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High School History Guide: Library Introduction & Resources: Finding Books

Searching Our Library Catalog: CONSORT

The CONSORT catalog (link below) may be used to locate books, government documents, documentaries, sound recordings, and many other types of materials available in the Kenyon Library.  Because your guest Kenyon library guest account only allows you to borrow items owned by Kenyon, be sure your first step in using our catalog is to Limit by location and focus your search for materials held at Kenyon.  Accessing our electronic book collection (ebooks) from off campus will require you type in your last name and your full patron barcode (this is located on your library card).  Some government documents may be available from federal websites and those you are able to access from off campus without typing in your name or barcode..

Begin your research using simple WORD searches:

My keyword search for nurses world war indicated that there are 31 books on this topic at Kenyon.  Looking further at the individual record for: They called them angels: American military nurses of World War II I found official subject headings to add to my strategy.  I could click on any of the subject headings and see books related to my search. 

To narrow the keyword search results list I added 'united states' to my strategy which now becomes: nurses world war united states  There are 17 search results using these keywords.  Each online record will tell you quite a bit about the book including if it is electronic or physically in our library, where is it located (call numbers D, E, F are "History" on the third floor of the library, H is in the area of "women's studies" on the 2nd floor, the call number will also indicate that it is a government document).  Location information may be found in the 'record' for each title.  The downside to using keyword searches is that you may also find less-relevant materials because of the broad search terms.  These materials can be quickly eliminated by using common sense or subject headings listed within each library item's record..

Narrow your focus and use your time wisely:

Using subject heading links will allow you to locate materials on your topic.  Just 'click' on the relevant link:

Subject World War, 1939-1945 -- Medical care -- United States
World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, American
Nurses -- United States -- Biography
United States -- Armed Forces -- Nurses -- Biography

 You may also browse the physical shelves above and below a book on your topic this method often helps you find related books.  Locatpublished bibliographies in relevant books and journal articles to help you find more materials on your topic.

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