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HUMN 2563 - Humanities Through the Arts: Finding Books

Finding Books

Searching Tips

Boolean Logic
Organize your search. Use AND, OR, or NOT to group search terms for the online catalog and databases.

Types of Searches (Keyword, title, subject, etc.)

Keyword is like Google—it finds your search term anywhere. Exact Search finds words in order. Subject, Title, Author, etc. searches are more powerful because they search only in those parts of the database.

Subject Headings Use Subject Searches (either Exact or Browse) to find database-specific terms that demonstrate what the work is ABOUT.

Truncation Use the asterisk (*) to search using root words. For “teen*” you get “teens”; “teen”; “teenager”, etc.

Catalog Search

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WorldCat Search Box

Google Books

Google Book Search

Reference Resources

Browsing the Collection

The Boreham Library's collection is organized using the Dewel Decimal System.  The call numbers listed below are for areas of the collection most relevant to your research.  You can click on the links to see more detailed information about that Dewey class.  

700 The Arts

  • 720 Architecture 
  • 730 Sculpture, ceramics, & metalwork
  • 740 Graphic arts & decorative arts
  • 750 Painting
  • 760 Printmaking & prints
  • 770 Photography, computer art, film, video
  • 780 Music
  • 790 Sports, games & entertainment (Public Performance)

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism

  • 810 American literature in English
  • 820 English & Old English literatures
  • 830 German & related literatures
  • 840 French & related literatures
  • 850 Italian, Romanian, & related literatures
  • 860 Spanish, Portuguese, Galician literatures
  • 870 Latin & Italic literatures
  • 880 Classical & modern Greek literatures

900 History

  • 920 Biography & genealogy
  • 930 History of ancient world (to ca. 499)
  • 940 History of Europe
  • 970 History of North America