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PHYS 7 - Space Politics   Tags: phys.007-sp13, space politics  

Spring 2013 ~ Prof Mary Hudson
Last Updated: Jun 3, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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Start with reading background information in the area you're interested in. Then do some preliminary searches in the article indexes and the library catalog.

Looking for articles?

Try searching some of the article indexes/databases or Summon (see the Key Resources box).

Looking for books?

Try doing a keyword or subject search in the library catalog. Look for the tips in the second middle box for subject searching ideas.

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  • Search Techniques
    Try using quotation marks to search for a specific phrase. Use * to truncate a word so that you can search all variations of the root. Use "and" and "or" to control your results (don't forget that you can make use of parentheses here!). See the Subject Heading box for specific tips.
  • Broad vs Narrow Search Terms
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Key Resources


Subject Headings in the Library Catalog

Many bibliographic databases use strictly controlled terms to describe the subject content of materials. Being aware of these subject terms can help you focus your search with great precision. if you're not sure of the exact Library of Congress Subject Heading, use a Keyword search to locate a few items that are relevant to your topic. Then use the Subject Headings associated with those items to lead you to more relevant materials. Here are some examples.

For discussions of missions to specific areas:

Space flight to Mars / Mars (Planet)--Exploration / Space flight to the moon / Moon--Exploration

For specific missions:

Voyager Project

For the politics of space exploration:

Astronautics / Astronautics--United States / Astronautics and State / Astronautics and State--Soviet Union / Astronautics, Military / Space Industrialization / Space Stations--Government Policy / Space Tourism

For space exploration in general:

Astronautics / Outer space--Exploration / Space stations / Space flights

For biographical materials:

Glenn, John / Astronauts--Biography / Astronauts--United States--Biography

For the history of a topic:

Space Flight--History / Manned Space Flight--History / Outer Space--Exploration--History / Space Race--History

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