Assignment #1

By midnight of the day before your class, please post a list of Library of Congress Classifications and Library of Congress Subject Headings related to your chosen topic as a comment to this post. Please also add a brief “annotation” on how you found these terms, whether you think they’ll be useful, and any ideas they might suggest.

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25 responses to “Assignment #1

  1. Eric Gerson

    LC Classifications
    B – Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
    B – Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
    D – History (General) and History of Europe
    E – History: America
    H – Social sciences
    N – Fine Arts
    P – Language and literature
    Z – Bibliography. Library Science. Information resources (ge …
    D1 – D2009 History (General)
    DS133 – DS151 Jews outside of Palestine
    E184 – E185.98 Elements in the population
    LC Headings
    ? Spiritual life–Judaism.
    ? Jews–Interviews.
    ? God (Judaism)
    ? Judaism–20th century.
    ? Antisemitism–History–21st century.
    ? Israel–Public opinion.
    ? Jews–Public opinion.
    ? Jewish women–United States–Biography.
    ? Jews–United States–Biography.
    ? Jews–United States–History–20th century.
    ? Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)–Personal narratives.
    ? Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)–Literary collections.
    ? Jews–Intellectual life.
    ? Bloom, Harold.
    ? Scholem, Gershom Gerhard, 1897-1982
    ? Ozick, Cynthia–Criticism and interpretation.
    ? American literature–Jewish authors–History and criticism.
    ? Judaism and literature–History–20th century.
    ? Religion in literature.
    ? Mysticism in literature.
    ? Jewish youth–United States–Biography.
    ? Feminism–United States–History.
    ? Women–United States–History.
    Comic, The, in literature.
    ? Judaism in literature.
    ? Jews in literature.
    ? Women and literature–United States–History–20th century.
    ? Influence (Literary, artistic, etc.)
    ? Invention (Rhetoric)
    The LC Classifications were initially acquired through the use of keywords such as Jewish literature and Cynthia Ozick. Upon clicking some of the keywords, I narrowed the search to a generalized ?History? and the more direct ?Jews outside of Palestine.? Though many of the LC Headings were found in some of the initial searches, the headings concerning Gershom Scholem and ?Ozick, Cynthia- -Criticism and interpretation? were only discovered once using the ?Jews outside of Palestine? subject, and clicking on the first provided link: ?The ritual of new creation [electronic resource] : Jewish tradition and contemporary literature.? I wish to focus my research on Cynthia Ozick?s rejection of Jewish American literary conventions with a particular emphasis on her short story collection ?Levitation,? as this is the topic of my thesis. The various subjects and headings will be useful in evaluating my contention that Ozick?s short stories dually parody the ridiculous clichés that male Jewish authors use when writing short stories about writers that are writing a short story about a writer living in Central Park West, New York. The criticisms dealing with the Holocaust and Mysticism can further my argument that Ozick?s parodies overtly exaggerate the interest that the characterized Jews have in Holocaust history, often expressed in her peer?s literature through mystical forces such as ghosts, imps, and magic. Ozick?s writing is an attempt to separate her from these literary conventions and demonstrate the religious aspects of Judaism in a realistic sense rather than mystic. The feminism aspect of the argument will be Ozick?s feelings of insecurity in relation to the literary giants that have established these conventions, and how this reflects not only Ozick?s status as a Jewish writer and a Jewish woman, but as a Jewish woman writer.

  2. Jason Jefferies

    LC Classifications
    D-History (General) and History of Europe
    H-Social Sciences
    P-Language and Literature
    LC Subject Headings
    Experimental Fiction, American-History and Criticism, Theory, etc.
    Avant garde (Aesthetics)-United States-History-20th Century
    American Fiction-20th Century-History and Criticism, Theory, etc.
    Authors, American-20th Century-Interviews
    Postmodernism (Literature)-United States
    Experimental Fiction-Technique
    Germany-Social Life and Customs-Fiction
    Soviet Union-Social Life and Customs-Fiction
    War-Moral and Ethical aspects
    History, Modern-1989-
    I obtained the LC Classifications by entering the author’s name, William T. Vollmann, into the search box and pressing enter. Being that the author has written several books and contributed to just as many anthologies, I only clicked on the titles I know I’m going to use to obtain the LC Subject headings (but I was disappointed to find several of the books I am going to use are not available at our library). I will be reading a multi-volume history of violence and connecting that to Vollmann’s portrayal of San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, and possibly his portrayal of Central Europe during WWII.

  3. Rob Phillips

    LC Classifications
    I have been interested in Cormac McCarthy?s Suttree for several years and have given some thought to writing my thesis on some element of McCarthy?s southern novels, with a particular focus on Suttree. By simply selecting the title of the novel the results were as follows:
    PS1 – PS3626 American literature (9)
    PS360 – PS380 Prose (1)
    PS370 – PS380 Prose fiction (1)
    PS501 – PS689 Collections of American literature (8)
    After its publication in 1979, Suttree received favorable acclaim, but this relatively recent novel has not been the subject of consistent critical scrutiny. This fact might help to explain the small number of rather predictable LC classifications. It appears that the unusual title and the recent publication date may create factors that limit the search results. To expand the number of classifications I searched by the author?s name, which generated the following results:
    B – Philosophy. Psychology. Religion (1)
    P – Language and literature (48)
    Q – Science (1)
    T – Technology. (1)
    Again, the results were limited, but a few additional LC classifications appeared, though these new classifications offer only a few additional leads. Not surprisingly most of the writing on this author and his works is centered in the classification of language and literature.
    LC Subject Headings
    After selecting the title of the novel, no LC subject headings appeared on the results screen, so I backed out of the first entry and tried another. I selected Sacred Violence, the title of a book of criticism connected to the author?s novels, which resulted in only one subject heading choice:
    1. McCarthy, Cormac, 1933—Criticism and interpretation.
    With only one subject heading on the previous attempt, I tried another collection of critical essays by Rick Wallach, Myth, Legend, and Dust. This attempt resulted in many more LC subject headings.
    1. McCarthy, Cormac, 1933—Criticism and interpretation.
    2. Mexican-American Border Region–In literature.
    3. Tennessee, East–In literature.
    4. Southern States–In literature.
    5. Legends in literature.
    6. Myth in literature.
    Though both of these choices represent excellent critical appraisals of McCarthy?s work, this second attempt resulted in a more expansive list of headings. The best choices for exploration on this list (relative to Suttree), beyond the obvious Criticism and Interpretation, are probably: 3. Tennessee, East ? In Literature, 4. Southern States ? In Literature, 5. Legends in literature, and 6. Myth in literature. McCarthy?s protagonist explores the crumbling ruins of southern aristocracy and makes frequent references to the underworld in a way that is decidedly reminiscent of Greek mythology. Suttree also appears to be a tragic figure. He is estranged from an esteemed family and is university educated, yet lives in exile among the denizens of McAnally Flats for reasons that are never entirely clear. He might also be considered a Christ-like figure (he is a fisherman and a philosopher), but I believe that ground has been explored by other critics.

