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I you are going to search for books by Subject, how can you know if they will be indexed under the common term, "heart attack," or the clinical term, "myocardial infarction"? Under "high blood pressure" or "hypertension"? By using the Library of Congress Subject Headings thesaurus.
Will help if you need some related terms to your main search term; use this database to find subject heading terms used in the library catalog.
Subject headings are a controlled vocabulary of subject terms, or "headings," that are used to take the guesswork out of subject searching by assigning a single term to describe a topic. For example books about the death penalty or a death sentence would be indexed under the subject heading "Capital punishment."
"Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) has been actively maintained since 1898 to catalog materials held at the Library of Congress. By virtue of cooperative cataloging other libraries around the United States also use LCSH to provide subject access to their collections. In addition LCSH is used internationally, often in translation. LCSH in this service includes all Library of Congress Subject Headings, free-floating subdivisions (topical and form), Genre/Form headings, Children's (AC) headings, and validation strings* for which authority records have been created. The content includes a few name headings (personal and corporate), such as William Shakespeare, Jesus Christ, and Harvard University, and geographic headings that are added to LCSH as they are needed to establish subdivisions, provide a pattern for subdivision practice, or provide reference structure for other terms. This content is expanded beyond the print issue of LCSH (the "red books") with inclusion of validation strings."
NC LIVE's ABC-CLIO E-book Collection includes mostly history and literature titles such as the Daily Life series, Critical Companions, Literature in Context, as well as American Slavery: A Composite Autobiography. All titles are available for multiple simultaneous users. Search the entire database or within a single title.
EBook collection for both academic and general interest.
Over 170,000 eBooks including scholarly titles supporting student and faculty research including Agriculture, Education, the Fine Arts, Geography, Anthropology, Recreation, History, Language and Literature, Law, Medicine, Military Science, Music, Philosophy, Psychology, Religion, Science, Social Sciences, and Technology; plus general nonfiction on topics such as school & studying, career development, arts & leisure, and practical life skills.
A downloadable eBook collection with books from libraries across the country. Requires registration to borrow up to five books at a time.
"We have well over 20 million edition records online, provide access to 1.7 million scanned versions of books, and link to external sources like WorldCat and Amazon when we can. The secondary goal is to get you as close to the actual document you're looking for as we can, whether that is a scanned version courtesy of the Internet Archive, or a link to Powell's where you can purchase your own copy."
Downloadable audio and ebooks on a variety of topics, including language learning, history, biography, classic literature, and more.
"Recorded Books is the largest independent publisher of unabridged audiobooks and a key provider of digital content to the library and school market. Books and Audiobooks titles from major publishing houses are distributed along with exclusive audiobooks titles produced by Recorded Books and narrated by professional, award-winning actors. Recorded Books provides libraries with both digital content (through its proprietary RBdigital platform) and physical productions (which include CDs and MP3-CDs). In addition, Recorded Books offers wide-ranging electronic resources through its proprietary RBdigital Gateway platform. These resources include digital magazines, software training, continuing education courses, streaming movies, and language instruction, as well as multiple reference and news services." Compatible with most iPods and WMA compatible MP3 players.
A general reference collection of over 1,100 titles in a wide range of subject areas.
Includes Atlases, Dictionaries, Biographies, Encyclopedias, Handbooks, Statistics, and more. Credo also provides Topic Pages with collected information and links on a variety of timely and frequently accessed topics with cross-linking to the Library Catalog and other online databases.
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