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FYS: Contagion: diseases, ideas, and human behaviors: Books

Other Catalogs

If you are unable to locate the resource you need through MeLCat, there are other catalogs you can use to order books and media.

PRIMO Books and Media

Example searches:

contagion (keyword)

Plague -- History (subject heading)

Epidemics -- Social Aspects (subject heading)

Plague -- Social Aspects (subject heading)

Plague (subject heading)

Plague (keyword)

Pestilence (keyword)

Influenza Epidemic (1918-1919) (subject)



Searching Tips

  • keyword searches, look for the term anywhere in the record of the resource.  Subject searches only look for subjects that have that Subject heading as a Tag. See image in next section for more info.
  • Try different groups of keywords to see what different kinds of results you get
  • From the results, click on a title that looks interesting; your search terms will show up in red.
  • See box below for more information on Subject Searches.
  • Look for Subject headings in the record that match your topic and try searching under these as a subject search.
  • If you click on one of the subject headings links in a record, it will bring up a list of similar subjects that might also be helpful.
  • Not finding many books on your topic? After trying a search, look for the     button to do the same search in WorldCat, a shared catalog of libraries around the world. We can order many of these items for you through InterLibrary Loan.

Subject Headings

When you see a library item in your search results that looks like it might be useful, go ahead and click on it to see the record for the item.  There you can look at its table of contents, its bibliographic information, AND, you can look at its Subject Headings.


Subject Headings are like "tags' that describe what the book/resource is about.  You can use these "tags" as links to find other resources that have that same "tag."undefined