InfoKat Discovery lists books and other material that focus on specific countries and groups of countries and also provides access to books that focus on given research topics with a country or regional focus. Searching for your country using the Browse Source by Subject on the InfoKat Discovery Browse page will give you access to a clickable list of headings and sub-headings, in alphabetical order, in which the name of your country appears, with the number of specific headings indicated.
For example, the initial entries for Ireland look like this:
As you can see, this list will be quite long, given the various subdivisions that are possible.
If you are in a library, you can look in the Library of Congress Subject Headings (Young Reference Collection, Government Documents LC 26.7 [ask for it at the Reference Desk, north wing, 2nd floor]) to find useful subject subdivisions for countries; beginning on p. SD-i in volume 1, you can see a list of terms that you can use to search for information about your country -- a list of some of the most useful appear in the box to the right side of the screen. You can find specific subheadings for your country under the country itself, as well. You can also look up in the LCSH the subject heading you would like to see as the main heading with your country as a subheading. Once you have terms that will find the kind of books you need, you can do a more specific search on the InfoKat Discovery Browse page, entering your your terms as follows:
Here are the results of selecting the first item in the above list, Ireland - Description and travel. Note that you can sort the results in various ways; for example, to see the most current material first.
Using the InfoKat Discovery Advanced Search or the InfoKat Discovery Browse page, search for your country, city, continent or region in conjunction with the topical term that best suits your research interest. You can look in LCSH under your country to find focused subject subdivisions that apply to that country specifically or use an appropriate Free-Floating Subdivision (pp. SD-i ff). Here are some terms that are often useful when doing country-specific research:
To focus on the people of a country, consider the group term (e.g., Irish).
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