Request individual journal volumes or other items housed in the LSLF using the REQUEST button in the SLU Libraries Catalog. Books will be delivered to the Library of your choice for pickup, usually within 24 hours, Monday-Friday. You will receive an email at your SLU email address when the item is ready for pickup or use in the Library.
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
Subject searching, i.e., Subject (LC), typically is the most efficient approach to using a library catalog...IF the topic of your search is captured by LCSH. If it's not, then you'll have to rely on keyword searching. Some tips:
• Be sure to follow embedded cross-references. For example, as you saw in the Get Started section of this guide, if you conduct a subject search on Ethnography, you will be instructed to use Ethnology instead.
• When you search the subject heading Ethnology, the resultant display indicates there are
o Related Subjects – These include narrower terms such as Manners and customs. Each of these narrower terms may, in turn, have their own Related Subjects (e.g., Manners and customs has Marriage customs and rites).
o Subdivided Subjects – These include subject subdivisions (e.g., Ethnology History) as well as geographical subdivisions (e.g., Ethnology Africa East OR !Kung (African people) Social life and customs) to help focus the search.
Suppose you are researching the Basseri, a nomadic pastoral tribe living in what is now Iran. You try a "Subject (LC)" search on "Basseri" and are directed to "Baseri tribe" instead. (Keep in mind that some groups may have more than one name, or ethnonym!) The search leads to a book titled Nomads of South Persia: The Basseri Tribe of the Khamseh Confederacy, by Fredrik Barth (1961). This happens to be the major ethnographic study of this group. If you look toward the bottom of the Catalog record for this book, you'll see the line "Subjects Baseri tribe" which confirms that the official LCSH is "Baseri tribe." Here's what that Catalog record looks like:
Always start your search for books in the SLU Libraries Catalog. What if the book you need is owned by Pius Library but is on loan to someone else? OR What if you want to see if other academic libraries in Missouri have books on your topic? All you need to do is search that particular book TITLE or SUBJECT (LC) in the SLU Libraries Catalog and then click on the icon that appears in the Catalog record. You'll easily be able to see if other libraries in SLU's statewide consortium have the book you need or related books that you can borrow. Click here for instructions on requesting books via MOBIUS.