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WS 377U Feminist Spirituality - The Goddess - Fall 2017: Finding Books

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

The PSU Library Catalog contains books, articles, videos, theses and dissertations, and archival materials from the PSU Library collection as well as from other academic libraries.

This tutorial on searching the PSU Library Catalog will provide you with information about its search features while you are actually using the catalog.

catalog tutorial

Searching using subject headings

Searching by subject headings can be a very productive way to find books on your topic. Subject headings are fixed vocabulary used to describe books. Complementing searches done with keywords by utilizing searching by subject headings can greatly improve the number of relevant books you find and can also help further contextualize your topic.

Femininity of god

Goddess religion


Women -- Mythology

Rites and ceremonies.


Goddesses in literature.

Femininity of God in literature.

Archetype (Psychology) in literature.

Spirituality in literature.

And then there's browsing

Books in libraries are shelved by their subject area.  One way to find books (and often find things you wouldn't have expected) is to go to the shelves for your subject area and just browse.