  4. Daniela Newland

    LC Classifications (Search term: Dashiell Hammett)
    H-Social Sciences
    P-Language and Literature
    Z-Bibliography, Library Science, Information Resources
    LC Subject Headings
    Detective and mystery stories, American?History and criticism.
    Detective and mystery stories, American?Bio-bibliography.
    American fiction?20th century– History and criticism.
    American fiction?20th century?Bio-bibliography.
    Authors, American?20th century?Biography.
    Chandler, Raymond, 1888-1959.
    Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961.
    Macdonald, Ross, 1915-
    Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961?Correspondence.
    Authors, American?20th century?Authorship.
    Detective and mystery stories?Authorship.
    Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961?Encyclopedias.
    Authors, American?20th century?Biography?Encyclopedias.
    Detective and mystery stories, American?Encyclopedias.
    Hammett, Dashiell, 1894-1961?Criticism and Interpretation.
    Literature and society?United States?History?20th century.
    Popular culture?United States?History?20th century.
    Capitalism and literature?United States.
    Heroes in literature.
    I decided to search for works relating to Dashiell Hammett as preliminary research for an American Lit class. I?ve always wanted to write a paper about a detective novel, so here?s my chance? I typed Dashiell Hammett into the catalog search and received 55 matching items. At this stage, I am more interested in the critical response than in biographical material, so I did not click on many entries that appeared to be biographies, although I did look at Selected Letters he wrote. Some subject headings reminded me of the criticism Raymond Chandler wrote and his thoughts about the genre, so I?m glad I came across the Chandler subject heading.

  5. Emily Rutter

    LC classifications with the search ‘William Faulkner, characters’
    H-Social Sciences
    N-Fine Arts
    P-Language and Literature
    Z-Bibliography, Library Science, Information resources
    I began with the general search of only Faulkner’s characters, though I will be specifically writing about Faulkner and his treatment of African American characters, in order to receive more possibly useful sources. The only LC classification which produced applicable entries, however, was the P-language and literature. Thus, I then searched under William Faulkner, African American characters and received only P and H LC classifications. Unfortunately, again only the P provided appropriate material. Under this LC, I found nine subject headings that relate to my topic, and they are listed below.
    1.Faulkner, William, 1897-1962-Characters-African American
    2.Faulkner, William, 1897-1962-Characters-Slaves
    3.Literature and society-Southern states-History-20th century
    4.African Americans in Literature
    5.Slavery in Literature
    6.Racism in Literature
    7.Race in Literature
    8.Southern States in Literature
    The most useful of these was the first subject heading, and it provided me with five books that specifically address Faulkner and his treatment of African American characters. Although, the majority of the books listed under the first classification are biographies, which will not be incredibly useful. Also, I am already familiar with the novels that appear under this subject classification. The second subject heading (listed above) assisted me in identifying criticisms of specific characters in Faulkner’s work, and those may prove to be useful sources. My intention is to focus my thesis on Faulkner’s progressive portrayal of African Americans, but to also underline his reluctance to completely break with racial stereotypes in his characterizations. The subject classifications, therefore, mostly diverge from my specific topic and would be more useful in a topic involving more than one author perhaps. Overall, though, this search was helpful in directing me to several critics who have specifically addressed the issues involved in my thesis.

  6. Mary Kohn

    As I wish to pursue field research to explore the development of dialects in various Hispanic communities within North Carolina, I would like to learn more regarding research into such dialects in other areas of the country. Also, information regarding migration patterns and grammar will be useful. As such, I began my search by exploring “Hispanic Dialects in English.” From this entry I received “P- Language and Literature.” As more classifications were needed, I searched under “Immigration and Latino*.” The following Library of Congress Classifications were listed:
    E- History: America
    F- America: Local History
    G- Geography, Anthropology, Recreation
    H- Social Sciences
    J- Political Science
    K- Law in General. Comparative and Uniform Law
    L- Education
    P- Language and Literature
    R- Medicine
    Z- Bibliography, Library Sciences, Information Resources, etc …
    Replacing “Latino” with “Hispanic” also brought up B- Philosophy, Psychology, Religion.
    To find Subject Headings I returned to the original search query and pulled up a source titled “Spanish in the United States: Sociolinguistic Issues” edited by John J. Bergen. This source led to the collection of the following subject categories:
    1.Spanish language–Dialects–United States–Congresses
    2. Spanish language–Social aspects–United States–Congresses
    3. Spanish language–Study and teaching–United States–Congresses
    As I am not studying Spanish Dialects, I reversed the query to “English Dialects of Hispanics” and retrieved “The Generative Study of Second Language Acquisition” edited by Suzanne Flynn, Gita Martohardjono, Wayne O’Neil. The following subject headings were linked to this work:
    1. Second language acquisition–Congresses
    2. Generative grammar–Congresses
    I also came across “Language Loyalties: A Source Book on the Official English Controversy” edited by James Crawford ; with an afterword by Geoffrey Nunberg. The following subject headings were retrieved:
    1. Language policy–United States
    2. English language–Political aspects–United States
    3. Language Related to Nationalism
    4. United States
    Finally, searching under “Language variation English Hispanics,” I found more fruitful sources such as “Spanglish : The Making of a New American Language” by Ilan Stavans. The following subject categories were identified:
    1. Mexican Americans–Language
    2. English language–United States–Foreign words and phrases–Spanish
    3. English language–United States–Foreign elements–Spanish
    4. English language–Variation–United States
    5. Spanish language–Influence on English
    6. Languages in contact–United States
    7. Hispanic Americans–Language
    8. Bilingualism–United States
    9. United States–Languages
    10. Americanisms
    Although this research will add to my knowledge of the subject before entering the field, I also have the advantage of working with others who have performed similar investigations and are offering to lead me to many useful sources. As discussed in class last week, this is a prime example of how research in a library may be aided by actual human beings who have explored similar topics in the past.

