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Starting with a KEYWORD search in the catalog is a useful strategy for identifying pertinent subject headings as well as for locating relevant chapters within books. Think of synonyms for your main topic. For instance, CARTOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHY or MAPS, combined with another concept, would be useful for this class. You can also try searching by historical place names. Use quotes around phrases for a more focused search.
The library uses the Library of Congress classification system. Books (dvds, music scores, etc.) cataloged for the library's collection are assigned subject headings as a way to classify and categorize materials on the same subject.
If Vassar doesn't have books on your subject, doesn't own the book you need, or if our copy is checked out or missing, check to see if one of the ConnectNY libraries own it. Place the request using the barcode on the back of your ID card.
The headings below illustrate the hierarchical structure of the system.