A keyword search allows you to search for a word, words or a phrase anywhere in the library catalogue record (such as author name or words appearing in the title).
neoliberalism and higher education
neoliberalism and universities
capitalism and universities
A Starts With (or Browse) search allows you to browse a list of titles, authors or subject headings that correspond to the information you provide. This type of search is best used when you are searching for a particular title, author or subject.
Subject searches can be an effective way to find information about an author or topic.
To search by Subject in the Library Catalogue, click the Starts With button and then select LC Subject from the drop-down menu.
Examples of Subject Headings:
Globalization -- Social Aspects
Alternative Mass Media -- Canada
Critical Theory -- Dictionaries
Information Theory in Sociology
Durkheim, Émile, 1858-1917
Cities and towns--Canada--Growth
These are, of course, just examples. You are not expected to know what an appropriate subject for your topic might be.
One effective way of using subject headings is to begin with a Keyword search. Then, once you've found a few books that fit your criteria, take a look at the subject headings. You can then click on a subject heading to find all other titles in the library that have that same heading. In other words, you can use subject headings to help you find more titles similar to ones you've already found.