Search QCAT to find books, journals, videos and other materials owned by the Library. You can search by keywords, author, title or subject headings.
To find a specific known item, search by title or author. To find books on a topic, either try a subject or keyword search.
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. Think of the words that best describe your topic and then connect them with the boolean operators AND OR NOT. Use the results to find relevant titles and identify assigned subject headings for your topic in order to find similar books.
To find books by a particular author/person, search QCAT by author:
rousseau jean jacques
To find books about a particular author/person, search QCAT by subject heading:
rousseau jean jacques
To find books on a topic, use a keyword search if you do not know the correct subject heading for a topic. Think of the focus (or key) words that describe your topic.
france and revolution and (symbolism or art)
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.
Symbolism in art--France France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799--Art and the revolution Art--Political aspects--France Revolutions in art
To find general information on a country:
France--Politics and government--1789-1799
To find a particular time period:
France--History--Restoration--1841-1830 France--History--Louis XIV 1643-1715 Germany--Social conditions--1933--1945
To find an event:
Enlightenment Treaty of Versailles (1919)
To find an individual:
Voltaire France--History--Louis XV, 1715-1774
To find bibliographies on a topic, look for the subdivision bibliography following a subject heading or do a keyword search (preferably a guided keyword search by subject):
France--History--Revolution, 1789-1799--Bibliography France and revolution and bibliography
To find primary sources on a topic, look for the subdivision sources following a subject heading or do a keyword search (preferably a guided keyword search by subject):
Spain--History--Sources Spain and "civil war" and sources
Provides full-text access to major works in American, European and Middle Eastern history. Topics covered include many aspects of history plus archaeology, area studies, art, folklore, literature, music, philosophy, political science, religion, and women's studies. Records for these books should be in QCAT.