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Michigan State University

SPN 320, Sec. 004 & 005: Culture and Composition: Find Books

Grace Miller, Instructor, Fall 2017

About Subject Headings in Catalog Records

Subject headings are not intuitive, so generally start with a Keyword search and then utilize the linked Subject headings in records to find other, similar works. For example, a keyword search on "Laberinto del fauno" will retrieve all the records in our catalog in which that phrase appears, including the film on DVD, the separately published screenplay and works of analysis and criticism about the film and its director.

Subject Headings in critical works look like this:

SUBJECT   Toro, Guillermo del, 1964- -- Criticism and interpretation. 
SUBJECT   Motion pictures -- Spain -- History -- 20th century.
SUBJECT   Laberinto del fauno (Motion picture)

MSU Library Catalog

The Advanced Catalog Search option is recommended! For example, search for materials by Keyword using terms like "women writers," etc., perhaps combined with a place name, like Spain or Central America. Click on the linked subject headings to find other, similar works.

Try UBorrow when the book you need is checked out. UBorrow offers 12 week loan periods and 72-hour business day turnaround and should be the borrowing option you try first.

Search Plus on Libraries' Home Page

The default keyword search on the home page is the SearchPlus research tool. It allows users to search most of the library's online databases and the library catalog, all at the same time. Results can then be filtered by date, language, subject, and content type -- such as books, articles in scholarly journals, or newspaper articles.

Alternately, you may choose the Library Catalog tab on the home page, or the Databases tab to look for articles.

Looking Beyond MSU Libraries


WorldCat is a catalog of books and other materials held in libraries worldwide. Seamless links to our interlibary loan system enable you to request items not held in MSU Libraries' collection.

Interlibrary Loan Information

This page summarizes the various options for requesting different types of materials (books, articles, theses, etc.) through interlibrary loan. Most of the time you will probably just link from the catalog and other databases to the appropriate interlibrary loan request service form.

E-Books and E-Readers in the MSU Libraries


Ask Mary Jo Zeter,
Latin American and Caribbean Studies Bibliographer

Michigan State University