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Boatwright Memorial Library

FYS 100 (28): The Double Life of Paris: Where Do I Start?

Tips to Take Away

Finding Books

The first place to check for books on your topic is the Library Catalog, which is also called Books & More.  Here are some quick tips for effective catalog searches:

If you are looking for books by a writer whose name you know, use the Author/Creator search (last name first).

If you want books about an author, use the Subject search (last name first).

Here are some subject headings you may find useful:

  •  Paris (France)--Description and travel
  •   Americans--France--Paris.--history--20th century
  •   Paris (France)--Intellectual life--20th century
  •   American literature--France--Paris--History and criticism
  •   Paris (France)--Social life and customs--20th century
  •   Paris (France)--Social life and customs--19th century
  •   Paris (France)--Social life and customs--18th century
  •   National Characteristics, French
  •   France--Foreign public opinion, American.

Of course, you can also use keyword searches.

Basic Library Tools

Clicking on the title of a book from the list of results  displays the details about the title, it location, its availability, the subject headings assigned to it, and often its contents.

Depending on the type of material,  you may need to use the location and call number information to find the material on the shelf in the library, or, if it is an online resource, click on the link to the full text.

In the middle of the page, you also have options to email, save to a citation database format, or add to a list of saved titles in in your account (you'll have to sign in to do this). Simply click on the available links.

If a book you need is checked, you can request a copy via our inter-library loan service.  Sign in to your library account to see this option.

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