  7. Sophie Honeycutt

    L – Education
    P ? Language and literature
    Z ? Bibliography, Library Science, Information resource
    Education contained many sources I?ll need to find theories and research about a writing center as a supplement of a learning institution.
    Language and literature provided the most listings, including abstract terms relating to writing center atmosphere, and extensive topics like study & teaching and academic writing.
    Bibliography and Library Science, etc., brought a few handbooks and manuals to my attention; they all should be helpful in the early stages of research.
    D ? History
    H ? Social Sciences
    T – Technology
    History and Social Sciences were predominantly misleading, and while sources found under Technology did discuss writing centers, the information was a bit irrelevant to my particular interests in the topic.
    Subject headings:
    English language–Rhetoric–Study and teaching–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    Report writing–Study and teaching (Higher)–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    Writing centers–Administration–Handbooks, manuals, etc.
    Interdisciplinary approach in education.
    Writing centers–Political aspects.
    Postmodernism and higher education.
    Aids and devices.
    Teacher-student relationships.
    Aims and objectives.
    · Study and teaching
    · Study and teaching (Higher)
    · Computer-assisted instruction
    · English teachers
    · Data processing
    · Creative writing
    · Training of
    · Administration
    · Academic writing
    · Research
    · Evaluation
    · Grammar
    · Automation
    · Authorship
    · Attitudes
    · Theory, etc
    · Computer network resources
    · Postmodernism
    · Multicultural education
    · College teachers
    · Style
    · Intercultural communication
    Tutors and tutoring
    After searching ?writing center,? I found many topics with only one source applying to them. These sources, found through headings like ?postmodernism? or ?attitudes? should prove quite unique compared to the many handbooks found under broader themes like ?study and teaching,? ?writing centers,? ?English language,? and ?aids and devices.? ?College teachers? and ?multicultural education? each showed articles with potentially interesting views on writing centers as backup plans for the classroom. ?Interdisciplinary approach in education? is of particular interest to me because two sources it lists discuss writing centers as fallbacks for students (and maybe teachers) when classroom instruction is ignored (or not clear). This conflict may be the detail I need to narrow my topic from writing centers to the limits of them or their needed innovations. Most of the sources obviously approve of a writing center?s objective, but I?d be interested to research a time when they were not well received, and the subject headings helped greatly in that regard.

  8. Blake Wilder

    LC Classifications
    L – Education (2)
    P – Language and literature (18)
    Q – Science (4)
    T – Technology. (4)
    LC Subject Headings
    Faulkner, William, 1897-1962. Light in August
    Light and darkness in literature
    American fiction–Southern States–History and criticism
    Southern States–In literature
    Community in literature
    Narration (Rhetoric)
    Literary form
    Psychoanalysis and literature
    Psychology in literature
    African American women in literature
    Property in literature
    Race relations in literature
    African Americans in literature
    Sex role in literature
    Race in literature
    Law in literature
    Gender identity in literature
    Faulkner, William, 1897-1962–Criticism and interpretation
    Faulkner, William, 1897-1962–Influence
    American fiction–Southern States–History and criticism
    American fiction–20th century–History and criticism
    Southern States–Intellectual life?1865
    Repression (Psychology) in literature
    Marginality, Social, in literature
    In thinking towards my thesis ? I plan to explore the idea of gender theory in southern literature ? I tried to start with a broad search. Unfortunately, typing such a vague search did not yield much in the way of helpful results. I decided to refocus my search on a work I will be writing about this semester, namely William Faulkner?s Light in August. I imagine that with care in research and writing my work can be structure towards being helpful at a later time. I searched for Light in August in the title and also in the subject heading to make sure I got a range of works that might be helpful. Finally, I explored these entries available ? and various linked entries ? to find the subject headings.

  9. Baker Pratt

    Subject Classifications
    General Works
    Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
    History (General) and History of Europe
    Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
    Social sciences
    Language and literature
    Subject Headings
    ? Epic poetry, English (Old)–History and criticism.
    ? Civilization, Anglo-Saxon, in literature.
    ? British Library. Manuscript. Cotton Vitellius A XV.
    ? Epic poetry, English (Old)–Criticism, Textual.
    ? Manuscripts, Medieval–England–Editing.
    ? Manuscripts, English (Old)–Editing.
    ? Paleography, English.
    ? Fight at Finnesburg (Anglo-Saxon poem)
    ? Offa saga.
    ? Offa, King of the Mercians, d. 796.
    ? Getae.
    ? Oral-formulaic analysis.
    ? Oral tradition.
    ? Augustine, Saint, Bishop of Hippo–Influence.
    ? Christianity in literature.
    ? Polarity in literature.
    ? Mythology, Germanic, in literature.
    ? Germanic peoples–Folklore.
    ? Legends–Scandinavia.
    ? Legends–Germany.
    ? Legends–England.
    ? Nowell codex.
    ? Manuscripts, English.
    ? Manuscript dating.
    ? Funeral rites and ceremonies–Scandinavia–History–To 1500.
    ? Funeral rites and ceremonies–England–History–To 1500.
    ? Funeral rites and ceremonies in literature.
    ? Civilization, Anglo-Saxon, in literature.
    ? Heroes in literature.
    ? Grettis saga.
    ? Monsters in literature.
    ? Literature, Medieval–History and criticism.
    ? Monsters–Religious aspects–Christianity.
    ? Christianity and literature–England.
    I don’t know what I want to do my project on exactly, so I kept this broad. I’ve had an interest in Old English literature, so I decided to do a search on Beowulf. For the classifications I removed those about technology and computers (as it turns out there are some programs called Beowulf).
    Again, I included a wide range of subject headings so as to keep my options open. A few topics appear to be interesting, perhaps looking at the physical manuscript or the translation of Beowulf and other similar texts. Springing from that, comparing Beowulf to Anglo-Saxon texts of a similar time period. And then there is the current that develops more toward the end of my list – looking at Christianity in that time period, how it is reflected in the Beowulf manuscript (and possibly its contemporaries as well).

