To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.
Catalog tips and tricks:
Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("passenger lists")
Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (genealog? finds genealogy, genealogical ...)
Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "military service records," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "United States--Armed Forces--Records and correspondence." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
Revise and refine your searches.
Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.
Sample search terms:
Subject Heading Browse:
For additional help, see the introductory guide Basic Guide to SOUTHcat