The following pages help you learn to to navigate the Library.
To find books in the Trent Library, search the Library Catalogue. There's an online tutorial available to tell you about the Library Catalogue.
Use a keyword search to find items on a topic. For instance, to find books on "the rights of women in the middle ages" you might search for "wom$n and middle ages". To improve your results, use an "Advanced Search" and truncate your terms.
The Library Catalogue uses LCSH (subject headings) in most records, to help us identify items of interest.
Women is used extensively throughout LC subject headings and it makes an effective keyword. It is generally (but not always) plural. Feminism and feminist are also common in subject headings.
Sample subject headings:
African American Feminists
Man woman relationships
Since these subjects are often general, use a keyword search with one of these terms and a more specific topic term as a starting point. If you find something good, look at the subjects given to it.
Books on Gender & Women's Studies can be found in sections related to History, Politics, Sociology, Indigneous Studies, etc. In general, the LC Classification system classifies "women" in "Social Sciences".
HQ: The family. Marriage. Women.
You can browse the HQ section of the Library, but keep in mind that you won't find e-books that way. Searching the Library Catalogue, effectively will find books in other sections, as well as e-books.
Having trouble finding books on a specific topic? Here are some hints.
The majority of our e-books are included in the Library Catalogue and can be found with any search.
The following resources contain collections of e-books. Most offer the option to create an account for yourself and save books, as well as adding notations and highlighting. These sites often allow searching within the book, which finds more books than our catalogue can.