondaatje Michael, 1943-  Anil's ghost
     Ondaatje Michael, 1943-  --Biography
     Ondaatje Michael, 1943-  --Criticism and interpretation

To find books concerning a particular mode or genre in a particular language or period, search the mode or genre by subject heading. This will give you a list of more specific subject headings from which you can choose. Some examples include:

     Canadian literature
     Culture in literature
     Fiction technique
     Multiculturalism in literature
     Postmodernism (Literature)
     Race in literature