  10. Josh Peery

    I wanted research material for a topic along the lines of “Documentary versus Propaganda: The Thin Flim Line”
    I used documentary film and propaganda film as my search key.
    The returned LC:
    D – History (General) and History of Europe (7)
    H – Social sciences (1)
    P – Language and literature (14)
    Subject Headings:
    · History (14)
    · Motion pictures (8)
    · Motion pictures in propaganda (8)
    · World War, 1939-1945 (6)
    · Propaganda (4)
    · Political aspects (3)
    · Hitler, Adolf, (3)
    · Documentary films (3)
    · Motion pictures and the war (3)
    · History and criticism (2)
    · Women (2)
    · Civilization (2)
    · Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) (2)
    · Causes (2)
    · Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiter-Partei (2)
    · Propaganda, American (2)
    · Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in motion pictures (2)
    · Politics and government (1)
    · Social aspects (1)
    · Psychological aspects (1)
    · English literature (1)
    · Influence (1)
    · Public opinion (1)
    · Nationalism (1)
    · Mass media (1)
    · Vietnamese Conflict, 1961-1975 (1)
    · Memory (1)
    · Arab-Israeli conflict (1)
    · History, Modern (1)
    · Identity (Psychology) (1)
    As I suspected, there is strong historical bias and focus on WW2 subject matter and very little on more modern topics of documentary or propaganda. What gets labled “propaganda” is politically charged. One man’s documentary is another man’s propagada so it would seem. For example, there has been a lot of ink spilled in argument over whether Riefenstahl’s “Triumph of Will” is documentary or proganda. The subject list reflects this.

  11. Elizabeth Livingston

    Under Existentialism I found many LC classifications
    B – Philosophy. Psychology. Religion (318)
    C – Auxiliary Sciences of History (2)
    D – History (General) and History of Europe (10)
    E – History: America (1)
    G – Geography. Anthropology. Recreation (2)
    H – Social sciences (16)
    J – Political Science (8)
    K – Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurispruden … (1)
    L – Education (10)
    N – Fine Arts (6)
    P – Language and literature (83)
    Q – Science (2)
    R – Medicine (18)
    Z – Bibliography. Library Science. Information resources (ge … (2)
    Finding this many LC’s a little overwhelming, I narrowed my search to existentialism in Ernest Hemingway’s literature—-I only found one source…..So I then entered Existentialsm in American Literature. This gave me a much better amount of materials to work with. The LC’s included
    B – Philosophy. Psychology. Religion (1)
    H – Social sciences (1)
    P – Language and literature (18)
    I found the sources in the category P the most relevant, and I think I could also use the one listed in category B.
    I found about 7 subject headings that seemed really useful:
    1. American literature–20th century–History and Criticism
    2.Self in Literature
    3.Identity (Psychology) in Literature
    4.Existentialism in Literature
    5.Antiheroes in literature
    6.Individualism in literature
    7.Social Isolaion in Literature
    1 and 4 were pretty broad but I think they could lead me to possible authors relevant to the subject. Subject number 2 led me to a few sources including one on Hemingway which I am really interested in using. 3 and 6 did not really lead to anything that seemed relevant….For instance 3 was more gender and race specific. I thought five would work because I know Hemingway is often said to use an anti-hero in his works. While no titles under this subject pointed directly to Hemingway, I thought three of the four could be useful. #7 led me to another source on Hemingway and a few possible others.

  12. Erin Callahan

    LC Classifications for “Hispanic English”
    Narrow By Call Number Range:
    B – Philosophy. Psychology. Religion (1)
    C – Auxiliary Sciences of History (1)
    D – History (General) and History of Europe (1)
    E – History: America (10)
    F – America: local history (6)
    G – Geography. Anthropology. Recreation (2)
    H – Social sciences (12)
    J – Political Science (2)
    K – Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurispruden … (1)
    L – Education (16)
    M – Music (3)
    N – Fine Arts (1)
    P – Language and literature (87)
    R – Medicine (4)
    Z – Bibliography. Library Science. Information resources (ge … (4)
    Subject Headings:
    Subject: Topic
    · Hispanic Americans (53)
    · Education (20)
    · History (19)
    · Study and teaching (18)
    · History and criticism (17)
    Show More …
    Subject: Genre
    · Congresses (15)
    · Fiction (14)
    · Bibliography (8)
    · Biography (6)
    · Literary collections (6)
    Show More …
    · Book (163)
    · eBook (8)
    · Video cassette (4)
    · Microfiche (2)
    · Serial (2)
    Show More …
    · Online Resources (12)
    · D.H. Hill (158)
    · Satellite Shelving (9)
    · Special Collections (2)
    · Learning Resources (5)
    Subject: Region
    · United States (61)
    · Latin America (11)
    · Spain (9)
    · California (5)
    · New Mexico (5)
    Show More …
    Subject: Era
    · 20th century (17)
    · To 1500 (3)
    · 1980- (2)
    · 19th century (1)
    · 17th century (1)
    Show More …
    · English (166)
    · Spanish (15)
    · French (1)
    · United States. Bureau of the Census. (4)
    · Molina, Tirso de, 1571?-1648. (2)
    · Allende, Isabel. (2)
    · Kanellos, Nicolás. (2)
    · Hispanic Society of America. (2)
    Show More …
    I found the terms simply by going to the main search dialog box at the NCSU library site.
    I am a linguistics student who wants to study some morphosyntactic features of English being acquired by L1 Spanish speakers in North Carolina. So, while she’s maybe great, I can eliminate categories like Isabel Allende– excluding literature/music/fine arts-y type of categories will help me whittle away to the main corpus of what information I need (I hope).
    On the other hand, hough I do have access to tapes and transcripts of some speakers through NCSLAAP and the Linguistics Lab here at NCSU, more texts or recordings of actual speaker dialogue (any dialect) might be helpful– including bilingual poetry/musings of immigrants in literature form. Hm.
    Another issue for me is terminology. Even linguists have used various terms for my topic: “Hispanic English” vs. “Chicano English” vs. “Latino(a) English”; I’m wondering if this means I need to do 3 searches every time?!
    See you tomorrow!

