Subject headings are specific vocabulary that the Library of Congress assigns to published material. You can search Bobcat for books and other materials related to historical research by subject heading. General subject headings in history follow a specific pattern: Place name -- Subdivision -- Time period.
Can be names of countries, regions, states, or cities.
Describe the particular emphasis of the book.
Refers to the years covered by the book. Time period designations vary according to place name and are not included for all headings.
The following examples illustrate possible subject searches for various aspects of late 19-century history:
|Place Name||Subdivision||Time Period
|Pennsylvania--||History--||Civil War, 1861-1865
|Emigration and Immigration--
|Politics and Government--
Sometimes, however, you may find an alternate pattern, with a specific subject listed first. For example:
||United States--||History--||20th Century
For more information, consult the Library of Congress Authorities online (see below) or the five printed volumes in Reference, Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), which contains the subject headings used in BobCat and other library catalogs. Look under the place name or subject to see the appropriate subdivisions and time periods.