When searching the UALR Ottenheimer Library online catalog for books on broad topics regarding the US Civil War the Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings recommends using:
If you have already chosen a more specific topic, try searching that as a Subject and if you do not like the resutls, try the same term(s) as a Keyword search.
Remember that all people being searched as subjects need to be searched last name first.
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Ottenheimer Library will not have every book or journal you desire, but we are able to obtain many from other libraries. The best means of searching for materials not in the UALR Otteheimer Library is WorldCat, also known as OCLC.
WorldCat provides information on worldwide library holidngs of books, periodicals, theses, dissertations, media and other materials. If you know of an item you need that the UALR Ottenheimer Library does not own, you can search it here to see which other libraries have copies. In many cases, our Interlibrary Loan department can obtain the book or other item for you from another library.
While reading the entire document may be too much, it does not hurt to search your topic in the Dissertations and Thesis database to see if someone else has done similiar research. Skimming their bibliography can provide unique resources that might not turn up in other library databases. Some of the papers will be fulltext in the database. Others can be requested via Interlibrary Loan, making note that you will settle for the title page and the bibliography if the owning library will not send the entire work.