  13. Ashley Merrill

    My search term: “nancy drew”
    LC Classifications:
    -History: America
    -America: Local history
    -Geography, anthropology, recreation
    -Social sciences
    -Language and literature
    -Bibliography. Library science.
    Of these, the only salient one is probably Language and literature.
    LC Subject Headings
    – Wirt, Mildred A. (Mildred Augustine), 1905—Characters–Nancy Drew.
    – Detective and mystery stories, American–History and criticism.
    – Feminism and literature–United States–History–20th century.
    – Women and literature–United States–History–20th century.
    – Children’s stories, American–History and criticism.
    – Children’s literature in series–Bibliography.
    – Children–United States–Books and reading.
    – Drew, Nancy (Fictitious character)
    – Stratemeyer, Edward, 1862-1930.
    – Children’s stories–Publishing.
    – Girls in literature.
    – Adams, Harriet Stratemeyer–Characters–Nancy Drew.
    – American fiction–Women authors–History and criticism.
    – Young adult fiction, American–History and criticism.
    – Young adult fiction–Publishing–United States.
    – Girls–Books and reading–United States.
    – Keene, Carolyn–Characters–Nancy Drew.
    – Teenage girls in literature.
    – Stratemeyer Syndicate.
    – Popular culture–United States–History.
    – Sex role in literature.
    I’ve checked out or own practically every book listed in these categories (those relating to Nancy Drew, at least), so I’m probably going to have to back out and start looking into some related topic as my research continues. Girls’ fiction, popular fiction, girls’ series fiction, young adult fiction, the Stratemeyer syndicate, that kind of thing. Depending on how the thesis of my paper evolves, I might also end up researching feminist theory as it relates to female heroines, or something similar. I found the sheer number of subject headings interesting, since I’ll probably touch on all of them in the course of my research.

  14. Robyn Leigh Youngs

    After entering into the library main search engine “Astrophil and Stella,” I realized that three LC Classifications would not be enough, especially since two of them were quite insignificant. So, I went back and entered “Phillip Sidney,” and that returned more results:
    B – Philosophy. Psychology. Religion (3)
    D – History (General) and History of Europe (1)
    E – History: America (2)
    H – Social sciences (2)
    K – Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurispruden … (1)
    L – Education (2)
    P – Language and literature (3)
    Q – Science (3)
    R – Medicine (7)
    T – Technology. (2)
    Of these, only a few were relevant, but those subjects led me to some great LC Subject Headings:
    1.Sidney, Philip, Sir, 1554-1586–Criticism and interpretation.
    2.Donne, John, 1572-1631. Breake of Day.
    3.Sidney, Phillip, Sir, 1554-1586. Astrophel and Stella.
    4.Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599. Epithalamion.
    5.Marriage in literature.
    6.North Carolina State University–Theses–English.
    7.English poetry–Early modern, 1500-1700–History and criticism.
    8.Love in literature.
    9.Sidney, Philip, Sir, 1554-1586. Astrophel and Stella.
    10.Spenser, Edmund, 1552?-1599. Shepheardes calender.
    11.Stampa, Gaspara, ca. 1523-ca. 1554. Rime.
    12.Petrarca, Francesco, 1304-1374. Rime.
    13.Rejection (Psychology) in literature.
    17.Self in literature.
    18.Autobiography in literature.
    20.Poets in literature.
    21.Sidney, Philip, Sir, 1554-1586–Friends and associates.
    22.Sonnets, English–History and criticism.
    23.Cosmology in literature.
    24.Proportion (Art)
    25.Literary form.
    Clearly, some of these will be prove more useful than others, but for the most part, these subject headings are quite relevant. For example, for Renaissance British Literature, I must heavily research both England’s 16th-Century History–religious history, and otherwise. Since Astrophil and Stella is a love sonnet senquence that maintains roots in Petrarch’s Canzoniere, I will also have to familiarize myself with those primary sources. The heading about literary form will also prove most helpful, as the form of the sonnet is instrumental in the subject matter of the sequence.
    Since Astrophil and Stella is written by Sidney in conjunction with his Defence of Poesie, I must also study and research that work in its entirety. By entering Defence of Poesie into the main library search engine, I got the following LC Classifications:
    L – Education (1)
    P – Language and literature (12)
    Unfortunately, there were only two, but they did return some more useful LC Subject Headings:
    1.Sidney, Philip, Sir, 1554-1586–Knowledge and learning.
    2.Knowledge, Theory of, in literature.
    3.Self-knowledge in literature.
    6.Sidney, Philip, Sir, 1554-1586–Knowledge and learning.
    8.English poetry–Early modern, 1500-1700–History and criticism–Theory, etc.
    9.Knowledge, Theory of, in literature.
    10.Self-knowledge in literature.
    Since these two works routinely are read and written about together, most of the LC Subject Headings were redundant. However, just as studying each work separately will be helpful, perusing the works as a whole will also prove beneficial.

