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Selected Subject Searches

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Judaism--Customs and practices
Jewish way of life
Spiritual life--Judaism
Judaism--Essence, genius, nature
God (Judaism)
God (Judaism)--History of doctrines
Jewish law
Circumcision--Religious aspects--Judaism
Orthodox Judaism
Orthodox Judaism--Relations--Nontraditional Jews
Orthodox Judaism--United States
Conservative Judaism--United States--History
Reform Judaism
Reform Judaism--United States
Judaism--History To 70 A.D.
Judaism—History--Post-exilic period, 586 B.C.-210 A.D.
Judaism—History--Talmudic period, 10-425
Judaism—History--Medieval and early modern period, 425-1789
Judaism—History--Modern period, 1750-
Temple of Jerusalem (Jerusalem)--History
Judaism--United States
Judaism--United States--History

Jewish diaspora
Jews--Cultural assimilation
Jews--Cultural assimilation--United States
Jews--Europe--Intellectual life
Jews--Germany  [This is an example—any country may be a subdivision]
Jews—History--To 70 A.D.
Jews—History--586 B.C.-70 A.D.
Jews--Politics and government--1948-
Jews--Public opinion
Jews--Social conditions
Jews--Social life and customs
Jewish women  [see the many subheadings]
Jewish women--Religious life
Feminism--Religious aspects--Judaism
Sex--Religious aspects--Judaism
Homosexuality--Religious aspects--Judaism
Jews--United States
Jews--United States--History
Jews--United States--Identity
Jews--United States--Intellectual life
Jews--United States--Politics and government
Jews--United States--Social conditions
Jews--United States--Social life and customs

Philosophy, Jewish
Maimonides, Moses, 1135-1204
Ethics, Jewish
Jewish ethics
Mythology, Jewish
Art, Jewish
Jews--Music--History and criticism
Synagogue music--History and criticism
Jewish fiction –History and criticism 
Jewish literature
Judaism in literature
Hebrew language--History
Hebrew literature--History and criticism
Yiddish literature--History and criticism
Israeli literature--History and criticism
American fiction--Jewish authors--History and criticism
American poetry--Jewish authors-- History and criticism
American literature--Jewish authors--History and criticism
Jews in literature
Jews in motion pictures
Jews on television
Jews in popular culture--United States

Bible-- O.T.
Bible--O.T.--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. O.T.--Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish
Bible--O.T.—Pentateuch--Commentaries  [Torah]
Bible. O.T. Prophets--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible--O.T.—Genesis--Commentaries  [this is an example--any book may be a subdivision]
Bible--O.T.—Genesis--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible--O.T.—Job--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Dead Sea scrolls
Dead Sea scrolls--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Qumran community

Abraham (Biblical patriarch)
Moses (Biblical leader)
David, King of Israel
Exodus, The
Covenants--Religious aspects--Judaism

Talmud--Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Talmud Introductions
Midrash--History and criticism
Rabbinical literature--History and criticism
Women in rabbinical literature

Antisemitism in literature
Antisemitism--United States

Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), in literature
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)--Personal narratives
Holocaust (Jewish theology)


Israel--Emigration and immigration
Israel--Ethnic relations
Israel--Foreign relations
Israel--Foreign relations--United States
United States--Foreign relations--Israel
Israel--Politics and government
Israel--Social conditions
Jewish-Arab relations
Jewish-Arab relations--History--1917-1948
Jewish-Arab relations 1973-
Israel-Arab conflict
Israel-Arab War, 1948-1949
Israel-Arab War, 1967
Palestinian Arabs--Israel
Jerusalem--Ethnic relations
Jerusalem--Politics and government

Not in the IC Library??

     WorldCat via FirstSearch  is a "union catalog" that allows you to search the holdings of over 10,000 libraries from accross the country and around the world. Check WorldCat to discover what the entire universe of possible resources looks like for your topic. 
User Advisory:
  • Because this is such an enormous database you need to choose a "Limit Type to" before you begin. Most commonly you will be looking for "Books," "Visual Materials" (for example DVDs), or "Sound Recordings."
  • I recommend you avoid the "Author phrase," "Title phrase," and "Subject phrase" search fields and use "Author," "Title," or "Subject" instead. The "phrase" searches must be exact and are unforgiving.
  • If your topic is time-sensitive, try focusing on a recent time span under Year.
  • When you find an item you want you can request an interlibrary loan by opening the WorldCat record and clicking on "ILL (order via interlibrary loan)," which you'll find toward the top of the record under "External Resources." This will connect you to Ithaca College Library interlibrary loan, where you log in using your usual Netpass name and password. Logging in opens a form where all the identifying data will have automatically been transferred from the WorldCat record. All you have to do is click "Submit."

IC Library Databases (Articles)

Journals by Title

Note: The databases below allow you to search by topic for articles in thousands of newspapers, magazines, and journals.  If you wish to see full-text availability for a particular publication, use the Journal Titles search on the Library home page.  You can also use the following link to browse full-text journals in Judaism.

