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HIST 4004/7004: Plagues and Contagion in Pre-Modern Europe: Books

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Subject Headings

These Library of Congress Subject Headings can be searched directly (MERLIN Subject Search) or added to a keyword search, e.g., "public health surveillance and encephalopath*"

  • Clinical epidemiology
  • Diseases and history
  • Diseases -- history
  • Epidemiology
  • Epidemics
  • Medicine, medieval
  • Public health surveillance

Names of diseases are also usually searchable as subject headings.

Exploiting Subject Heading in Your Book Search

To find books primarily ABOUT a particular disease, you can look that disease up as a SUBJECT (either Library of Congress/LC or Medical).  Look for subject subdivisions like "early works" or"epidemiology" or "epidemics" or "history." Use Subject Search in the MERLIN or MOBIUS catalog.  The subject heading "medicine, medievel" is also quite fruitful.

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To locate diseases where you can find old sources try KEYWORD searches that incorporate s:, which will locate terms in the Subject field:

s:"early works" and (fever or pox or pestilen* or plague)  - you can use other words in parentheses, too.

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Try keyword searches using century-terms.  Example: epidemi* and 15th century

 

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