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A Guide To...History

Catalog Search Tips

Try exploring CrossSearch for books related to your topic. If Holy Cross does not have a book you need, you can use WorldCat to search for books from other libraries and then request these books through Interlibrary Loan.

Search tip: Search for books 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 identify other keywords to try. 

Example Keyword Search: 
Civil War soldiers memoirs

Example Subject Headings: 
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Personal narratives.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Sources.
Washington, Mary Ball, 1708-1789.

Article Search Tips

If you already have the citation information for an article, don't use the databases -- you can track it down directly through our E-Journals Search






All the information that you will need is in this citation. You can find some tips for using the E-Journals search here.  Can't find the journal in E-Journals? Check CrossSearch to see if we have a paper copy in the library: