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History: Books

These pages will help you learn the process of research for history classes.

Library Catalog


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Finding Books for Historical Studies

In the Library Catalog, which you see to the left, you can search for books on any topic, including secondary source works and books that contain primary source material. Books that are owned by other libraries can be found using WorldCat, also to the left. If you need to obtain a book from another library, you can do so quickly using the library's Borrow from Other Libraries option.  Additionally, you may be able to find copies of some texts using Google Books, below left.

Books in our library are shelved according to the Library of Congress classification system, which uses letters to begin each book's call number. Many books on history are shelved in the sections beginning with the following call letters:

C - Auxiliary Sciences of History (e.g. civilization, archaeology, genealogy, biography)

D - World History (Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, etc.)

E and F - History of the Americas

For help finding books in the library, take 3 minutes with our helpful tutorial, Finding Books in the Waidner-Spahr Library, which you can access below.

Finding Books Tutorials

How to find a book in the Waidner-Spahr Library.

Finding Books Continued

Making sense of the Library of Congress Classification system to locate books on the shelves.

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