Nonprofit Sector: Find Books
What is a subject heading?
Subject headings are a formalized way of of searching library catalogs. The right subject heading can help you get to information more quickly.
For example, Nonprofit Organizations can be described using the following terms:
- third sector
- not for profit
- volunteer sector
You could search the library catalog for all those keywords. Or, use one subject heading to find all of the library's materials on that subject.
- Nonprofit Organizations
Who determines subject headings? The Library of Congress. Copies of the complete set of the Library of Congress Subject Headings are available at the Reference Desk.
Browse for Books
Sometimes browsing the library stacks can help you find books you didn't even know you were looking for. The following are good areas to peruse.
H: Social Sciences
HD 2769: Nonprofit Corporations
HF: Business, Accounting, Marketing
HV: Social Work
J: International Organizations
Maps of the library are available at the 2nd floor Reference Desk, elevator lobbies, and also online.
Request a Summit Book from the PSU Library Catalog
Request Books through ILL
If a book you need is not available from our library, you can request it using the "Request from Other Libraries" option in the catalog record.
Note that course textbooks are often not available to borrow from other libraries.
PSU Library Catalog - Book Search
Results include both print books and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and other libraries.
Find Books by Subject
Subject Headings for Community Programs
Subject Headings for Fundraising & Communications
To modify your search to include a useful subject, do an advanced search. With an advanced search you can type in your desired subject and be sure to specify you want to search the "Subject" field.
We also have a number of eBook collections that you can browse. They are listed below: