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ARTH 025: Native North American Art (SC)

Art History 025: Colloquium: Native North American Art - Michael Cothran - Fall 2015

Strategy: use subject headings to find sources you'd miss otherwise

When searching Tripod, you'll find subject headings used to describe almost every book. As you look at different search results, write down subject headings that look useful.

Some examples of relevant subject headings:

  • Indians of North America
  • Indian Art -- United States
  • Indian Art -- Great Plains
  • Indian textile fabrics -- North America
  • Indian pottery -- North America
  • Navajo Art
  • Indian art -- Collectors and collecting

How to search Tripod using subject headings:

Usually, you probably search Tripod using keywords. By running a subject search instead, you can often find a more manageable set of more relevant results.

1. You'll see a drop-down menu next to the search box in Tripod. Under the Books & More section of the menu, select Subject.

2. In the search box, enter a subject heading or headings that you've found used in Tripod. For example:

Subject search for: Indian textile fabrics Navajo (sorted by newest book first)


Note that subject searches have to be very specific - you need to use the actual terms included in the Library of Congress Subject Headings. For example, running a subject search in Tripod for Plains bead returns no results - because these terms aren't included in the list of Library of Congress Subject headings.