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UWS 21a: The Tyranny of Choice

Library resources and research tips for UWS 21a, "The Tyranny of Choice," taught by Pyunghwa Lee in Spring 2019.

Research Tips

Books often provide an overview of a topic and allow you to gain knowledge about the bigger picture before moving on to the more specific information that you'll find in journal articles.

When you don't have a particular title in mind, try searching for some keywords about your research topic. Once you've found some relevant books, look at the subject headings for those books. You can use these subject headings to find similar books.

Finding Books on the Shelf

Library books at Brandeis are arranged by Library of Congress call number.

The Library of Congress call number system arranges items by subject. This means that you will be able to find books on similiar topics next to one another on the shelf. One call number can serve as the starting point to browse the shelves for more material.

More information about reading Library of Congress call numbers

Goldfarb-Farber Library Map

Finding Books at Brandeis

OneSearch is a database of nearly everything Brandeis Library owns (books, e-books, journals, magazines, DVDs, and other publications and media).

Image of OneSearch search bar, with the drop-down menu open, and Library Catalog selected

In the drop-down menu next to the search bar, select "Library Catalog" in order to see if a book is available and where to find it.

Finding Books from Other Libraries

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If Brandeis does not a book on your topic, you can use WorldCat to search for books from other libraries and then request these books through Interlibrary Loan.

Search WorldCat and use the "Request Item through Interlibrary Loan" button to place a request.

For detailed instructions on requesting books from other libraries, visit the Interlibrary Loan page of the library website.