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Finding Books

The UBC Library catalogue is a good place to start looking for books on your topic. To enhance and improve your search results, use truncation (?) in your keyword searches and try searching the subject headings assigned to books on your topic. Before you begin searching, consider your topic and write down the key concepts. What are the keywords that describe your subject? Think of related words, synonyms, and different spellings.

Browsing Subjects and Call Numbers

Browse the results list of your keyword search and look at the full records to see the subject headings assigned for relevant titles. Note that the results are sorted by relevance. You can change the results to sort by date, author, or title. Click on the subject headings to find more books on your topic.  

For example, for the topic contemporary theatre in Canada some of the subjects headings include: 

  • Theater--Canada--20th century.
  • Theater--Canada--History--20th century.
  • Canadian drama--20th century--History and criticism.
  • Canadian drama--21st century--History and criticism.
  • Actors--Canada--History--20th century.
  • Theater and society--Canada.
  • Theater--Prairie Provinces--History--20th century.
  • Feminist theater--Canada

After you find a relevant book on your topic, you can also browse the catalogue by the Library of Congress call numbers to find more titles.

New Books in Theatre

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