Think of synonyms, related terms, and alternate spellings! For example, use "Soviet Union" OR "USSR" 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 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 headings 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:
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