It is possible to do a quick and dirty, one box keyword search of the contents of the MSU Libraries' web site, starting at the top left of the Libraries' home page. The results will be sorted into several categories to follow up on: articles from journals, books/media from our online catalog, databases, library research guides like this one, other. Watch a short video about it here. To do a more traditional search, read on.
If you know the author or title of particular book you want to find, look it up in Books and Media (online catalog) by title or author (last name, first name). In searching for particular book titles, do not use the initial A, An, or The in your search; do include these words as they occur later in the book title.
To find books on particular topics, use keyword or subject searches. Keyword searches may be composed of any word you hope might be found in a book title. When you find a particularly good book by using a keyword search, notice, near the bottom of the entry for that book, what the subject headings are for it; try clicking on some of those to find more material, if needed.
Subject searches employ Library of Congress Subject Headings. Catalogers assign several subject headings to each book they catalog based on examining it to know what it is about. Below is a list of useful subject headings for looking up books in our catalog on the Crusades. Use Subject search.
Crusades—Early Works to 1800
Crusades—Handbooks, Manuals, etc.
Crusades—Songs and Music
Crusades—Later, 13th, 14th, 15th centuries
Crusades in art
Crusades in Literature
Crusades in Motion Pictures
Jerusalem—History—Latin Kingdom, 1099-1244
Latin Empire, 1204-1261
Military history, medieval
Saladan, Sultan of Egypt and Syria, 1137-1193