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U.S. Presidency: Finding Books

Finding Books

Books at Penn

Franklin, the Penn Library's online catalog, lists more than five million books, journal titles, and other materials contained in campus libraries. Note: The Biddle Law Library has its own completely separate catalog, LOLA.
You can search Franklin by author, title, journal title, subject, or keyword. For information on searching, consult Franklin Search Help.

Keyword: Use keyword searching to combine concepts (X AND Y) and to search for particular words or phrases that might appear in titles or notes or subjects. Quotes are used for phrases:

  • electoral college
  • "presidential elections" and 1968
  • executive orders
  • Author:
  •  John F. Kennedy
  •  George W. Bush 
  • Presidential Commission for Biomedical Issues

Subject: It may be useful to be familiar with some of the Library of Congress subject headings listed below. As part of the vocabulary that catalogers use to describe book topics, subject headings, once identified, can be used to find more books and other publications on the same subject. There are a variety of terms related to  the presidency that are specific and can be used productively in searching. These can be used as keywords or phrases. e.g.

Presidents--United States

Presidents--United States--Election--2000

Presidents--United States--Nomination

Presidents--United States--Press Conferences

Presidents--Terms of Office

Books Beyond Penn

Although the Penn Libraries' collection is large, there are still many reasons you might seek materials elsewhere. Two reasons: 1) the book is checked out at Penn 2) you want to expand your bibliography beyond what is immediately available at Penn. Listed below are options for finding books at other libraries.

BorrowDirect/EZBorrow & Interlibrary Loan

WorldCat

US Presidential Seal Podium Plaque