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HIS 103: World History to 1500: Books

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Books are shelved in general subject categories using the Library of Congress classification system. You may want to supplement your use of the catalog with browsing shelf areas for your topic. Below is a brief listing of some of the subject locations in the broad field of world history.

Suggested Library of Congress call number ranges for browsing:

  • D: General History
    • D: 20-24.5 General
    • D: 101-203 Middle Ages/Medieval Age
  • DF: 501-649 Byzantine Empire, 323-1453
  • DL: 61-65 Vikings
  • DS: 733-799.32 China
  • DT: Africa
  • E: 51-73 and 103-110 Pre Columbian South America

Other Places to Find Books and Pamphlets

Google Books
Google is in the midst of an ambitious project to digitize books from publishers and in libraries. Those that were published before 1924 are in full text; those still potentially under copyright can be searched, but not viewed in full. It offers an interesting way to locate very specific words, phrases, and citations, particularly in older books. Using the advanced search you can limit a search to books that are full text or published within a range of years.

HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world.

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Tips for Searching the Catalog

You can limit a search by 

  • language 
  • format (e.g. DVD)
  • date published 
  • If you only want to search the Reference section, do a search such as the following.
    • Your Topic Keyword AND b8:reference
      • For example: "Egyptian Civilization" AND B8: reference

Interesting Possibilities

Check out the books in the Clarendon Ancient History Series

Check out the many books in the Middle Ages (500-1500) Series

Check out the many books in the Introduction to Oriental Civilizations Series

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