Recommended Databases

     ATLA religion database with ATLASerials : Our discipline-specific database for religion research.  Setting search limits on the home page is a good idea if you are looking specifically for journal articles (under "publication type" select "article" to eliminate books and essays in books, which will not be available full text) or if you read only English (under Language select "English" to eliminate retrievals in other languages).
     Subject searching is available--just open the "Thesaurus" above the search slots. This will this allow you to confirm Subject Headings. To get an idea of the range of Subject options, try entering Judaism and/or Jewish and then browse the pages of subheadings.
     Special Feature: Above the search slots note "Scriptures."  This refers to only the Judeo-Christian scriptures contained in the Bible (no Apocrypha), but it does allow you easily to search for articles by chapter and verse for each book of the Bible. 

      Academic Search Premier  Comprehensive subject coverage with considerable full text.  Note that there is a “Subject Terms” link just above the search boxes, allowing you to search the index of Subject Headings--often a good first stop for more efficient Subject searching whereby you are guaranteed that your topic is indeed a main subject of the articles retrieved.
     A good initial strategy in this database is to search a likely topic in the Subject Terms and when you find it “explode” the term by double clicking it--this brings up a list of related Subject terms.  You can check as many terms as you like before "adding" them to your search by AND-ing or OR-ing them together.  Among the available Subjects are Judaism, Judaism--Customs & Practices, Judaism--Doctrines, Mysticism--Judaism, Judaism & gender, Judaism & Social problems, Jewish Ethics, Jewish Law, Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Sects, Jewish Women, Jewish LGBT People, Reform Judaism, Kibbutzim, and Antisemitism.
     User Advisory: For any retrieved set of articles, there will be a box displayed on the right that will limit the articles to “Scholarly” journals—just check the box and click the “Update Results” button below.

     ProQuest Research Library : is another comprehensive database with substantial full text.  Use the "Thesaurus" (above the search slots) to preview what Subject Headings are available.  Subect searching can be a more efficient way to search than with only Keywords, since it guarantees that the articles retrieved actually be about the Subject--not just use a particular word. 
     Note that to the right of your search results you can limit your retrieval by "Source Type" (including Magazines, Newspapers, Scholarly Journals),  "Document Type," (including Cover Story, Editorial, or Interview), "Document Feature" (including Photographs, Illustrations), and "Location."
     Above each set of articles you retrieve ProQuest will display related Subject searches to help either broaden or narrow your focus.
     General OneFile : is the most user-friendly of our comprehensive databases, covering almost any topic from a wide range of disciplinary angles and offering lots of full text.  Use the default Subject search to find the best subject heading for your topic (and when you find a good one be sure to look at the "Related Subjects" to see if there's something even better).  Among the Subjects available here are Jews, Judaism, Jewish Ethics, Jewish Art, Jewish Culture, Jewish History, Jewish Identity, Jewish Law, Jewish Life, Antisemitism, Holocaust, Jewish, and Zionism.
     After finding the best Subject term, use the “Subdivisions” link below it for focus.  These allow you to target articles on a particular aspect of the topic, including “Ethical Aspects,” “Political Aspects,”"Religious Aspects," and “Social Aspects.”
      If the best available subdivision is still too broad, open it and add your own Keywords in the "Search within these results" slot at the upper left.
     User Advisory: When first viewing your retrievals in General OneFile, note that you are seeing onlythe "Magazines" (popular articles) and must click on the tabs for "Academic Journals" (scholarly articles) or "News" (newspaper articles) to see those results. 

      JSTOR : covers a wide range of scholarly journals in most disciiplines, always beginning with the first issue of each one.  This provides 100% full text access to articles from not only the first half of the 20th century but even the second half of the 19th. 
     JSTOR offers only a Keyword search of its complete full text, so retrievals are large, but the relevancy ranking does a good job of putting the strongest matches on the first few pages.  This relevancy ranking does not weigh date, however, and will display a mix of articles written decades apart.  So if your topic is time sensitive, be alert to publication dates.
     User Advisory: The academic journals covered here feature numerous book reviews, so it's a good idea to tick the "Article" limit below the search slots so you won't be overwhelmed by book reviews on your topic.  
   Also note the "Date Range" limit, which in a database with an archive this deep can be very useful. 

    Project Muse , although a smaller database, it complements JSTOR. LIke JSTOR it provides 100% full text of mostly scholarly journals, but its coverage is entirely current--mainly spanning the last 10-15 years.  Muse uses a "black box" search approach--you enter your search terms in one slot with no designated field options--but in addition to slapping in keywords, you can use the same Library of Congress Subject Headings that work in the Library catalog (see above under "Subject Searches").  This broad approach to searching tends to generate large retrievals, so it's best to be as specific as possible.  And note--once you have a retrieval set, you can add more search terms by clicking "Modify Search" at the top.

     Philosopher's Index : Little full text, but the “GETIT” icons at the end of each citation will connect to scholarly full text in our other databases--making this an efficient one-stop search.
     Subject searching is available here--just open the "Indexes and choose "Subjects." There are only two targeted descriptors here: Judaism and Jewish.  Combine either or both of these with topical Descriptors and/or Keywords.

