We have a new online catalog fall semester, 2022, which is undergoing various improvements. It does not work exactly the way these older directions below portray. Some of the information about subject headings may still be useful.
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. To learn to do more traditional online catalog searches read on.
Use Books and Media (online catalog)to find books on your topic. Several types of searches are possible: keyword (topic words out of your own head), author, title, author/title combination, or subjects. Subject headings are words and phrases established by the Library of Congress that describe a work based what a cataloger determines it is actually about. Computers can search for keywords but they can not think. Better quality retrieval results from using subject headings than keywords. Below are some subject headings relevant to work on British policy in the Middle East from 1914-1948. Organizations and individuals may also be subjects; they are not listed here comprehensively. For more possibilities consult the Library of Congress' List of Subject Headings, a set of fat red books found in Reference at Z 696...
Arab countries--history--20th c.
Arab countries--history--Arab Revolt, 1916-1918
Arab countries--politics and government
Ben Gurion, David, 1886-1973
Bevin, Ernest, 1881-1951
Great Britain--foreign relations--20th c.
Great Britain--foreign relations--1901-1936
Great Britain--foreign relations--1936
Great Britain--foreign relations--1936-1945
Great Britain--history--20th c.
Great Britain--history--George V, 1910-1936
Great Britain--history--Edward VIII, 1936
Great Britain--history--George VI, 1936-1952
Great Britain--politics and government--20th c.
Great Britain--politics and government, 1910-1936
Great Britain--politics and government, 1936
Great Britain--politics and government, 1936-1945
Hejaz (Saudi Arabia)
Iraq--history--Hashemite Kingdom, 1921-1958
Jordan--politics and government
League of Nations
Middle East--politics and government-1914-1945
Palestine--history--Arab riots, 1920 [or 1949]
Palestine--history--Proposed Partition, 1937
Palestine--politics and government, 1917-1948
Paris Peace Conference, 1919-1920
Samuel, Herbert Louis Vicount, 1870-1963
World Zionist Organization