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Cherokee Cultural Heritage 4113/AMST 5923: Book Search Tips

Title Search

If you know the title to a book, use the "Title" search option. This search option will pull all records with that title listed in the NSU Libraries collections. For example, if there are several editions of the title in the collection under the same title, these records will be retrieved using the title search.

Example Title: Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

There are multiple library records for the Publication Manual title for the 4th, 5th, and 6th edition. Review the records to determine which one you need. If you only have a few words in the title, the system will search for any titles with those words.

Example Title: Indian Affairs Laws and Treaties

JVL Books

Author Search

The "Author" search locates all items written or co-authored by that author in the library's collections. From the Library Home page select the "Books & More" tab at the top of the main library page and select "Author" from the drop down menu.
Tip: Enter the author's name and click search.
Example names:
Vine, Deloria or Deloria Vine
Kappler, Charles J or Charles J Kappler
Coates, Julia or Julia Coates

Tip: If the author's name is similar to another author's name, provide the middle name initial.
Ex: Smith, James D or Smith, James F
Ex: James D Smith or James F Smith

Tip: Some author's names and middle initials are the same. If the middle name is given use it, if not generally a quick review of the book titles will determine which author is correct. 
Ex: Smith, James Perrin or Smith, James P
EX: James Perrin Smith or James P Smith

Tip: When searching for Latin names using the Library Catalog at NSU Libraries, they can differ in the way they are searched. However, when searching through the database WorldCat (OCLC), it will search for words and will return results. 
Ex: Garcilaso de la Vega would be entered as: Vega, Garcilaso de la
Ex: Mario Vargas Llosa would be entered as: Vargas Llosa, Mario
Ex: Juana Ines de la Cruz would be entered as written, without changing the wording.
Ex: Federico Garcia Lorca would be entered as Garcia Lorca, Federico
Ex: Pedro Calderon de la Barca would be entered as Calderon de la Barca, Pedro


Keyword Search

Many systems, like databases, library catalogs online, and Google, default to the "Keyword" search, which uses "natural language" or words. This term or set of terms can appear anywhere or any field in a record, such as title, author, subject, note, etc. The meaning of the words are not considered. For example, the terms "heavy metal" could pull results related to music or related to soil content. Here are some basic tips on how to use the Keyword search.

Tip: Combine or group terms by enclosing them within quotation marks.
"keetoowah society"  
"cherokee syllabary"
"oral history"

Tip: Use the Keyword search to combine an author and keywords in a title of his or her work. For example, for information about the title, The Cherokee Syllabary: Writing the People's Perseverance by Ellen Cushman, combine the author's last name and a keyword of the title of the work. Note: The names are not case sensitive. Additionally, the search may pull other non-related titles if the terms entered appear in the item record.
Ex: Cushman and syllabary
Ex: Dejong and promises
Ex: Foreman and Sequoyah
Ex: Debo and road

Grouping: Keyword search results are usually grouped by relevance to bring the most likely titles to the top of the list. Each group represents a similar level of relevance and results are sorted within the group by date or title. To get an ungrouped result set, use boolean operators to form a complex query. 

Example: tribal government and oklahoma history

Example: cherokee and trail

Subject Search

The "Subject" search uses a "controlled vocabulary" and focuses on subject terms or subject headings to define or to describe the information within the system. This type of search is targeted using specific terms or phrases that are highly relevant to the topic. It will locate all records on this subject and does not consider other fields, like the title or note fields as part of the search. This ensures the results are related and focused on the subject searched or the desired topic, which saves the user time.

cultural heritage
historic sites
history research
history methodology
oral history
oral history oklahoma
Oklahoma history local
public history united states history
historic preservation united states history

​Cherokee Indians Secret Societies
 Cherokee Indians Ethnic Identity
Native American Wars
Indians of North America
Indians of North America Oklahoma
Cherokee and social life and customs
Trail of Tears (1838-1839)
Cherokee Indians Relocation
Cherokee Removal

For additional information and to locate the Library of Congress subject authority headings and more, see the Library of Congress Authorities link below.


The following items are in eBook form and linked through the NSU Libraries Discovery system. Click on the "View eBook" icon in record to access it. If you are off campus, you will be prompted to enter your NSU id and Password.