Find More

There’s so much more to find than just what is listed on this website! Explore more ways and places to search using the information on this page.

Videos on how to search in the Library’s Online Catalog

Basic Searching:

Advanced Searching:

Want more search tips to use on the online library catalog? Check out – the front page has a “Using the Online Catalog” section.

Keyword searching vs Subject searching

When we’re searching for resources on a certain topic in the above videos, we used a Keyword search. Did you notice, though, that Subject was another option for how to search?  Subject means what something is about, so why didn’t we search for a certain subject instead of keyword? Well, subject searches can be really helpful when looking in the library catalog, but libraries use specific  words called “subject headings” for subjects. If you know the right words, it’s really useful and more accurate to search by a subject, but if you don’t know the exact words or phrase  it might not get you as many results as a keyword search.  Below are some good subject terms you  could use in a search.

Another trick to subject searching is that if you find a resource that’s about the topic you are most interested in, see what is listed as its subjects under “Search for related items by subject” in the C/W Mars record. You can even click on the subjects there to get more results like it.

Some good subject searches to use:

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
World War, 1939-1945
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)–Juvenile literature
Holocaust Survivors
Holocaust survivors–Fiction
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)–Poland
World War, 1939-1945–Concentration Camps

For even more places to search, check out the Library Resources page on the Sunderland Public Library’s website.