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Detailed search of other libraries' catalogs worldwide
Searching BearCat (and other catalogs) for history
Use Basic Search to find books listed by author keyword and title keyword.
are also assigned subject terms in the catalog. A book is given the
most specific subject(s) which fully describes its contents. Use Basic Search / Words in Subject search
to look for specific subjects such as: GOVERNMENT - LATIN AMERICA --
HISTORY, as well as broad subject headings such as LATIN AMERICA--HISTORY. Also search for related geographical terms including: SOUTH AMERICA, CENTRAL AMERICA, and names of particular countries.
Remember that books on broad subjects may well have sections dealing with the more specific topic you are researching.
Time periods are
especially important when searching for history books. Each country or
city will have time periods appropriate to that place. To find the time
periods used for the history of a country, city, or region, do a Basic Search
by “Subject begins with...…”. Type in the PLACE NAME and the word
HISTORY. Then you can browse through screens of time period
subdivisions. This is very useful for places with many history books in
Example: Latin America History - you will see the many time periods of British history to choose from - in 3 groupings, listed one after the other.
historical periods named by century, e.g.
Latin America -- History -- 20th century
historical periods with date ranges, e.g.
Latin America -- History -- 1830-1898
Latin America -- History -- 1948-1980
historical periods with names (listed alphabetically), e.g.
Latin America -- History -- Wars of Independence (1806-1830)
Clearly, you will want to check all three sequential lists.
If you just use Basic Search / "All Fields" or "Words in Subject" for - Latin America History - you get more than 440 hits, with time periods all mixed together.
Also, use the SUBJECTS listed on the catalog records themselves to identify other useful search terms.