Think of synonyms, related terms, and alternate spellings! For example, use "Russian literature" or "Russian prose" when searching for information.
Once you find a book that interests you, make sure you write down the whole call number and note if the book is available and where it is!
Find relevant books in the stacks and look around that book to see what else you can find. Books with similar subjects and call numbers will be near each other on the shelves.
In library catalogs and databases, items are assigned subject headings (or descriptors) to describe the content of the item. Using subject search ensures that all items about the same topic can all be accessed with one search term. Search results are usually very relevant to the topic.
However, subject headings are a set of pre-defined terms or phrases, known as controlled vocabulary. You must know the exact controlled vocabulary term or phrase when searching.
Find the subject heading:
The Slavic Languages and Literature Collection is located on Level 3B in Norlin Library Stacks and at PASCAL Offsite storage facility.
Books relating to Russian Literature are in the call number range: PG 2900 - PG 3698 (Level 3B in Norlin Stacks)
Books relating to Russian Philology and Language are in the call number range: PG 2001 - PG 2826 (Level 3B in Norlin Stacks)