How does the ALICE Catalog’s advanced subject search work?

Sample Subject Searches
This kind of search uses standardized words and phrases, from the Library of Congress, to describe the contents of items in ALICE. By doing Subject searches, you can often get more relevant results than you can from Keyword searches.
A topic
  • sports medicine

Subject terms can have subdivisions, with or without punctuation:

  • sports medicine — periodicals
  • sports medicine periodicals
A personal name Always enter the last name first, with or without punctuation:

  • king martin luther
  • king, martin luther

A Subject search for a person finds items about a person. To find items created by a person, do an Author search.

An organization
  • ohio university
  • ohio university — branch campuses — lancaster
An event
  • united states — history — civil war, 1861-1865
  • September 11 Terrorist Attacks, 2001
A place
  • france
  • paris (france)