Subject Searching

Subject searching?

It’s easy to find a book or article if you already know what you’re looking for, but what if you’re trying to find relevant sources?

Subjects on SOLO are added to records by librarians in order to group similar resources together.  They help you to find books that don’t have useful keywords in the title.  In the screenshot below, we can see that this pamphlet would be useful to a researcher writing about the Crimean War, but nothing in the title makes it easy to find.

In the example above, you can click on ‘Crimean War, 1853-1856‘ to immediately carry out a search for all other resources on SOLO with the same subject heading.

If you want to find results that share both subjects, then you need to use the ‘Advanced Search’ tool on SOLO.  Find it on the homepage next to the search bar.

In the screenshot below, the search term Crimea* means that all results with Crimean or Crimea anywhere in the record will appear.  War–Religious aspects–Catholic Church has been shortened to include a wider range of results.