|This Research Guide is intended to serve as a starting point
for research in Jewish Studies. It is by no means comprehensive but serves as an
introduction to the wealth of available information.
The library catalog
contains records for books, videos, audiocassettes, microfilm sets, and many government
documents at UNCA, ASU and WCU. It also lists journals, magazines, and newspapers held by
the libraries. It does not list periodical articles, however. To compile a list of journal
articles, you must consult an index that covers the periodical literature in your subject
Searching the catalog
You can search the online library catalog by author, title, subject
heading, or keywords that describe your topic. Select a Keyword search or Subject search
from the menu to begin exploring the combined library catalogs of the Western North
Carolina Library Network. If you wish, you may Limit any search to items held at UNCA by
clicking on the Limit Search icon after the system completes the initial search.
Subject searches and Keyword searches
To search by subject, select Subject from the main menu and enter part or
all of a Library of Congress subject heading in the search box. If your term is not
included in the "official" list of LC subject headings, the search will find
To search for words in the title, subject, or notes fields of catalog
records, select a Keyword search from the menu. Note that a Keyword search
does not include the author field. However, you may Limit a completed
Keyword search by words in the author field. Keyword searches are very broad, since they
can combine words from several fields. To convert an unsatisfactory subject search to a
Keyword search without rekeying, choose Keyword from the pulldown menu to the left of the
If you find an excellent book on your topic, take note of the subject
headings under which it is indexed. To search on any of these subject headings, simply
click on the highlighted heading. Keep a record of the subject headings that work well for
Keyword searches are a powerful tool, especially if you take advantage of
available options. Read the on-screen instructions to learn how to search word roots and
combine terms with search logic. Limit and Sort options let you refine search results even
Library of Congress Subject Headings
With few exceptions, the "big red books" of Library
of Congress Subject Headings list all subject terms used in the library
catalog. This list also includes cross-references, related, narrower, and broader terms,
and Library of Congress classification numbers for many subjects. The main exceptions are
personal names and place names.
Of course, names and places are valid subject headings, but they are too
numerous to list in a single set of books. LCSH does include a
few names, but for illustrative purposes only. For example, you can find William
Shakespeare, Thomas Aquinas, or, curiously, Morris (cat), but do not look for Franklin
Roosevelt or George Washington!
Obviously, some subject headings about Jewish issues will start with the
words: Jewish or Jews, or words such as Judaica or Judaism. Scroll through the subheadings
and related headings to find what you want, such as Jewish art and symbolism, Jewish
Theater, Jews in literature, etc. Look for subheadings that might have something to do
with social issues, such as: Social conditions, Discrimination, Personal narratives, and
Jewish art and symbolism
Jewish children in the Holocaust
Jewish community centers
Search also for closely related subjects, such as:
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Zionism and Judaism
Reference books can help you find background information, biographical
sketches of notable people, and bibliographies that point you to other pertinent books or
Search the library catalog
by subject; then look for subheadings, such as:
Some standard reference books include:
Encyclopedia Judaica. New York: Macmillan, 1972.
UNCA REFERENCE DS102.8 .E496
The Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Ktav
Publishing, 1964. UNCA REFERENCE DS102.8 .J4x
Use the bibliography in a good book on your subject to identify other
Depending on your topic, many online and print indexes to journal
literature may be relevant to your search. Many of the online indexes are listed on the Electronic Resources
page. For help in determining the best index to use for your particular topic, consult a
Indexing, abstracts, and selected full text of articles in scholarly journals in the humanities.
Indexes journals, book reviews, and dissertations in all areas except United States and
Canadian history. Includes abstracts. Coverage from 1958.
America: History and Life
Indexes historical articles, book reviews, and dissertations in United States and Canadian
history. Includes abstracts. Coverage since 1964.
A collection of over 100 scholarly journals, available online in full-text. Includes American
Jewish History, Israel Studies, Jewish
Social Studies, and Modern Judaism as well as many
other titles of interest.
Women in Judaism: A
An on-line journal
Collections Department houses important materials related to Jewish history
and life in western North Carolina. Particularly relevant are the Temple Beth-Ha-Tephila
Papers (1891-1976) and the Samuel Robinson Papers.
An "online encyclopedia of Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs, people, places, things,
language, scripture, holidays, practices, and customs."
The internet's "leading collection of Torah classes," offering a range of
classes on Jewish philosophy, liturgy, ethics and law.
Jewish Studies Resources
Jewish Studies Internet Directory
A "gateway to high quality resources for the study of Judaism," including access
to online library catalogs and databases like RAMBI:
Index to Articles in Jewish Studies (telnet application required; username:
"aleph"; at the catalog prompt, type: "lb/rbi").
The portal directory to the Jewish world.
H-Net: Jewish Studies
Home of H-Judaic, a discussion list
A Jewish Internet directory with links to many other sites
Center for Jewish Film
Archives, screening schedules, study center, and an audio-visual library dedicated to the
preservation and dissemination of Jewish film. A project of Brandeis University.
Organizations and Societies
UNCA Center for Jewish
The Association for Jewish
The European Association
for Jewish Studies
Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs
The World Jewish Congress
Maintained by the Princeton University Libraries
Comprehensive list of Web sites from Shamash,
the "Jewish Internet Consortium."
An annotated directory of resources on Judaism
United States Holocaust Memorial
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