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Gov Docs: Spies, Intelligence, and Cryptography: Finding Books

The materials listed in this LibGuide are federal government documents accessible to the University of South Alabama community. For materials available in other collections in the USA library check with SOUTHcat.

Finding Books--SOUTHcat

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 ("national security")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "surveillance", and "military" then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "Military surveillance." 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.

Suggested Subject search terms:

"Military intelligence"
"Intelligence service"
"National security"

The name of a specific spy, e.g. Ames, Aldrich

--United States
--law and legislation
--government policy

For additional help, see the introductory guide:  Basic Guide to SOUTHcat 

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