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Avenues to Finding Books

Use OASys (the library catalog) to search for books at Oxy. Keyword, Author, Title and Subject searches are effective for different types of tasks depending on what you are looking for, and what you already know.

Subject Searching can be extremely effective, but is often ignored in favor of Keyword Searching. Try exploring subject headings on your topic to find more relevant results. See more about subject headings in the next box.

Browse the shelves in the library (called "the stacks"). Once you get a call number from a record, and find your way to that area, you are set up to explore other relevant materials shelved around it. General call number ranges and their topics are listed at right.

Oxy can't own everything, so expand your search to look for books held in other libraries. WorldCat (and Link+) are catalogs that search libraries beyond Oxy. Libraries that belong to Link+ or Camino will lend to Oxy students, and requests arrive in 2-5 days. Other libraries may lend you books through Interlibrary Loan but it can take a lot longer for those to arrive (sometimes months).

Search with Subject Headings

To find a targeted pool of relevant materials, try searching by subject heading. Subject headings are the terms that explain who, what, when, and where a resource is about. Much like tags on a website or blog, these headings let you know what a resource is about and help you to find other resources that are also about this same topic. 

Finding Diplomacy and World Affairs resources by subject: You can copy and paste these example headings right into a catalog search for LC Subjects. 

Civil Society

Cold War


Ethnic conflicts

Human rights

International economic relations

International relations

Non-governmental organizations Political activity

United Nations

United States Foreign relations (or, Africa Foreign Relations, Israel Foreign Relations, etc.)

World Politics (can follow this with a century, like World Politics 21st century, or date span, like World Politics 1945-1955)

Wander the Bookshelves

Call number areas that include materials relevant to Diplomacy and World Affairs include the following:

JX 1-6650  International law (obsolete - now JZ and KZ)

Tier 2

JZ 5-6530  International relations

Tier 2

JZ 1305-2060  Scope of international relations, Diplomacy

Tier 2

JZ 4835-5490  International organizations and associations 

Tier 2

JZ 6385-6405  The armed conflict.  War and order

Tier 2

KZ 2-6795  Law of nations

Tier 2

KZ 1249-1252  International law and other disciplines

Tier 2

KZ 5510-6299  International law of peace and peace enforcement 

Tier 2