Judaic Studies: Books

Resources for researching Judaic Studies

Finding Books in the Library Catalog

Start by searching the PSU Library Catalog. With this catalog, you can simultaneously search Portland State and Summit (a regional catalog of 30+ libraries in Oregon and Washington). 

Subject headings start with a main subject. When typing a single subject into the catalog subject heading search, you will retrieve an alphabetical list of subject headings. These subject headings are usually made up of a main heading followed by subdivisions. Some examples appear below.

Main Subject Geographic Subdivision Other Subdivision
Jews --
Hebrew literature --
Israel --
Spain --
History & Criticism
Main Subject Subdivision Chronological Subdivision
History --
Politics and government--
History --
Politics and government--
20th Century

If you find an item held by a Summit library, click the Find & Request tab. From here, you can request the item using the Request from Summit link and follow the directions on the screen.

If you cannot find what you need in the, then you might try WorldCat. WorldCat contains more than 30 millions records for materials cataloged by the Library of Congress and OCLC member libraries, including most academic and many public libraries in the U.S. Catalog includes books, serials (journals, magazines and newspapers), musical scores, recordings, videos, computer software, films, maps and manuscripts.

Browsing for Books

Browsing the library shelves by call number ranges is another strategy for locating information on a topic; call numbers can help you get to the "right neighborhood" in the library stacks.

B 69-5739 Jewish philosophers, Jewish philosophy
BM 1-449 General Judaism
BM 480-488.8 Pre-Talmudic Jewish literature
BM 495-532 Sources of Jewish religion, rabbinical literature
BM 545-582 Principles of Judaism
BM 600-645 Dogmatic Judaism
BM 650-747 Practical Judaism
BM 750-755 Biography
D 802-810 Holocaust studies
DD 253 Jews in Germany
DS 101-151 Israel (Palestine) The Jews
DS 133-151 Jews outside of Palestine
E 184 Jews in the USA
F 1419 Jews in Latin America
GR 98 Jewish folk literature
HQ 1172 Jewish women
JQ 1830 Israel Politics & government
PJ 4501-5192 Hebrew language & literature