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.
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.
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 - 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 of news
Television broadcasting - Periodicals
Television comedies - United States – history and criticism
United States Federal Communications Commission [Example of a corporate author, also searchable in under "author."]
Violence on television
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
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.