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HIS 500: Research Guide: Books

This guide will include some research materials and tips for searching for sources for your Research Project. This guide is not inclusive of every source available, but provides a good starting point.

How to Search for Books

Searching for Library Sources

Combined Author/Title option

  • quickest way to find an item if you know the author and title
  • use the Author or Title options only if you know the exact forms

Subject option

  • yields only items catalogued under prescribed subject headings (i.e., Library of Congress headings; see list of possible subject headings below). If you are not familiar with these, use:

Keyword Option (words from the title)

  • usually yields more hits as it searches author, subject headings, titles and series

Subject Keyword is also useful. 

Examples of subject headings:

Note the numerous sub-headings when searching the history of a particular country. Many refer to specific time periods.

  • Great Britain--History--19th century

  • Women--China—History

  • Great Britain—Social life—Customs

Useful Call Numbers

Call numbers for history typically start with D, E or F

  • D  History: General and Old World

  • D-DR  History (General), History of Europe

  • DR  Ottoman Empire

  • DS  China

  • DS  India

  • DS  Japan

  • DJK-DK  History of Eastern Europe(General), Soviet Union, Poland

  • DT-DX  History of Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

  • E American History

  • F  History: Latin America

Subject Guide

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