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HIST 066: Disease, Culture, and Society in the Modern World: Comparative Perspectives (SC)

History 066: Disease, Culture, and Society in the Modern World (Armus) Fall 2012

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Doctoral students go through an exhaustive literature search when writing their dissertations. They also tend to work on new questions, sometimes ones that have received very little attention from scholars before. You can obtain many of these dissertations and benefit from all the bibliographic treasues and new ideas. Check ProQuest Dissertations & Theses to identify dissertations on your topic.

Books in the TriCo Libraries

Use Tripod to find books held by the TriCollege libraries.  You can request books from the other TriCo schools and have them delivered to Swarthmore.
In McCabe, books are shelved by the Library of Congress (LC) classification system.  A-G call numbers are on the lower level of McCabe (below the main floor).  H-K call numbers are on Level 2 (above the main floor), and L-Z call numbers are on Level 3. 

Strategize Your Search
Make sure you find relevant materials, and save yourself time and effort by planning your search rather than just trying different keywords.  Check the "Search Tips" tab for help planning a smart search.

Use One Good Book to Find Others
When you've located a relevant book, there are several strategies you can use to find additional related works.
  • Search by the subject headings you find in the book's Tripod record--this will help you find other books on the same topic, classified with the same subject heading. (view example)
  • Consult the book's bibliography and use Tripod and library databases to track down some of the sources that author cited.


How to Use Subject Headings:
Sample subject headings include:

  • Communicable diseases
  • Hygiene
  • Social medicine
  • Tuberculosis

These subject headings are broad, but can help you identify more focused subheadings, such as "Communicable diseases -- History," "Social medicine -- Latin America" or "Tuberculosis -- History."  Click on the subject heading links in Tripod to view a list of other books on that subject (view example).

Books Beyond the TriCo Libraries

To find books that are not owned by the TriCo libraries, search by keywords and/or subject headings in WorldCat, and make interlibrary loan or EZ-Borrow requests.  Whenever possible, try to make your interlibrary loan requests early in the semester, to ensure that the books arrive with enough time left to write your paper.