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.
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.
How to Use Subject Headings:
Sample subject headings include:
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).
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.