Basic Example: Find books on Black History in Ontario
TIP: Use an asterisk to find different word endings:
Librarians use subject headings to describe what books are about in the catalogue. You can use these subject headings to find more books.
Knowing how subject headings work can help you choose your keywords. You can also start off with a subject search by choosing 'subject' from the drop-down menu when you enter your terms.
Our subject headings come from the Library of Congress. Here some examples:
Some headings are subdivided to narrow down the place or time:
Blacks--Ontario--North Buxton--History--19th Century
Blacks in Literature
Canadian Drama, Black authors
Caribbean Canadian Women
Racially mixed people--Canada
People and organizations - enter the name of a person with the family name first:
Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters
Events, movements, things
World War 1939-1945 Canada
Notice that subject headings can be awkward, uncomprehensive, out of date. For example, there is no subject heading for Black Gay men. You could use keywords instead.
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