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Last Updated: Feb 09, 2017     Views: 13

Below are a five strategies for locating bibliographies on your research topic:

We recommend beginning with the Library Catalog. Perform a subject search, just as you would when searching for books on your topic, but add the search term "bibliography" to your query, searching for the term in the "subject" field.

For example, if you are researching U.S. perceptions of Latin America, you might want to examine travel narratives, and a bibliography of travel narratives would make it much easier to find these primary sources. Your query in the Library Catalog would look like this:

Shelf browsing is a second strategy for finding bibliographies. If you are researching immigrant communities in the United States, and you notice that a lot of the books you are finding have call numbers that begin 305.800973, then you can predict that bibliographies on the subject would be shelved at 016.305800973, because all bibliographies are shelved in the 016s, and because call numbers for bibliographies are formed by taking the regular Dewey number for a subject, and adding "016" to the front. For this strategy, we recommend virtual shelf browsing, because so much of the research collection has been moved to an offsite, high density storage facility where the shelves cannot be browsed. You can perform virtual shelf browsing by using the "Classic" Library Catalog. The default Library Catalog does not support virtual shelf browsing (or subject heading browsing, or author browsing). Below is an example of virtual shelf browsing for bibliographies about the Holocaust:

A third strategy is to use a reference source called Bibliographic Index. Bibliographic Index was published annually from 1937 to 2011 and, as its name suggests, it was a subject index to bibliographies published each year. You can use Bibliographic Index to identify book-length bibliographies, as well as bibliographies published in journals. Unfortunately, the University Library canceled its subscription in 2002, and the entire run was moved to an offsite, high-density storage facility, so you would have to request the annual volumes through the Library Catalog. See also the World Bibliography of Bibliographies, which was published in 1939. Bibliographic Index was often viewed as an annual update to the World Bibliography of Bibliographies.

A fourth strategy is to consult the bibliographies in the secondary sources  you have found.

Finally, you can always ask a librarian for help finding bibliograpahies.

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