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HI362 - Saints & Sinners: Medieval Popes: Books & eBooks

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Subject Headings - How to Find Similar Books More Effeciently

Librarians assign "subject headings" for every item in our collections. This process ensures that we can quickly locate materials on the same topic. Using these existing headings can make finding similar sources much easier and effective! Follow the steps below to try using subject headings for your own research project.


Step 1: Locate a book in the Kreitzberg Library's catalog that fits well with your research topic. The example we'll use is A Short History of the Papacy in the Middle Ages by Walter Ullmann. 

Step 2: Click on the "Description" tab in the book's record (shown below).

Screenshot of a WorldCat Discovery record

Step 3: Look for the "Subjects" heading and locate the most relevant subject heading link for your topic. For this example, we chose the "Church history Middle Ages, 600-1500" heading (shown below). Click this heading to find other books at the Kreitzberg Library that have been tagged with the same heading.

Screenshot of a WorldCat Discovery item record - subject headings shown

Step 4: Review your subject heading search results for other books that could be useful for your project. Our subject heading search for this example found a total of 13,164 results!

Search of a subject heading in WorldCat Discovery

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