Subject headings allow you to search 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.
One strategy to find books on your topic is to use a keyword search to find relevant subjects that you can click on to find more books on the same topic.
Topic: Symbolism and art in the French revolution.
What It Does
Searches for exact phrase
Searches for all forms of a word
Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
Lets you broaden or narrow your search
Knowing the right subect heading can help you get to information more quickly in Omni.
For example, World War II can be described using the following terms:
You could search Omni using all those keywords. Or, you could use one subject heading to find all of the library's materials about World War II:
World war, 1939-1945
Relevant subject headings for this course include:
Library of Congress Subject Headings use standard subdivisions under place names (countries, states, cities and other geographic divisions) to classify works. Here are some for history, which can be further subdivided by time period.
--politics and government
--social life and customs
The Blackwell Companion series of books are particularly useful for historiography since they give authoritative overviews of the scholarship that has shaped the understanding of a given subject, as well as ongoing debates among historians.
Search Omni by the following titles: Blackwell Companions to European History and Blackwell Companions to World History, to find such titles as:
Some are available online; others only in print.
A series of volumes on specific countries or topics. Search Omni by title for Oxford History of Modern Europe to find them all. Some are available online, others only in print.