  15. Carrie Spruill

    LC Classifications
    A-General, P-Language and Literature.
    LC Subject Headings
    Use subjects to find similar titles:
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616–Knowledge–Rome.
    Shakespeare, William, 1564-1616–Political and social views.
    Feminism and literature–England–History–17th century.
    Masculinity in literature.
    Wounds and injuries in literature.
    English drama–Roman influences.
    Sex role in literature.
    Women in literature.
    Rome–In literature.
    Power (Social sciences) in literature
    Gender identity in literature
    I acquired both of these listings by entering Titus Andronicus in the search terms box. Of course, many of my results included editions of the play itself, so the usefulness of this method was somewhat limited. However, I also found critical anthologies containing essays about the drama. I clicked on a few of these works in order to obtain the subject headings. Many of them were relevant to what I plan to study. Currently I am keeping my topic broad, but will narrow it down as I find more information. My research will focus on gender issues in Titus Andronicus. More specifically, I would like to investigate how rape is defined in the play and the classification of women as property. I may also relate these issues to the body politic, bodily imagery, and family relationships.

  16. James Phillips

    Search Term: American Colonial Captivity Narratives
    LC Classifications:
    E – History: America (4)
    H – Social sciences (1)
    P – Language and literature (10)
    U – Military science (General) (1)
    LC Subject Headings:
    American prose literature–Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775–History and criticism.
    Indian captivities–Historiography.
    Politics and literature–United States–History–17th century.
    Politics and literature–United States–History–18th century.
    Indian captivities in literature.
    Indians in literature.
    Narration (Rhetoric)
    This particular subject is the focus of my thesis research. The more general search phrase “captivity narrative” returns a significantly larger number of LC classifications as the overall genre is quite comprehensive. For the sake of this assignment and for the practical application of this search to my own thesis work I entered “American Colonial Captivity Narratives” and received the LC classifications listed.
    To retrieve the LC Subject Headings I selected the entry:
    1. Captive selves, captivating others : the politics and poetics of colonial American captivity narratives
    Author: Strong, Pauline Turner, 1953-
    Published: 1999.
    Format: Book
    D.H. Hill Library
    PS173 .I6 S78 1999
    The headings that are listed include both items I have already begun to research and those yet to be explored.

  17. Leah White

    Search: gender and language
    LC Classifications —
    B – Philosophy. Psychology. Religion (70)
    C – Auxiliary Sciences of History (2)
    D – History (General) and History of Europe (34)
    E – History: America (27)
    F – America: local history (10)
    G – Geography. Anthropology. Recreation (25)
    H – Social sciences (139)
    J – Political Science (7)
    K – Law in general. Comparative and uniform law. Jurispruden … (5)
    L – Education (89)
    M – Music (2)
    N – Fine Arts (16)
    P – Language and literature (472)
    Q – Science (26)
    R – Medicine (15)
    T – Technology. (11)
    U – Military science (General) (1)
    Z – Bibliography. Library Science. Information resources (ge … (6)
    LC Subject headings —
    # Language and sex.
    # Communication–Sex differences.
    # Sexism in language.
    # Language and languages–Sex differences.
    # Nonsexist language.
    # English language–Usage.
    # Language and sex.
    # Discourse analysis.
    # Conversation analysis.
    # Gender identity.
    # Language and culture.
    I did a search on gender and language; I am not sure exactly where I would like to go with this, but I am interested in the differences between the sexes both in the learning of language and in its use. I found the classifications and subject headings pretty easily after I decided what to look up. I thought about looking into Hispanic English, but I saw that two other linguistic-type students had already used that as their topic, and I didn’t want the rest of you to think we’re crazy and obsessed with it or something.
    I think these classifications and subject headings look promising, and I hope I will be able to narrow my focus so I don’t have quite so many sources to choose from. I believe that the subject headings are going to be of more use to me because the classifications sometimes seem a bit out there; I can’t imagine needing to look into the Music section, and chances are I would not use the European section of any history books (if only because I can’t do research there right now).
    One of the books listed when I did my search dealt with gender-biased language, which reminded me of something that interested/annoyed me as an undergrad and might be worth looking into. While I was reading a text on translation studies, I came across a quote in which the cited author said something to the effect of “Everyone should blahblahblah his own whatever” (great memory for quotes, I know). The quoted text was written a while ago (I want to say in the 19th century), but the author of this new text felt the need to “PC” his text by writing ‘[sic]’ next to ‘his.’ I don’t know… I think I just felt it was unnecessary and pandering. But it was something useful that I was reminded of when I did this assignment.

  18. Anonymous

    LC Classifications:
    P – Language and literature
    Q – Science
    R – Medicine
    T – Technology
    L – Education
    LC Subject Headings:
    English language–Vowels.
    English language–Variation–United States.
    English language–United States–Pronunciation.
    Language and languages–Variation.
    Dialectology–Statistical methods. ‘
    I found these terms by searching for the terms dialectology, sociolinguistics, acoustic vowel analysis, and sociophonetics. After finding a few texts that I knew were useful, I searched for keywords that they were tagged with to generate more texts to look through. This seems to be useful if I want to browse through related texts and see if anything interests me. However, it seems more time efficient to me to find an article with a good literature review on a given topic and go and read the texts that it is referencing. I liked the feature that allowed you to narrow your search by call number. If I want to browse through texts that relate to a very generalized topic and then focus in on a subject within that category, then these LC classifications and subject headings would be very useful.

  19. James Sellers

    ^oh shit, I forgot to put my name.

