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HSTR 440: Disease, medicine and society in the era of plagues

This guide supports HSTR 440 and MEDI 440 as taught in Spring 2022.

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Search the library catalogue

Search for physical items including books and media.

Serrching for topics

You can search by keyword, and easily figure out what the best keywords are for your topic.  It's more efficient, though, to search by Subject Headings.  Library of Congress (LC)  subject headings follow a predictible pattern -

Disease name -- Place -- time frame

And each of these is dictated by how LC describes each item. 

For example:

Leprosy--Europe--History--To 1500.
Leprosy--Europe--History--16th century.
Leprosy--Europe--History--17th century.

Plague (older books use 'Black Death') 


So regardless of what words the title uses (pox for syphilis, for example), LC groups titles together by topic using these Authorized Subject Headings.    Searching with them or following them from a book description is a very efficient way to find our books on a topic. 


Books beyond our collections

You can also use books that UVic Libraries does not own. You can find these in WorldCat or in citations or notes in the sources you're reading. 

Request them via Interlibrary Loan, and we'll try to get them to you as soon as possible.  If you need books that exist only outside of Canada, you'll need permission from an instrutor (this serves for any course, for a year, and is very common for upper year students).  

Help Videos on Searching for Books in UVic Libraries

Below are a series of help videos created by UVic Libraries on how to search for and locate books.

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