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A Guide to History: Reference Works

Browsing for Books

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 field of [subject].

  • CB History of civilization
  • CC Archaeology
  • D History (General)
    • 51-95 Ancient
    • 111-203 Medieval
    • 204-475 Modern
    • 501-838 World War I,II
    • 839-850 Post-War history 1945-
    • 901-1075 Europe (General)
    • 890-893 Eastern Hemisphere
  • DA-DR European States individually
  • DS Asia
    • 35-392 Middle East and Central Asia
    • 401-486 India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal
    • 501-689 Southeast Asia
    • 701-799 China
    • 801-897 Japan
  • DT Africa
    • 43-179 Northern Africa
    • 181-363 Central Africa
    • 365-469 East Africa
    • 470-720 West Africa
    • 727-971 Southern Africa
    • DU Oceania (south seas) and Australia
  • E North American History (primarily United States)
  • F 1-975 United States' local history
    • 1201-2191 Latin America
    • 2201-3799 South America
  • G Geography
  • HA Social Statistics
  • HN Social History and Conditions

Reference Works

Use the drop down menu above to find reference works related to history.  The guide is not comprehensive, so stop by the reference desk to chat with a librarian about finding information related to history.


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