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Witchcraft in Early Modern England: MSU Libraries' Online Catalog

This is a guide to researching witchcraft in early modern England in the M.S.U. Libraries. It is also useful for researching American witchcraft in Salem, Mass.

MSU Libraries' Online Catalog

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.

Books and Media (online catalog) contains the holdings of the M.S.U. Libraries. Search by keyword (words that might be found in the book title), L.C. subject heading, title, author, author/title combination, call number, etc. The Library of Congress' List of Subject Headings Reference Z 695 .Z8 L524 ed. 30 2007 v. 1-5, contains the official L.C. subject headings. Subject headings are standardized words and phrases assigned to each book based upon catalogers' examination of the books' contents.

Another method:  do a keyword search using words you hope to find in book titles.  In your search results, for books that look particularly useful to you, notice their subject headings found near the bottom of the catalog records.  Click on those subject headings to find more books on that/those topics.

These are good L.C. subject headings. Use subject search.
witchcraft
witchcraft and sex
witchcraft in art
witchcraft in literature
witches
witches in literature
witches in motion pictures
trials (witchcraft).

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