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Finding Books

If you are looking for books that are owned by Carnegie Mellon University, use our library catalog, CAMEO.  It is the library catalog and is the best way to find books, microfilm, videos, and other materials owned by the library.  It is not where you will find journal articles.


Here are some basic tips for searching library catalogs:

-- Whenever possible, use Advanced Search because it allows you to control how your topic is searched.  The default CAMEO search is a keyword search; to build a more specific search, use the advanced search option.  If you want tips for how to build searches, see the CAMEO Help with Search Operators page.  These tips work in other library catalogs as well.

-- Select "Match All", "Match Any", or "Match No") Terms to combine the search terms and try various search fields.

Here are some examples:

  • Good and Evil (as Subject)
  • Politics (as Subject) AND Evil (as All Fields)
  • Literature(as Subject) AND Evil (as Subject)

-- View the full-record and note of the subject headings used in a catalog, usually listed as "Subjects".

This is an example of a record:

Book Record

NOTE:  Some times a record would have only one subject heading, but if you click on the subject heading, you will be able to browse other books that will lead to more subject headings.

Important: Once you find a book you think you would like, note the location and the call number.  You will need both of these pieces of information to locate the book.


Still can't find what you need?

If you are looking for a book that we do not own, try the following:

  1. Check the University of Pittsburgh's Catalog PITTCat+: you are able to borrow books by getting a borrowing card (you'll need a valid CMU ID card). 
  2. Check E-Z Borrowgives you access to books from libraries in Pennsylvania.  You'll need your Andrew ID number, which is the second set of numbers on the bottom of your CMU ID card.
  3. Check Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (public library).  You can get a library card for free.  You'll need a proof of your current address.

You can also check other local library catlogs (see list).


Finding Articles

There are many are multi-disciplinary databases, making selecting one tricky. The best approach is to think of relevant subject guides to your topic and check there for database suggestions.  See the Relevant Guides box on the right.

One possible approach is to search specialized journals.  You can do this online by going to e-Journals A-Z and looking for a journal by title, then searching within the journal.  If you don't have a specific title in mind, you can enter a word like "religion" or relevant terms to generate a list of titles with these words.

To search inside the journal, click on the link below.  Follow the link to the vendor that provides our access.  The journal will open.  You can then search just that journal.  In some cases, you may need to select the option to "search this [or within] publication."

In general, the following databases are good starting places for relevant information on gender, media and representation:

a.  Academic OneFile - Full text articles covering the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.

b. CQ Researcher - Full text of reports from the government on hot topics such as religion, sexuality, politics.

c. JSTOR - Articles in important academic journals; all disciplines; latest few years not available.

d. Roper Center for Public Opinion Archives - A grest source of public opinion data

Other specialized databases:

a.  PAIS (Public Affairs Information Service) - Identifies articles, books, websites, statistics, yearbooks, directories, conference proceedings, pamphlets, reports, government documents, and microfiches on political, social, public policy issues from 1915 to date.

b.  PolicyFile - a good place to look for information on policy related.


(note:  If you cannot locate the journals in our libraries or databases (e-journals), you can always get them via Interlibrary Loan; also if you are off-campus or using a wireless connection, you will be asked to log-in with your Andrew ID (see Off-Campus/Wireless Access).

Suggested Readings

Relevant Guides

Selecting the appropriate databases is difficult, since many are multi-disciplinary. The best approach is to think of relevant subject guides to your topic and check there for database suggestions.  Here are relevant guides for this course:

Art - The Art guide is a good source for information relevant to representation of Evil in art and drama.

Business & Economics Databases - This list of databases is a good start for information related to the intersection of the topic with business.

English Guide - Check here for general databases, but also if you are looking for historical coverage.

Psychology Databases - A good place to look for social aspects of the topic such as gender, media, and representation.