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. Use the Classic Catalog or CrossSearch to search for books. Some suggested keywords include...
Then look at the subject headings for the books that you find. 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.
Examples of subject headings:
In general, critical editions will be shelved with literature for their subject area. So, for example, a critical edition of a Latin text would be located in the same area as all of the other Latin literature. Generally speaking, you can find Ancient Greek literature in call number range PA3050 to PA4505, and Latin literature between PA5000 to PA5660.
These books are solid introductions to concepts and problems related to scholarly editing and critical editions.
This guide was originally created in 2011 under the supervision of Kevin Gunn, Coordinator of Religious Studies & Humanities Services. The guide was designed for the use of the Religious Studies & Philosophy Library at The Catholic University of America. It has been copied and adapted with permission, and with many thanks!