Books About MIT
The Department of Distinctive Collections have posted a list of books about MIT.
Barton, the MIT Libraries' Catalog
Barton includes books and journal titles owned by all of the MIT Libraries.
You can use Barton for both primary and secondary sources. It does not list journal articles.
Using Barton: Keywords vs. Subjects
Keywords are words normal people would think of. They can appear ANYWHERE in the record (title, author, subject, publisher, notes, etc., etc.).
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are "officially sanctioned" by the Library of Congress; you will never guess them on your own. They appear in the “Subject” section of a Barton record.
You can use keywords or titles to figure out subject headings (and remember: use this same strategy with other catalogs and databases!).
Using Barton: Basic vs. Advanced Search
Basic search is good for title, author, and keyword searching. With advanced search, you can combine searches and limit by language, format, and library.
WorldCat includes books owned by libraries around the world; it's useful for the serious researcher who needs to go beyond the scope of the MIT Libraries. WorldCat indicates which other libraries own the book you need, and gives you the option to request a book from another Borrow Direct library for delivery to MIT.