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.
Our Books and Media (online catalog) may be searched by keyword (any word that might be in a book's title or bibliographic entry), by specific book title, by author (last name first), or by subject heading. Areas of the stacks can be browsed by call number on your computer.
To look up the text of particular books of the Bible, do a title search like this: Bible Genesis. Bible John. Bible Psalms.
Following a productive keyword search, click on one or more of the subject headings near the bottom of the record to find more books on that subject.
Subject headings come from a set of fat red books in the Reference collection, at Z 695, of the Main Library. Subject headings are standardized words and phrases assigned to each book when it is cataloged; they describe a book or electronic resource's contents intellectually, whether those words actually appear in the title or not. To do a subject heading search, click on Books and Media on the Libraries’ home page under the one box search, at the left side of the page. Then click on "Subjects" from the "Other Catalog Searches" list in the middle of the screen. Some commonly used subject headings are below.
Search for information about different books of the Bible by using subject heading phrases composed like this: Bible--[name of book of the Bible]-- [standardized sub-heading for type of material desired]. Here are some examples:
Bible Isaiah--criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible Acts--criticism, textual
Bible Acts and Epistles--commentaries
Commonly Used Subject Headings about the Bible
Bible. English. [name of version of the Bible], for instance, Bible English New International Version
Bible. English. Authorized, to find copies of the King James Version
Bible. [language] for Bibles in other languages, for instance Bible. Latin. Vulgate or Bible. Spanish
Bible—criticism, interpretation, etc.—[country name]
Bible—criticism, interpretation, etc.—history [time periods]
Bible—history of Biblical events
Bible—in motion pictures
Bible and evolution
Bible and science
Bible as literature
Dead Sea Scrolls
Isaiah (biblical prophet)
John, the apostle, saint
Moses (biblical leader)
Paul, the Apostle, Saint