A quick search of most of the library’s books, articles, ebooks, dissertations, videos, music, and more.
No doubt, a vast amount of books have been published throughout history. In order to make sense of all of this knowledge, various classifications systems have been developed. The EMU Library uses the Library of Congress classification system, which organizes materials according to subject, to organize its books. This is important because:
Library of Congress subject headings look like this: Architecture -- Michigan.
They are typically comprised of a primary heading (in the example, Architecture) and one or more subheadings (in the example, Michigan), which narrow the primary heading's focus. As can be expected, the longer the subject heading (the greater number of subheadings attached), the less results you will receive.
The University of California at Berkeley Library has a really good overview of subject headings and subheadings to use for historic preservation research. Additionally, you may want to see the following article for a discussion on the nuances of terms used for homes, housing and architecture. Some examples of useful primary headings include:
Useful subheadings include:
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