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MUTH 110: The Republic to Rationalism: History, Arts, and Performance I

Book citation

How to analyze a book citation

Petersen, Nils Holger. "Representation in European Devotional Rituals: The Question of the Origin of Medieval Drama in Medieval Liturgy." In Origins of Theater in Ancient Greece and Beyond, edited by Eric Csapo, Margaret C. Miller, 329-60. Cambridge University Press, 2007.

The citation refers to a chapter in an edited book.
Tip: Search QCAT by Title Exact to see if Queen's Library has the book origins of theater in ancient greece.  Omit initial articles (the, an, a).  Ignore punctuation and case.

Searching QCAT for books and ebooks

Search QCAT, the catalogue of the Queen's University Library, by Author, Title, Keyword/Keyword BooleanSubject Heading, or Call Number to find books and other materials in our collection.  Keyword Boolean searching can be very useful to find books on topics or information in other formats, especially if you don't know the correct subject heading, or specific author or title.
Search by Keyword Boolean using and”, “or”, “not to combine terms
Narrow or refine search by adding other terms: e.g. 
music and theatre and greece
greek and music and disc
Broaden search using the "?" symbol to truncate for variable word endings (e.g. nouns, adjectives, singular or plural) or by using "or" between similar or possible terms nested in brackets: e.g. 
cultur? and ethnocentri? [for ethnocentric or ethnocentrism]
music and theat? and ancient and (greece or greek)
tango? and (disc or sound or video?) (for music or dance on sound or videorecordings)
Use quotes around a phrase or concept: e.g. 
"oedipus rex" (for titles of films, plays or songs)
"cultural relativism" (use for concept of two or more words)
"cultural construction?" (use ? truncation symbol to retrieve singular or plural form)
Limit large result sets by library location or by using "not": e.g.
         tango? (limit to Music Collection (in Stauffer Library) for music; to Stauffer Library for dance/interdisciplinary materials)
         beethoven and symphon? and "op. 68" not (disc or sound) (to find books and/or scores only)         
From your results, select useful titles and click on the subjects assigned to find other books on your topic.

Browsing by Call numbers

Browsing call numbers on shelves or online is another strategy for locating books on a topic that can lead to serendipitous discovery.

When you find a call number in QCAT on a topic of interest, browse in that call number (LC classification) range for more items on your topic. Some Music class number ranges are given as an example:

   ML159-360 (music history & criticism, by country)
   ML3545-3776 (National music: blues, folk, jazz, ethnic, etc.) 
   ML3797 (Musicology: methods of historical research)


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