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Subject Headings and Name Headings
Advanced Searching Tip: You can use subject and name headings to search within topics, as identified by library catalogers, or for specific people (authors, dancers, choreographers, composers, etc.). One way to do this is to search the Library of Congress Authority File (linked below) for authorized forms of subject headings and name headings. Once you have identified these headings, you can use them in a search for bibliographic records in Library Search, MelCat, or WorldCat. Another way to do this is through triangulation by performing a keyword search, finding records for library items you will use, and finding the subject headings and name headings in those records.
Comprehensive catalog of books and other materials in libraries around the world. Contains millions of records in hundreds of languages. Items located through WorldCat must be requested through Interlibrary Loan unless they are also listed in the WMU libraries catalog. (Library Search)
Nonbook materials include (among other publication formats) journals and magazines, manuscripts, maps, electronic resources, websites, computer programs, musical scores, films, slides, sound recordings, conference proceedings, and videotapes and discs.
Indexes virtually all doctoral dissertations and many masters theses produced in the U.S. since 1861. Dissertations from other countries date back to 1637. Abstracts available from 1980. Full text for dissertations being added continually. Most since 1997 are full text, though some authors choose to not make their work available. Print and microfilm copies are offered for a fee, but check out Interlibrary Loan before paying for a copy.