Answered By: Amanda Peach
Last Updated: Jul 21, 2014     Views: 25

The best option for this is to pick a book that you think is relevant to your topic. Open of the specific book entry. At the bottom after the call number and publishing information you will find a topic or a list of topics. These are called Subject Headings.

If you click on the link it will take you to the subject search page. It will show similar subjects and subtopics. For instance, if you are research a specific amendment it will fall under the subject "Constitutional Law--United States." There are additional subtopics, however, such as "Constitutional Law--United States--Cases" or "Constitutional Law--United States--Public Opinion." These allow you to be more specific in your search.

Additionally, Hutchins Library categorizes our books according to the Dewey Decimal system. Thus, for the most parts, books will be shelved with books of similar subjects. Once you have located a book in the stacks, it is good to take a few moments to browse surrounding shelves. You may find another book that is relevant to your research.