Click the button above to visit the Catholic Research Resources Alliance (CRRA) website, home of the Catholic Portal, a catalog of rare, unique, and uncommon Catholic scholarly materials in the library collections of the over 40 member institutions of the CRRA. An ever-growing number of the items listed may contain links to the full-text!
CRRA has a growing collection of subject guides to assist users of their website in doing research. Click the link below to see these subject guides.
While the Subject search is a quick way to get at everything on a topic, sometimes the alphabetically arranged subheadings are not specific enough to get you to the exact aspect of a topic your are interested in. At such times the Advanced Search can be very useful.
Once on the Classic Catalog screen, click the Advanced Search link. (You can get to the Classic Catalog by clicking the blue button in the box on the right side of the screen.)
The Advanced Search provides a powerful interface with many search possibilities. Say you were looking for books that deal with Vatican II and laypersons in the Church. You might enter the Library of Congress Subject Heading "Vatican Council (2nd: 1962-1965: Basilica Di San Pietro In Vaticano)" in the first search box. (Actually, in this search you can use a shortened version of the subject heading, "Vatican Council 2nd 1962-1965," and this will work just fine. You should then pull down the menu to the left of this box and choose "Subject." In the second box you can type the word "laity." Leave the menu on the left set at "Any Field" to search for your word as a keyword in any part of the catalog records Then click on Search. This will cause the search engine to find only records for the books on your subject that contain your keyword as well.