Policing & Corrections: Books & eBooks
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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, restorative justice can be described using the following terms:
- restorative justice
- alternative justice
- community justice
You could search the library catalog for all those keywords. Or, use one subject heading, restorative justice, to find all of the library's materials about restorative justice:
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.
- BF: Psychology
- HB, HC: Economic theory and conditions
- HM: Sociology
- HT, JF: Public administration
- HV: Criminology and criminal justice
- JK: US politics and government
- KF: US law
- KFO: Oregon law
Maps of the library are available at the 2nd floor Reference Desk, elevator lobbies, and also online.
PSU Library Catalog - Book Search
Results include both print and ebooks, available from Portland State Library and the Summit Libraries.
Find Books by Subject
After you execute a search in the Portland State Library catalog, click on the "books" facet to limit your search results to only books. Click on "eBooks" to limit your results to eBooks.
After you find a useful book, look in the "Details" section of the book's catalog entry at "Subjects." Here you'll find a list of related subjects that you might consider adding to your search. You can also click on a subject link in the record, e.g. clicking on "Recidivism -- Prevention" would bring up a list of all the Library's books, journals, etc. on that topic.
To modify your search to include a subject, use the advanced search. The advanced search allows you to type in your desired subject and be sure to specify your search field as "Subject."
Subjects in Policing & Corrections
Narrow the search results to show available eBooks by selecting Resource Type, eBooks.
Once you find a relevant eBook, then select the title to go to the full record.
Click on Online Access to navigate to the full text eBook.