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RELS 313: HIV/AIDS & Ethics: Finding Books

Library Research Guide

Catalog Search Tips

Searching for books is often best done by either Keywords or Subject Headings. Start with a Keyword search and identify some relevant books. Then look at the subject headings for those books. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to revise your search strategies.

Here's an example:
Keyword Search: HIV AIDS and Ethics

Subject Headings:
AIDS (Disease) -- Religious aspects -- Catholic Church.

Book Catalogs

Holy Cross Library Catalog

WorldCat
The are over 49 million bibliographic records in WorldCat, covering books, journals, audiovisual materials, etc. Try searching for a topic of interest here. If HC has the book, you will see the words "COLLEGE OF THE HOLY CROSS," highlighted in blue. If you'd like a book that HC does not have, submit an interlibrary loan request.


Books at Dinand Library are arranged by Library of Congress Call Number. 

  Video: How to Read Call Numbers

  • Reference books are in the Main Reading Room. 
  • Call numbers A through G are on the upper (Mezzanine) level.
  • Call numbers H through Z are on the lower (Ground) level (with a few exceptions).
  • Call numbers starting with “Q, R, S, T” are in the Science Library.  You'll find that many books about HIV/AIDS and medical ethics are located in the Science Library.

Subject Guide

Jennifer (Adams) Whelan
Coordinator of Research & Instruction Services
Contact:
Dinand Library Room 208
508-793-2254
jwhelan@holycross.edu