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Veterans' Resources: Library Research

A directory of resources and services for our Veterans.

How to find and use subject headings

A convenient way to find subject headings for your topic is to do a keyword or subject search in the online catalog. For example, let's say you look for "homeless veterans" and you find the following record in your results:

Homeless women veterans [electronic resource] : actions needed to ensure safe and appropriate housing : report to congressional requesters

This item is availalbe full-text by just clicking on the link.  If you want to find more items on this subject, look at the catalog record tab to find the item's subject headings. This item has three subject headings:

"Women veterans--Housing--United States"

"Homeless veterans--Housing--United States"

"Homeless women--Housing--United States"

Subject headings are hyperlinks within the catalog, so to find all the items in the catalog with these headings, simply click on each of the headings. 

Subject headings come from a standardized vocabulary instituted by the Library of Congress, so the language of subject headings may not be particularly intuitive or natural. Subdivisions of the subject headings will often denote genre, chronological period, or subtopic. If you have questions or concerns about subject headings, please contact a librarian or the Ask Here desk at 406-657-1662.

Veterans Resources in the Library

Resources that may be of particular interest to veterans are located in the Government Documents Library; however, many items are available online and can be found by searching the library's catalog. Hard copies of government documents can also be found in the library on both the book shelves and in microfiche. The SuDoc call number range for items from the Veterans Affairs Department range from VA 1.1: to VA 1.21:


Try searching the catalog and online databases with the keywords military, armed forces, ROTC, and more. 


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Examples of subject headings

Examples of Materials from the Library