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UWS 8b: The American Dream

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 at Brandeis

Brandeis OneSearch



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

Use the Library Catalog tab to see if a book is available and where to find it.

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.

Goldfarb-Farber Library Map

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 WorldCat's Request item through Interlibrary Loan button button on the item page place a request.

For detailed instructions on requesting books from other libraries, visit our Interlibrary Loan research guide.