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:
To find books about a particular author/person, search QCAT by subject heading:
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.
(poverty or poor) and (britain or england) and (19th or nineteenth)
Select useful titles and look at the full record for subject headings.
Examples of subject headings relating to British history:
Britain, Battle of, 1940
Elizabeth I Queen of England
Great Britain--Economic conditions--1760-1860
Great Britain--History--Civil War, 1642-1649
Great Britain--History--Tudors, 1485-1603
Great Britain--Politics and government--1800-1837
To find bibliographies on a topic, look for the subdivision bibliography following a subject heading.
great britain--social conditions--bibliography
To find primary sources in the library, look for the subdivision sources following a subject heading.
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