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From the drop-down menu to the left of the text field, select Subject; from the drop-down to the right, select Browse. Enter “Architecture” as the search term, then click the Search button.
The results are an alphabetical list of Library of Congress subject headings, beginning with the main heading “Architecture.” All that follow are refinements of the main heading and include more specific sub-headings, constituting a virtual outline of knowledge relating to the concept of Architecture.
To the right of each heading is the number of items in the collection that are linked to that particular subject heading. By clicking “next” at either the top or bottom of the screen, you can page through the list of subject headings to get an idea of their structure and specificity. These subject headings are also a great source for the vocabulary of your research field. Clicking on any of these subject headings will generate a list of records for materials on that subject.
Do the search again, but use the more specific subject heading “Architecture American” and see the difference. Much more manageable, right?
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Research Department Updated 4/15
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