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HIST20013 The Holocaust and Genocide: Keywords & finding books

The library catalogue

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

The following are some of the useful keywords for this subject:


ethnic cleansing

mass violence

"human rights violations" (using quotation marks searches for the terms as a phrase rather than each word separately)


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 two or more words in the record. For example:

genocide AND accountability

state AND crime AND Serbia

Use OR and brackets () to broaden your search to find material related to similar keywords in the one search:

(genocide OR "mass violence" OR "ethnic cleansing") AND Europe

(genocide OR "mass violence" OR "ethnic cleansing") AND (Rwanda OR Sudan)

Refer to the Help on keyword searching for tips 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 images below.