Library of Congress
Using Library of Congress Subject Headings
Books and non-print materials are listed in our online catalog by subject. The subject headings used are those determined by the Library of Congress. If you are looking for materials on a subject and you cannot find the subject heading that describes the subject in which you are interested, use Library of Congress Subject Headings. The five-volume set of books in red binding is located near the computer reference area.
The Library of Congress Subject Headings will help you in two ways:
- It will tell you the precise subject heading used in the catalog
- It will help you expand or narrow your search by directing you to related headings
Library of Congress Subject Headings Samples
American folk literature
- Use folk literature, American
Folk literature, American (May subh. Geog.)
- UF American folk literature
- BT American literature
For an analysis of the “symbols” that precede the headings, please refer to the inside cover of each volume of the five volume set.
- UF = Used For
- BT = Broader Topic
- RT = Related Topic
- SA = See Also
- NT = Narrower Topic
- (MAY Subh Geog): place names may follow the heading
When researching a topic manually by using periodical indexes in print format, the Library of Congress Subject Headings are a good source that would lead you to the selection of the best key terms that you can us while searching.
When researching a topic electronically, the Library of Congress Subject Headings of the title you might like the most could link you to more titles of similar interest.