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Television Research Guide: Find Books / LC Subject Headings

discoverE vs. EUCLID

To find items in the library, you can use either discoverE or EUCLID. Try discoverE for quick consultations and initial investigation of a topic. For more more advanced research, use EUCLID. The Euclid on the Web User's Guide offers more detailed instructions.

  • discoverE has a flexible, easy-to-use interface and a handy "Refine My Results" function that lets you limit your search results by "Topic," "Author/Creator," "Creation Date," etc. Start at the "Books and More" tab:

  • EUCLID requires a little more practice, but it enables you to retrieve more precisely tailored results. The "Complex Search" tab to the right of the EUCLID search screen allows you to combine many different types of search terms:

For example, you can do a subject keyword search limited to the format BOOKS if you only want books and not videos. As always, feel free to ask me or one of the Reference staff for help using either discoverE or EUCLID.

Both discoverE and EUCLID display Library of Congress subject headings. See below for more information.

Using LC Subject Headings

The Library of Congress subject heading system is one of the most powerful tools you can use to find books, videos and journals on your research topic. It pays to learn how the system works! Almost all items in the library use LC subject headings to provide standardized subject headings that link them to other related items in the collection. Here are some sample LC subject headings to show typical vocabulary and structure:


African Americans on television

Broadcasting - United States - History - 20th Century [Notice the structure: general to specific! If you want to do a broader search, you can remove the phrases to the right each hyphen.]

Broadcasting policy

Broadcasting - Periodicals

Buffy, the vampire slayer (television program) [For literature about the television program.] 

Mass media - political aspects – United States

Minorities on television

Telecommunication - Periodicals. 

Television and history

Television broadcasting

Television broadcasting of news

Television broadcasting - Periodicals 

Television comedies - United States – history and criticism

Television personalities

United States Federal Communications Commission [Example of a corporate author, also searchable in under "author."]

Violence on television

Here are some sample genre index terms, also searchable under subject in EUCLID and discoverE:

Game shows

Reality television programs

Reality television programs - United States [To exclude British reality shows such as the original Big Brother]

Television serials [For shows with continuing story lines.]

Television comedies - United States

Cop shows

Detective and mystery television programs

HINT: Try choosing the "browse" option when doing a EUCLID subject search to see a full listing of available subect headings.

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