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Local and Regional History Research Guide - Longview

Tips for Searching the Catalog and Databases for History Sources

Searching for books, e-books, videos, and articles through the library website is simple! Here are some tips that will assit you along the way.

  • Catalog searching: Unless you know the specific title or author, we recommend that you start your search by using the keyword search function. You may use as little as a single word, or you may combine several words in the same search to narrow down your results. Examples: history; Missouri history; Kansas history; Kansas city history; Midwest history; Missouri Civil War history; etc. Once you locate individual titles, you will see LC subject headings under the titles. These headings are formal ways of organizing the items in our library catalog. You may click on these headings to pull up other items that contain the same subject

  • Database searching: The search functions in the databases work nearly the same as with the catalog. Unless you have a specific article title or article author, we recommend searching by keyword or keywords to locate articles. You may also limit your search by full-text, date range, and several other types of qualifiers, such as scholarly/academic journal articles or popular magazine articles.

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