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FYS: What is a Nation? 2021: Books & Articles

This guide is for students in Professor Nuñez's first year seminar.

OneSearch: Books, Articles, Films & More

Where is everything?

Search our library catalog for books, e-books and films.  Remember, it searching Hollins' and Roanoke College's collection.  Be sure to look at the location code (HU = Hollins, RC = Roanoke College).  If you need something at Roanoke College click the "Request" button and it will be delivered the next weekday.  You can also use your Hollins ID to checkout books at RC.


  • HU-Reference books: located on the 1st floor of the library
  • HU-General Collection: located on the 2nd (P-Z) and 3rd (A-N) floors of the library
  • RC-General Collection: click Request this item for delivery in 1 week day!
  • E-Books: follow the link to read the book online!

Smart Searching Tips

Try different key words in your searches:

  • People, types or names (who is writing your document? Who are important figures in this nationalist movement?)
  • Places (Germany, etc...)
  • Time periods or events (18th century - use numbers as opposed to writing out time periods!)
  • Movements (nationalism, Fascism)
  • Groups (Zionists)

Add to your list by looking for:

  • Subject terms in the catalog and databases 
  • related terms (king - leader)
  • synonyms (property - land)

No results? Search more broadly: 

Try your search using fewer terms, or change to broader terms: for example, use the term artist (broad), instead of just painter (narrow).

Too many results? Narrow down by adding something:

Try combining  search words, using "and" in between: nuns and education

Search Tools

Try a Boolean Operator: AND, NOT, OR (you MUST CAPITALIZE those words in OneSearch)

(France OR French) AND independence

Use the *  (asterisk) wildcard, to search several terms at once.

educ* = educated, education, educator, etc.

Use quotation marks to enclose a phrase:

"home rule"


  • When you find a book that looks good, scroll down and look at the subject terms.  This can lead you to other good sources and help you generate keywords. 

  • Now you know that searching "customs" or "social life" might be useful to your research. 

Specialty Databases

Use these databases to focus your search:

Looking for a Journal?

Got a citation?

Use the Journal Search to find a specific journal.

If Hollins does not have the journal, use Interlibrary loan.