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HIST 471A8: Using the Library's Catalog

History of the Book (Spring, 2013)

Locating Your Book

For this course, you will be researching the bibliographic and historical significance of a rare book of your choice from Simpson Library's Special Collections. This page will assist you, as you begin your book selection process and continue your research.

You can search the entire rare book collection by doing an Advanced Search in the library's catalog and limiting your search to the Rare Book Room location.

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Useful Search Terms for the History of Books & Printing

The following terms are Library of Congress subject headings pertinent to book arts, history, and printing. You can use them in a Subject search or a Keyword search:

Alphabet books     Artists' books     Bibliography-History     Books and Reading - History     Bookbinding     Book collecting     Books- Decoration     Book design    Book industries and trade     Calligraphers     Chained books     Colophons     Copybooks   Early printed books      Dime novels     Electronic books     First editions     Illumination of books and manuscripts  Illustrated books   Illustrators     Incunabula      Lettering      Papermaking     Printing     Printing-History     Publishers and Publishing     Rare books     Toy and Moveable books     Watermarks 

Subject Guide

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