Doing Research at the Library of Congress
IIC. Additional Tips on Subject Headings
Proper names are not usually listed in the LCSH red books; but they can
still appear as valid headings in the catalog itself.
If you wish to find foreign-language books on your topic, you still need
to use the English-language subject headings to find them. Thus, books on "Venezia"
are not categorized under the Italian form; all of the books, in
all languages, on this city are grouped together under Venice.
(Once you have the group, however, it is then possible to limit
it to only works in a
The subdivision --Bibliography appearing in a subject
string is unusually important. Be sure to look for it deliberately
in browse displays.
It is possible to combine individual elements from subject strings in
Boolean combinations (e.g., World War and Africa,
North and Personal
narratives) through the Guided Keyword or Command Keyword search
menus in the Library's online catalog. Ask reference librarians
for help if the screen prompts are not adequately self-explanatory.