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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: AGRICULTURE--ENGLAND --
HISTORY, as well as broad subject headings such as EUROPE--HISTORY--18TH CENTURY.
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: Great Britain 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.
Great Britain -- History -- 14th century
Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
historical periods with date ranges, e.g.
Great Britain -- History -- 1066-1687
Great Britain -- History -- 1760-1789
historical periods with names (listed alphabetically), e.g.
Great Britain -- History -- Edward VII (1901-1910)
Great Britain -- History -- George III, 1760-1820
Clearly, you will want to check all three sequential lists.
If you just use Basic Search / "All Fields" or "Words in Subject" for - Great Britain History - you get more than 2700 hits, with time periods all mixed together.
Also, use the SUBJECTS listed on the catalog records themselves to identify other useful search terms.