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USSO 286Y The Holocaust and Local History

Research guide for University Seminar with Prof. Sean Martin.

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Catalog and OhioLINK

The library catalog can be used to find books by keyword and subject on your topic.

In a subject search, for example, notice that there are many indexed subheadings under the general subject heading term -  Jews.  There are multiple subject headings and categories covering history, biography, and many other topics.  Other subject headings like Jews - Ohio - Cleveland index books on a more specific topic.

You can also refine your catalog searches by using the Advanced Search mode for the online library catalog and applying some limits, such as a publication date range.  And, make sure to apply these searching principles as you gather information about your topic:

  • Break your topic down into concepts & keywords
  • Browse subject headings in the catalog/database thesaurus or citation record
  • Limit searches by material type, date, location,...etc.

Also remember that using the Search OhioLINK button will expand your search.  This is very 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.

And, you can apply the same search refinements and limits in OhioLink as you would in the Case Libraries online catalog.

The Garber Library

The Garber Library is one of our local affiliate libraries specializing in Judaic Studies collections.  Their holding are indexed in the Case Libraries online catalog.  If you find a book that is located in the Garber collection, you can take the book information to the KSL service desk.  Our library will request that the book be sent to KSL for checkout.  It may take between 5 and 10 days to fill this book request, so plan accordingly.

Primary Sources, and How to Find Them

Here's a very helpful online guide from University of Illinois Library website:

Primary Sources Research Guide

This guide describes effective search techniques for locating primary sources in catalogs, indexes, and online archives

Note that many of the reference resources, citation index collections and online primary resource archives listed on this guide are also available through the KSL website.


To find primary resources for your topic using the Case Libraries online catalog, use keyword and subject searches that include terms related to your topic in combination with terms like,

  • personal narrative (especially good for subject term searches)
  •  memoir
  • diary
  • interview
  • letters
  • testimony
  • correspondence
  • oral history
  • sources


Not all of your search results will be primary source documents, but this catalog search technique should yield lots of relevant results and help you locate a primary resource for your project.

NOTE: Check out the Cleveland History tab in this research guide for more information about primary resource holdings at the Western Reserve Historical Society, which is very close to the Case campus.

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