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HIST 211: The Early Modern Atlantic World (Fall 2022)

Finding Subject Headings

Subject Headings are special search phrases used by librarians to identify a major topic. They are sometimes difficult to guess, but through keyword searching you can find the appropriate subject heading.

Helpful Note:

The official Library of Congress term for Atlantic World is:

"Atlantic Ocean Region"


W&M Libraries has an Outstanding collection on Atlantic History, but there are always going to be books we don't own. Use WorldCat & Interlibrary Loan to order books we don't currently have in the collection:

Finding Books at Swem

The W&M Library looks small from outside, but the collection of books is massive (part of the library is underground, and we use high-density shelving).

Begin With Keywords

Start with your topic. Example: I'm interesting in the experience of children in the Atlantic World.
Key words are: Children & Atlantic world.

Sample search one:

Too many results! Try children AND "atlantic world"

Why do these works come up?