  20. Erika Galluppi

    I originally tried to research fairy tales and Virginia Woolf?s novels (?fairy tales? ?Woolf, Virginia?) and received nothing. Next, I tried searching for the Fisherman?s Wife fairy tale in Virginia Woolf?s To the Lighthouse (?fisherman?s wife? ?fairy tale? ?Woolf, Virginia? ?To the Lighthouse?). Not surprisingly, nothing emerged from this search either. I then broadened my search and included just the Fisherman?s Wife tale in a search in an attempt to trace its origins?from oral tradition, to Grimm?s Fairy Tales, to Woolf?s novel, and beyond.
    1) ?The Fisherman?s Wife?
    LC Classifications:
    B ? Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
    E ? History: America
    G ? Geography. Anthropology. Recreation.
    P ? Language and literature.
    S ? Agriculture
    Amending my search terms to: ?The Fisherman?s Wife Fairy Tale? brought me fewer LC Classifications, but they were just as appropriate to my topic.
    2) ?The Fisherman?s Wife Fairy Tale?
    LC Classifications:
    P ? Language and literature > PS1 – PS3626 American literature. Canadian literature
    P ? Language and literature > PT1 – PT9999 German literature. Dutch literature. Flemish literature. Afrikaans literature. Scandinavian literature. Icelandic literature
    Likewise when I amended my search terms to: ?The Fisherman?s Wife Myth? I received fewer/more pertinent LC Classifications.
    3) ?The Fisherman?s Wife Myth?
    LC Classifications:
    B ? Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
    G ? Geography. Anthropology. Recreation
    And again, with ?The Fisherman?s Wife Folklore??
    4) The Fisherman?s Wife Folklore?
    LC Classifications:
    B ? Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
    G ? Geography. Anthropology. Recreation.
    P ? Language and literature.
    The latter two (3 & 4) searches included the same LC Classifications as the first (1), so I included the LC Classifications from the second (2) to the ones from the first (1) search.
    LC Subject Headings (alphabetized):
    – American poetry–20th century.
    – American poetry–20th century.
    – Arabs–Israel–Folklore.
    – Arabs–Palestine–Folklore.
    – Conduct of life.
    – East Asian literature–Translations into English–History and criticism.
    – Fables, Greek–Translations into English.
    – Fairy tales–Adaptations.
    – Fairy tales–Germany.
    – Fishing–Washington (State)
    – Folklore.
    – Folklore–Poetry.
    – Folklore–Psychological aspects.
    – Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863–Adaptations.
    – Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859–Adaptations.
    – Indic literature (English)–History and criticism.
    – Korean poetry–To 1900–Translations into English.
    – Legends.
    – Literature, Modern–20th century–History and criticism.
    – Literature–Study and teaching (Higher)–United States.
    – Manners and customs–Fiction.
    – Mythology.
    – Nigerians–United States–Fiction.
    – Poetry–History and criticism.
    – Poetry–Study and teaching.
    – Psychology and literature.
    – Puppet plays, American.
    – Puppet theater.
    – Short stories, American–21st century.
    – Short stories–Black authors.
    – Southeast Asian literature–Translations into English–History and criticism.
    – Southern States–Social life and customs–Fiction.
    – Students, Foreign–Fiction.
    – Tales.
    – Tales–Israel.
    – Tales–Palestine.
    – The?a?tre de marionnettes ame?ricain.
    – The?a?tre de marionnettes.
    – United States–Social life and customs–20th century–Fiction.
    Because my topic requires tracing the fairy tale throughout time and all over the world, I found that many of these Subject Headings, while occasionally bizarre and off-topic (i.e. ?Conduct of life?, ?Nigerians–United States–Fiction?, ?Fishing–Washington (State)?, ?Puppet theater?), actually proved to be relevant. I?m sure that once I separately search for ?Woolf, Virginia? and ?To the Lighthouse? that I will inevitably find some crossover materials, if not apparent cross-indexed LC Classifications and Subject Headings.

  21. Lorian Long

    Search: Sex in Postmodern Literature
    LC Classifications:
    B- Philosophy, Psychology, Religion (4)
    D- History (General), History of Europe (2)
    H- Social Sciences (11)
    K- Law in general. Comparative and Uniform Law(1)
    P- Language and Literature (35)
    LC Subject Headings:
    1. English Fiction–Women Authors–History and Criticism
    2. English Fiction–20th Century–History and Criticism
    3. American Fiction–Women Authors–History and Criticism
    4. American Fiction–20th Century–History and Criticism
    5. Feminism and Literature
    6. Women and Literature
    7. Postmodernism
    8. Sex Role in Literature
    9. Identity (Psychology) in Literature
    10. Woolf, Virginia–Criticism and Interpretation.
    Initially, what I really tried to search was the topic of sexual deviance in post-modern literature with a focus on Joan Didion, Margaret Atwood, Jeanette Winterson, and so forth. This search was ultimiately futile, and so I decided to broaden the topic. I was successful with the “sex in postmodern literature” search, and clicked on Patricia Waugh’s Feminine Fictions: revisiting the postmodern. This lead me to the LC Subject Headings, which included vague topics that will take some time to go through but will hopefully guide me in the right direction.
    P.S. This is my first time ever using a blog, so I apologize for the delay!

  22. April Swarey

    My topic for research is the 18th century novel, Anti-Pamela, by Eliza Haywood. I do not have a thesis in mind yet, so I am interested in anything that may help me to better understand the novel or author’s style. I went to the general catalog search at NCSU library and entered in the title of the book, Anti-Pamela.
    The expected suspects appeared for LC’s:P- Language and Literature
    D- History-General, History-America, and H – Social Sciences. The surprise came with the classification under R- Medicine as well.
    Subject headings yielded entries under African-Americans, Women and Marriage, and Pathology. I did not receive too many odd entries under LCs or subject headings, maybe because my subject was rather restricted, being a specific title of a book. I also think the few useful entries I located would lead me to consider doing searches through WorldCat or inter-library loans in order to find enough material to produce a satisfactory body of research.

