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HIST 491: Energy Transition and the Politics of Climate Change (Spring 2024)

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).

Getting Started

  1. Write out your topic
  2. Identify key terms
  3. Consider synonyms
  4. Use BOOLEAN to make a search command
  5. Search. Pay attention to subject headings & keywords used by other authors.
  6. Revise and try again!


  • Keep it simple. Try basic searches 
  • Pay attention to Chapters.
  • Remember to Limit to books and ebooks
  • Use Boolean!
  • When you find a useful search in our catalog, use it in WorldCat too!