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Jewish and Israel Studies

Library Homepage Search Box

This is the search box that appears on the UMD Libraries' home page. Simply choose the "Get Started" tab and enter search terms in the box to get started searching. Don't worry about being too precise at first; you can easily narrow down your results later to books, publication date, etc. You can also click Advanced Search for more precise search options.

Tip: Start with a Discovery Tool

We always recommend requesting an item through one of the Libraries' discovery tools, rather than heading straight to your ILL Services Account.  Why you ask?

  • They usually direct you to the best means of getting the item (no need to remember!).  
  • They fill out the citation fields for you, saving time and reducing typos (which slow ILL staff down). 

What tools can you use? 

Learn more about our different catalogs here.    

Catalog search tips

  • In the Catalog, click on "Catalog USMAI" in the upper-left corner in order to search all University System of Maryland libraries at once.
  • University of Maryland Libraries are using Library of Congress Classification system to sort, organize and arrange our materials on our shelves.  Thus for best searching results use the Library of Congress Subject Headings.  They are viewable within each individual records -- in this case just click on a subject heading best describing your subject.   You can also use the "Subject Beginning with..." search.  Finally you can use words from these headings to build your own search vocabulary to use in key word searching.  Some examples of subject headings are:
    • Bible. O.T. Genesis
    • Bible. O.T. Genesis I-XI -- Historiography
    • Bible. O.T. -- Geography
    • Bible. O.T. Greek. Septuagint -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
    • Bible. O.T. Hebrew -- Criticism, Textual -- History
    • Bistritzky, Nathan
    • Hebrew prose literature -- Israel -- History and criticism
    • Heroes -- Mythology -- Israel
    • Israel -- History -- 1948-1967 -- Fiction
    • Jewish periodicals -- United States -- History -- 20th century
    • Jewish women -- England -- Winchester -- Biography
    • Jews -- Egypt -- Cairo -- History -- 12th century -- Sources
    • Jews -- Israel -- Identity
    • Jews -- United States -- Intellectual life
    • Jews -- United States -- Politics and government
    • Judaism -- Relations -- Christianity -- History
    • Manuscripts, Hebrew
    • Mishnah. Sheviʻit -- Commentaries
    • Talmud -- Commentaries
    • Talmud -- Commentaries -- Periodicals
    • Talmud -- Comparative studies
    • Talmud -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History
    • Yehoshua, Abraham B. -- Political and social views
    • Zionists -- Palestine -- Biography