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*World History

Resources and tips for historical research at Brandeis.

Search Tip

Search tip: Search for books by either Keywords or Subject Headings. Start with a Keyword search and identify some relevant books. Then look at the subject headings for those books. You can follow the subject heading links in the catalog to find similar books, or you can use the terms in the subject headings to identify other keywords to try.

Example Keyword Search: 
Cryptography AND World War I

Example Subject Headings:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Cryptography

World War, 1939-1945 -- Military intelligence

World War, 1939-1945 -- Electronic intelligence

Finding Books on Your Research Topic

Try exploring the Library Catalog for books related to your topic. The Library Catalog tab in OneSearch is the main way to located books, as well as journals and videos in the library collections. If you have already identified the book(s) you need through other research aids, you can search by Title or by Author. If you are trying to identify books that will be useful for your research topic, you can search Keyword or Subject. 

If Brandeis does not have the book you need, try looking for books from other libraries:

OnlineBrandeis WorldCat is a library catalog that contains millions of records for books and other materials held in libraries worldwide. Search for your item and then use the "Request Item from Interlibrary Loan" button or link on the item page to place your request. 

In-person: Brandeis is a member of the Boston Library Consortium. You can borrow books in-person from any of the member libraries in New England with a BLC card. Get a BLC card at the Information & Borrowing desk in Goldfarb Library.

More Information about Interlibrary Loan

The Value of Browsing the Shelves

For research in History, you'll find that many relevant titles are in the D call number rangeThis call number range is on Floor 3 of Goldfarb Library, with the exception of call numbers beginning with DS. Books with DS call numbers are on the Mezzanine level of Goldfarb. You can browse our collection or other library collections that use the Library of Congress Classification System by going to the D sections of the stacks.


Book Reviews

In addition to providing an overview of a book, book reviews often demonstrate where a book fits within a field of research. A review might also point you toward other relevant authors and titles. Many databases allow you to limit your search to book reviews.