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Medallion from the 1908 Olympic GamesThe Olympics: A Guide to Reference Sources

Library of Congress Resources: Catalogs

Use both the Main Card Catalog (through 1980) and the Computer Catalog to find books and periodicals on the Olympics in the Library's collections. In many cases it will be necessary to search under more than one heading, because the terms have changed over time. One always should consult Library of Congress Subject Headings for subdivisions and related headings. Examples are as follows: OLYMPICS; OLYMPIC GAMES; WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES; OLYMPIC GAMES (WINTER).

It is also possible to find books on specific Olympics by searching the site as part of the heading. Books about individual Olympians generally are classed with that person's sport. If a subject search for the athlete's name bears no results, check Library of Congress Subject Headings for the appropriate term. For example, only 2 of 17 books about Jesse Owens have OLYMPICS as a subject entry, whereas 10 entries are found under TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETES.

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