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American Studies

Search with Subject Headings

Keyword searches often retrieve too many results, including materials that are irrelevant to your topic. Meanwhile, Title searches can be too narrow and leave you with no results. The answer is an approach that figures somewhere in the middle: Subject Headings. Subject headings are terms (topics, proper names, geographic regions, etc.) that indicate the scope of a book or other resource. 

Try it yourself: you can copy and paste these example headings right into a catalog search for Subjects.

American Literature

American poetry

American diaries

African American Authors 

Political Science United States

United States Economic Policy

United States History

United States Politics and Government

United States Social Life and Customs

Wander the Bookshelves

The Occidental College Library uses the Library of Congress (LC) classification system to organize physical books by call numbers in the library book tiers. The tiers are found by turning left when you enter the main floor of the library or asking the information desk for help!

Call number areas that include materials relevant to American Studies include the following:

 E 151-909  

 United States history

 1st floor, Old Wing 

F 1-975

 United States local history

 1st floor, Old Wing

HC 95-109

 United States economic history  

 Tier 1


 United States political science

 Tier 2


 American Literature

 Tier 4