     SocINDEX with Full Text : As the name implies, an excellent database for social issues. Click on the "Subject Terms" link above the search slots to find which Subject Headings will work here. Double click any Heading for a list of broader, narower, and related Subject Terms.  And note that you can check the boxes to select as many Headings as you like and then "add to search using or" and run the search--all without even retyping the terms back on the home page.  Among the Subjects here are Judaism & Culture, Judaism & Politics, Jewish men, Jewish Women, Jewish Families, Jewish Neighborhoods, Jewish Fundamentalism, Jews, American, and Jews--identity.

     PsycINFO :  The American Psychological Association use their own Subject vocabulary (called "Descriptors"), so a visit to the "Thesaurus" below the search slots is a good idea. The main Descriptors in this area are Judaism, Jews, Antisemitism, and Holocaust, which you then need to combine with topical descriptors and Keywords.  For example, among the generic religious Descriptors available are Religious Beliefs, Religious Practices, Religious Prejudices, God Concepts, Faith, Theology, and Mysticism.  And If you find an article on exactly what you want, be sure to check the assigned "Descriptors" on the right of the citation for more ideas about useful search terms.  
     PsycINFO deals only with scholarly literature, much of it assuming a graduate-level understanding of the discipline.  But among these you may find interesting, accessible articles on your topic.  
     User Advisory: If what you're searching for are "journal articles" in "English," it's a good idea to check those boxes below the search slots to eliminate book citations and foreign language articles. 

     LexisNexis Academic  News:  Offering a keyword search of 100% full text from a vast number of national and international newspapers, this is an easy database to use poorly and a bit tricky to use well. In order not to be overwhelmed with articles in which your search terms are mentioned anywhere—first or last paragraph—or any number of times—once or ten times—use commands to target articles in which your topic words are mentioned early or mentioned often.
     Use the hlead command (headline and lead paragraphs) to target articles in which your topic words occur in the prime news-story position of headline or first paragraphs. For example: hlead(fracking and pollution) will retrieve just the articles in which the words “fracking” and “pollution” are used in the headline or first paragraphs. Note: the term or terms to which you want this command to apply must be put in parentheses after hlead, with no space between.
     Use the altleast command to target articles in which your topic words occur a set number of times. For example: atleast5(“gay marriage”) will retrieve only the articles where this phrase is used at least 5 times—indicating that it must be a main topic. You can plug in any number after atleast—atleast3 or atleast7. Note: the term or terms to which you want this command to apply must be put in parentheses with no space between the number you choose and the first parenthesis.

     Ethnic NewsWatch : Note that below the search slots there is a menu where you can focus your search on an "Ethnic Group" and that one of the choices is "Jewish."  Another approach would be to click on "Topics" above the search slots, which opens the "Topic Guide."  Try entering "Jews" here and you will be offered some broad subject categories, each with a "Narrow by Related Topic" link below it.  Choosing one of these will open all kinds of specific subheadings which you can click to run in combination with "Jews."

     ScienceDirectDon't be misled by the name: ScienceDirect covers both the physical and social sciences and can be an outstanding source of articles on religious topics. Because it’s a large database with a great deal of full text, the absence of Subject searching means that your Keyword searches will often retrieve large sets of articles, many of which mention but don’t discuss your search term(s). One way around this is to limit your initial search to the “Abstract Title Keyword” field. Once you have found an article that sounds on-target, open the HTML version and click the “Related Articles” link  to the right. This will open a range of articles on the same topic.
     For a quick overview of the range of articles available here try a search on--Jews or Jewish or Judaism--in the Abstract Title Keyword field.

Where's the Full Text for this Article??

     Few databases offer 100% full text.  Most retrieve a mix of full text articles and article "citations"--article title, author(s), publication info, and usually an "abstract" or one-prargraph summary of the content.  When a citation makes you want the full text, look below it for this icon: 
     Clicking "GETIT" checks (almost all) the IC Library's other databases to see if any offers the full text of the article--or if the Library has a print subscription to the journal in which the article appeared. 
  • "GETIT" will usually find the full text in another database and open it in a new window.  
  • If none of our databases can access the full text but we have a print subsciption to the journal, "GETIT" will retrieve the Library catalog record for the journal so that you can see if the date of the article falls within the date range we have on hand.
  • If full text is not available from any database or from a print subsciption, "GETIT" will provide a link to the IC Library's Interlibrary Loan.  Log in (same as your IC e-mail)--and set up your account if you've never used it before.  "GETIT" will have populated the article request form with all the necessary information and you simply submit the request elecrtonically.  Most articles are supplied as digital files and will be sent to you via e-mail when they arrive.

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Web Resources

Selected Gateway Sites

  • Rambi: International index of articles on Jewish Studies--comprehensive, but primarily citations.

Web Directories

  Web Directories differ from search engines like Google in that all the online resources have been selected and annotated by editors, thereby promising a much higher degree of quality control. 

Citation Help

MLA Citation

MLA is the citation style used by most disciplines in the Humanities. Here is my guide to the latest (2016) update of the MLA style.