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Resources for the Study of History

History/Social Sciences has a vast array of historical resources in its collection. Our collection includes books, magazines, and DVDs and includes primary source materials. Whether you are looking for ancient history, WWII photographs, or books about the Iraq War, we can help.

Some questions to consider:

  • What time period am I looking for
  • Am I looking for first-hand accounts
  • What format do I need the information to be in

Subject terms

While most of the time general terms will help you find what you need, there are a couple of instances where it pays to be specific in your search terms. Check out the “Narrow Your Search” box on the right side of the screen after you do your search. In addition, using these search terms in the Browse part of the catalog will let you start with you specific subject. Examples are listed below:

  • Iraq War, 2003 (to find information about the current Iraq War)
  • United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865
  • World War, 1914-1918
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

The call numbers below are the starting point to finding materials on the shelves. They serve as a location tool. For more specific call numbers, please click on the call number next to the part of the world you are interested in.

  • 910 Geography & travel (see travel pathfinder)
  • 930 Ancient History
  • 940 Europe
  • 950 Asia
  • 960 Africa
  • 970 North America
  • 980 South America

Magazine searching

There are two ways to search for magazine articles, depending on when the article was published:
Reader’s Guide to Periodical Literature-articles published before 1985
EbscoHost-articles published after 1985

The magazines listed below are a sample of the historical journals that History/Social Sciences carries. For more information about specific journals and how long we have carried them, please contact us.

African American interest

  • Ebony
  • Essence
  • Jet

Lifestyle

  • Cosmopolitan
  • People
  • Travel & Leisure

News magazines

  • Life
  • Newsweek

Politics

  • The Nation
  • National Review
  • The Progressive

Electronic Resources

  • Library of Congress-American Memory A resource produced by the Library of Congress that contains collections of magazines, photographs, maps, documents, audio and video an a vast array of subjects.
  • Internet Public Library-Arts and Humanities-History: History web sites that have been researched by library students, and have shown be useful.

Historical Societies

Interesting web pages

  • United States National Archive: This U.S. government serves as the repository of important U.S. documents. Records can be requested from them, and information on visiting the various branch locations can be found on their website
  • National Archives of the British museum: An online repository of some of the most important documents of the Western World. This web page contains images of the Magna Carta, Doomsday Book, and a note from the Black Death
  • United States Holocaust Museum: The primary Holocaust museum in the United States
  • The Society for Creative Anachronism: An international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating pre-17th-century European history
  • CIA World Factbook: Profiles of Countries around the world
  • About.com Ancient History: a moderated website that focuses on Ancient History
  • Asia Society: Asia Society is the leading global and pan-Asian organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of the United States and Asia.
  • PBS Explore: A nice website that explores Africa, and it includes lesson plans for teachers.

Blogs and Podcasts

  • History News Network: If it deals with history, the staff at the History News Network are talking about it.
  • History according to Bob: Bob Packett has been teaching history for over 30 years, and he shares stories about the people and events behind historical events via podcasts.
  • African Arguments: Hosted by the Royal African Society and the Social Science Research Council, they are hoping to make this site a space for vigorous debate about Africa

Examples of CHS magazines

African American interest

  • Crisis 1911-1998
  • Ebony 1962-present
  • Essence 1973-present
  • Jet 1975-present
  • Journal of Negro history 1916-1973

Lifestyle

  • Cosmopolitan 1886-present
  • People 1974-present
  • Sunset (focuses on the western United States) 1913-present
  • Travel and Leisure 1971-present

News magazines

  • Life 1936-2000
  • Illustrated London news 1842-2003
  • Life 1936-2000
  • National Geographic 1888-present
  • Newsweek 1935-present
  • Time 1934-present
  • U.S. News and World Report 1944-present

Politics

  • Nation 1865-present
  • National Review 1955-present
  • New American 1985-present
  • New Republic 1914-present

Professional Journals

  • American Historical Review 1895-present
  • History today 1958-present
  • Journal of Southern history 1935-present

Historical Dewey numbers

  • 900 Geography & history
  • 910 Geography & travel (see travel pathfinder)
  • 930 History of ancient world
    • 931 China
    • 932 Egypt
    • 933 Palestine
    • 934 India
    • 935 Mesopotamia & Iranian Plateau
    • 936 Europe north & west of Italy
    • 937 Italy & adjacent territories
    • 938 Greece
    • 939 Other parts of ancient world
  • 940 General history of Europe
  • 940.3 World War I 940.54 World War II
    • 941 British Isles
    • 942 England & Wales
    • 943 Central Europe Germany
    • 944 France & Monaco
    • 945 Italian Peninsula
    • 946 Iberian Peninsula
    • 947 Eastern Europe; Soviet Union
    • 948 Northern Europe; Scandinavia
    • 949 Other parts of Europe
  • 950 General history of Asia; Far East
    • 951 China
    • 952 Japan
    • 953 Arabian Peninsula
    • 954 South Asia; India
    • 955 Iran
    • 956 Middle East (Near East)
    • 956.70443 Iraq War
    • 956.7043 Vietnam War
    • 957 Siberia
    • 958 Central Asia
    • 959 Southeast Asia
  • 960 General history of Africa
    • 961 Tunisia & Libya
    • 962 Egypt & Sudan
    • 963 Ethiopia
    • 964 Morocco & Canary Islands
    • 965 Algeria
    • 966 West Africa
    • 967 Central Africa
    • 968 Southern Africa
    • 969 South Indian Ocean islands
  • 970 General history of North America
    • 971 Canada
    • 972 Middle America; Mexico
    • 973 United States
    Colonial History 973.4 Revolutionary War 973.7 Civil War 973.92 Presidential History
    • 974 Northeastern United States
    • 975 Southeastern United States
    • 976 South central United States
  • 976.4 Texas History
  • 976.42812 Dallas History
    • 977 North central United States
    • 978 Western United States
    • 979 Great Basin & Pacific Slope
  • 980 General history of South America
    • 981 Brazil
    • 982 Argentina
    • 983 Chile
    • 984 Bolivia
    • 985 Peru
    • 986 Colombia & Ecuador
    • 987 Venezuela
    • 988 Guiana
    • 989 Paraguay & Uruguay
  • 990 General history of other areas
    • 993 New Zealand
    • 994 Australia
    • 995 Melanesia; New Guinea
    • 996 Polynesia
    • 997 Atlantic Ocean islands
    • 998 Arctic islands & Antarctica

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