Browsing by title is helpful for items that come in multiple series, or where a variation in spelling or phrasing might affect a search. See, for example, the Dictionary of Literary Biography or Town & Country magazine.
Note: you may notice minor variations in the order in which titles appear, as compared to HOLLIS Classic. This is because HOLLIS uses different alphabetization rules for numbers, symbols, and other special characters.
Browse by subject to see how your topic is organized and subdivided in the Library Catalog's subject headings. See, for example, Isaac Newton.
The Library Catalog pulls its subject headings from the Library of Congress Subject Headings, FAST, and the National Library of Medicine (MeSH). These taxonomies are well-controlled but complex. There are often several pertinent subject terms for a given topic.
(In "Everything," you will see a huge variety of subject headings, and many apparent duplicates. Everything's subjects, which are not available for browsing, come from many different taxonomies.)
Pro tip: It's often best to adapt the subject headings and subheadings you see in your "starts with" list into a new search. From Advanced Search, select "subject" from the "any field" drop-down and add different combinations of subjects and subheadings. For example, you might search for "comic books, strips, etc." to return underground comics along with science fiction comics, and so on.
Browsing by call number uses the logic of the library's physical arrangement of items to discover additional material on your topic. It's like looking at an imaginary shelf where nothing is checked out, nothing is in off-site storage, and everything is in the same building.
For example, you can use Library of Congress call numbers to browse materials by and about John Steinbeck across multiple libraries, or you can use Harvard-specific call numbers to browse Houghton's American manuscripts or the reference collection in Widener's Loker Reading Room.
To browse by call number, enter all spaces and punctuation as they appear in your starting call number. If you don't see the call number system you want on the drop-down list, choose "other."