Skip to Main Content

United States History Research Guide

Primary and secondary sources for the study of US History.

Library Catalog: discoverE

Emory University

Georgia & Other Universities

Search Tips

Books in libraries are assigned subject headings - standardized terms that ensure books on the same topic can be found even if you enter different search terms.  For example, a search for "United States Civil War" OR "War Between the States" in discoverE will retrieve records for books having this standard subject heading: United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

When you find a good book on your topic, click on the subject headings assigned to that book in discoverE to find other titles on that topic. Or, use the subject heading terms in a new search.

You can employ these strategies - and the same subject headings - to search by topic in the WorldCat "mega-catalog" and in most academic library catalogs.

Examples of subject headings [NOTE: omit dashes and other punctuation when typing in catalog search terms]:

 

Finding E-Books

Search our library catalog, discoverE, for e-books. For detailed instructions on how to search discoverE for e-books, visit our guide on locating e-books.
 
Not finding what you need? You can contact us or request an e-book here.