  23. Kimberly Wine

    My research topic is writing and race. I am interested in teaching composition and the study and teaching of rhetoric. My interest has specifically to do with analyzing differences in grammar and pragmatics with regard to race.
    LC Classifications:
    D – History (General) and History of Europe (1)
    H – Social sciences (2)
    Subject Headings:
    History and criticism (6)
    Race in literature (6)
    History (5)
    Women authors (3)
    American literature (2)
    Biography (2)
    Women and literature (2)
    Feminism and literature (2)
    Americans (2)
    Race discrimination (2)
    American prose literature (2)
    Minority authors (2)
    Ethnic groups in literature (2)
    Minorities in literature (2)
    Lesbians in literature (2)
    Travelers’ writings, English (2)
    Travelers’ writings, American (2)
    Prisoners’ writings, American (2)
    Social conditions (1)
    African Americans (1)
    Race relations (1)
    Intellectual life (1)
    Children (1)
    In literature (1)
    Colonies (1)
    English fiction (1)
    Political and social views (1)
    African American authors (1)
    Blacks (1)
    Travel (1)
    The classifications were limited but the subject heading search produced a great deal of hits. I think I’ll have to more carefully refine my search so that I am looking only at materials that deal specifically with writing and teaching but there are a number of the listed subject headings that could point me in a direction that proves fruitful or provide new insight.

  24. Lisa Morgan

    I looked up “death penalty” in the library catalog through the keyword
    > search. I found a list of books and on the side of the screen, a list that
    > included these related subjects:
    > capital punishment (302)
    > history (33)
    > executions and executioners (24)
    > criminal justice, Administration of (16)
    > religious aspects (13)
    > death row (13)
    > sentences (Criminal procedure) (12)
    > Several books caught my eye on this topic:
    > “Lethal Injection: Capital Punishment in Texas during the modern era” by
    > Jonathan R. Sorensen
    > “Capital Punishment: Cruel and Unusual?” by John W. Weier
    > “The Spectacle of Death: Populist Literary Response to American Capital
    > Cases” by Kristin Boudreau
    > I’m thinking about writing an article on the death penalty, so this search
    > of subjects will help as I try to narrow down my topic.

  25. Rob Phillips

    Because my focus in previous searches was a specific novel title and a specific author (Suttree by Cormac McCarthy), I decided to try some additional stabs at the focused topic with some minor changes. First, by placing the title in quotes, something I neglected to do on the first time around. In addition, I tried the title in other libraries as well as WorldCat.
    Here are some of the more relevant results:
    The title in quotes at NCSU had no effect on the titles/results listings or LC classifications, and the titles/results at UNC & Duke were virtually identical to our library, which is not surprising given the limited number of scholarly texts devoted to the subject of McCarthy?s novels. The man himself is enigmatic to an extreme, and he has only granted one interview to the NY Times, back in 1992 and at the urgings of his new publicist. So I did not repeat any such endeavors with the author?s name at the other local libraries.
    With WorldCat, the recommendation was to remove quotation marks to achieve a greater number of results (incidentally, the same books of criticism from NCSU, UNC, and Duke popped up there as well). So I tried again, w/out quotes, and achieved the same results & listings of major works of criticism.
    After using these methods, which we discussed in the previous class, I tried an actual variation on nomenclature/keyword related to the origins of the novel. Like another student mentioned in class, there are no real variations to speak of when one selects an author or title as the focus of his or her inquiry. As a consequence, I was/am somewhat at a loss as to how I might proceed. So I am improvising as best I can.
    The character Sut Lovingood is often referenced as a source or inspiration for the novel?s protagonist, so I tried a keyword search using that combination of terms. The listing of books & LC Classifications was really quite interesting. For LC Classifications, there were 2 new ones – PS1 – PS3626 American literature. Canadian literature (5) and PZ1 – PZ90 Fiction and juvenile belles lettres (1). This was really cool to see given the limited results I discovered previously by searching title & author.
    As for titles, they all seem interesting, but I tried to select the ones that appeared to be the most relevant – Sut Lovingood’s yarns. Author: Harris, George Washington, 1814-1869, Sut Lovingood; Author: Harris, George Washington, 1814-1869, Sut Lovingood. Yarns spun by a “nat’ral born durn’d fool.” Warped and wove for public wear. Author: Harris, George Washington, 1814-1869, The Lovingood papers Published: c1962-1965, Segments of southern thoughts, Author: Parks, Edd Winfield, 1906-1968, AND Oddities in southern life and character; Author: Watterson, Henry, 1840-1921. After checking out the Yarns and Oddities titles, the following LCSH?s resulted. These four were especially promising – Frontier and pioneer life–Tennessee–Fiction., Dialect literature, American–Tennessee., Humorous stories, American–Tennessee. , Tennessee–Fiction. Southern States–Social life and customs–1775-1865.
    After checking out the titles at our library, I tried the same search at UNC and Duke?s libraries – Simon Suggs, Madison Tensas, and Sut Lovingood [microfiche] : human nature and three characters from, appeared from UNC with a repetition of results from our library. At Duke Barbara Baker?s The blues aesthetic and the making of American identity in the literature of the South and an additional Sut Lovingood title appeared, Sut Lovingood travels with old Abe Lincoln.
    Obviously, the connections to Tennessee, Sut Lovingood, George Washington Harris, the novel?s setting & protagonist, the black humor of the novel, and myth/folklore appear to be the most evident potentialities for further examination relative to the novel?s contextual significance & thematic links.
    My last attempt with the very useful keyword Sut Lovingood was with WorldCat. The following results appeared promising – The frontier humorists : critical views by M Thomas Inge, Patriotic gore; studies in the literature of the American Civil War. by Edmund Wilson, Faulkner, Sut, and other Southerners : essays in literary history by M Thomas Inge, and The harp of a thousand strings; or, Laughter for a lifetime
    by Samuel Putnam Avery.
    At this point, I know virtually nothing about Sut Lovingood, George Washington Harris, or Thomas Inge (who appears to be a significant voice in this arena). I?m also at a loss as to how Abe Lincoln is relevant (if at all) to the novel. Though I am not entirely certain how I might use this information, I am encouraged that there is such a wealth of data on what I thought would be a rather obscure keyword, if one is willing to consider this figure?s name a keyword.