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Jewish Culture and Society

This guide is a starting point for students and researchers in the Centre for Jewish History and Culture at the University of Melbourne.

Finding books

To find books on a particular subject, use a keyword search on the library catalogue. For example:



"Gaza Strip"


Keyword searching often retrieves a large number of results. You can limit your search by using AND and adding more keywords to retrieve resources that have both words in the record. For example:

Israel AND history

Hebrew AND literature AND "short stories"

Use OR to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:

Hebrew AND (literature OR writing OR manuscripts)


Refer to the search tips for details on how to search on the library catalogue effectively. These tips also work with databases.

Another way to navigate the catalogue is to use the hyperlinked subject headings in item records. Once clicked on, these headings will show you related subjects around your area and the all the books that the library has related to that subject. Refer to the image below.

Screenshot of the Library Catalogue featuring how to access subject headings

Fig 2.- Screenshot of the Library Catalogue featuring how to access subject headings

If you can't find what you're looking for or an item is unavailable in the catalogue try the following options:

  • Search the BONUS+ catalogue to request an item from another university's library
  • Sign up for a CAVAL card to borrow from other Victorian libraries (including university, TAFE, and public libraries)

Below is a list of links to subject headings that will take you to books relevant to Jewish studies.

As well as search the library catalogue, you might like to check the library shelves at the following call numbers:

181.06 Jewish philosophy
305.8924 Anti-Semitism
492.4 Hebrew
492.411 Alphabets - Hebrew language 
492.47 Dialects - Hebrew language
892.4 Hebrew literature
892.416 Hebrew poetry - 1947-1999
892.417 Hebrew poetry - 2000-
892.435 Hebrew fiction - 1885-1947
892.436 Hebrew fiction - 20th century
909.04924 Diaspora (Jewish history)
940.5318 Holocaust
940.5318092 Persons treatment
940.531813 Economic history
943.086 Period of Third Reich, 1933-1945
956 Middle East (Near East)
956.04 1945-1980
956.94 Palestine
956.9404 Period of British control, 1917-1948
956.9405 1948-
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