Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
The LCSH was developed and is maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress, for the collections of the Library. LCSH, as a controlled vocabulary used for indexing, cataloging, and searching for bibliographic records in library catalogs and electronic databases, has become a de facto standard for libraries who use cataloging records disseminated by the Library of Congress, or who catalog to the standards set collaboratively by the Library of Congress and the library community.
The Library Catalog includes records for books, journals, newspapers, government documents, microforms, DVDs, and audio recordings that are held in the library. The standard catalog does not include journal articles; use OneSource to search books and databases together. Remember: not all databases are included. Our A-Z list of databases and our Journal Finder can help you find more sources.
What Are Subject Terms?
A subject term is a standardized word or phrase that describes a main idea in the book or article. When an item is added to a database, the database will assign subject terms to it from the database's list of subjects. Most entries will have from 3 to 12 subject terms assigned.
Subject Terms Relevant for This Class:
Start with a keyword search and then look at the subjects included with relevant results. You can then use a subject search for more precise results. Some subjects could include mythology or Gods. For a somewhat specific topic that you will be searching in this course, a keyword may yield more results in the library catalog. However, a subject search may be more fruitful when using databases to find articles.
Don't forget you may also use OhioLINK and SearchOhio. Just leave time for the book(s) to arrive and make sure that your library account has been activated.
The A-Z list provides a summary description of each database in the collection.
Databases by Subject:
Search for books at academic libraries across Ohio. Print books can be delivered right to the Hiram College Library and you can request them yourself without having to complete an interlibrary loan form.
Selected Library Resources: