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Research Starter - THEA 280: History

The class will be learning about how to do visual research for costumes.

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Using Subject Headings in the Library Search

Subject headings are terms assigned by authors, publishers, and librarians to books, articles, and other resources in order to identify the topic of a resource.  Using these subject terms in an advanced search within the library's databases can help you locate resources that deal specifically with your research topic.  Try some of these subject headings in an advanced search to find information for your historical research. 

For example: an advanced search for the terms 19th Century and Jew and Fabric and New York (state)--New York provides over 100,00 results.  They aren't all applicable to the topic but many are and it is a good place to begin researching.

Here are some other useful subject terms:

19th Century

Nineteenth Century


Social Conditions

New York (State) -- New York

African American Women




Jews--United States--History

Panama Canal



Historical Research