Kelvin Smith Library
The library catalog can be used to find books by keyword and subject on your topic.
Keyword searches are a good way to begin your topic search. Remember that when you are looking at individual records, the subject headings are links and can be used to perform more focused searches for materials on your topic. For example, a keyword search for the term "depression" brings back a list of books, some of which relate to the mental disorder, but many of which will deal with economic depression, or the Great Depression of the 1930s.
If you look at the record of one of the books that deals with mental depression, you'll see a subject heading link for other books on that topic under Depression, Mental, where you'll see a focused list of items that fit that subject heading, as well as subheadings and a list of related terms.
In addition, if you are looking for examples of medial narratives, you can use the keyword search to combine terms such as "cancer and memoir" or "Parkinson's and biography". Use the other terms—subject headings, words from the tables of contents, etc., to create other searches.
Also remember that using the Search OhioLINK button will expand your search. This is useful if you need a book when our copy is unavailable, or if we don't own a specific book that you need.
You can also use Search OhioLINK if you want to expand your keyword or subject heading search from our holdings to those of the larger OhioLINK consortium.
For more details on using the catalog, see the research guide for First Seminar, where there are also video tutorials on using these tools.