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History: Books on U.S. & World History

A general guide to library and web resources in the field of history.

In-Depth Information on U.S. & World History

The library catalog is a great place to find in-depth information on topics in history, biographies of historical figures, overviews of movements and much more.  Use a simple keyword search to locate information on a particular topic.  You can also look for specific books by title or for books by an individual author or browse the stacks by call number.

Remember that books are still the best place to go to understand a topic from beginning to end.

What Else Can You Find in the Stacks?

If you're looking for essays on a particular topic, you might be tempted to look only in the databases for journal articles.  But books often collect a number of articles on a particular topic all in one place.  Below is a sample of some of the many books in the library's collection that contain essays on a single topic in history.

Still can't find it? Try WorldCat.

If you don't find what you need in Simmons' catalog, search WorldCat for books in other local libraries or in libraries around the world.

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Free E-Books!

Are you looking for an e-book that we don't have or for a free downloadable ebook version of your favorite title?  Try looking for it at one of these free e-book sites. Have fun exploring!

Serendipity in the Stacks: Browse by Call Number

One of the best ways to discover the perfect source for your topic is to browse the library stacks by call number range.  Each call number range represents a particular subject and all of the books on a particular topic will be located in the same general area on the shelves.  So if you want a book on the history of developing countries, go to the call number range beginning with D880 to see what we have!

 LC Call Number


 D 1-2017

 History (General)

 D (204)-(475)

 Modern history, 1453­-

 D 410-(475)

 20th Century

 D 880-888

 Developing countries

 D 900-2009

 Europe (General

 DA 1-995

 History of Great Britain

 DAW 1001-1051

 History of Central Europe

 DB 1-3150

 History of Austria. Liechtenstein. Hungary. Czechoslovakia

 DC 1-947

 History of France

 DD 1-(905)

 History of Germany

 DE 1-100

 History of the Greco-Roman world

 DF 10-951

 History of Greece

 DG 11-999

 History of Italy

 DH 1-925

 History of Low Countries. Benelux Countries

 DJ 1-(500)

 History of Netherlands (Holland)

 DJK 1-77

 History of Eastern Europe (General)

 DK 1-949.5

 History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics

 DL 1-1180

 History of Northern Europe. Scandinavia

 DP 1-402

 History of Spain

 DQ 1-851

 History of Switzerland

 DR 1-2285

 History of Balkan Peninsula

 DS 1-937

 History of Asia

 DT 1-3415

 History of Africa

 DU 1-950

 History of Oceania (South Seas)

 DX 101-301

 History of Romanies

 E 11-143


 E 151-889

 United States

 F 1-975

 United States local history

 F 1-105

 New England

 F 106-205

 Atlantic coast. Middle Atlantic States

 F 206-295

 The South. South Atlantic States

 F 296-395

 Gulf States. West Florida

 F 396-475

 Old Southwest. Lower Mississippi Valley

 F 476-590

 Old Northwest. Northwest Territory

 F 590.3-705

 The West. Trans-Mississippi Region. Great Plains

 F 721-785

 Rocky Mountains. Yellowstone National Park

 F 786-850

 New Southwest. Colorado River, Canyon, and Valley

 F 850.5-951

 Pacific States

 F 975

 Central American, West Indian, and other countries protected by and having close political affiliations with the United States (General)

 F 1001-1145.2

 British America

 F 1170

 French America

 F 1201-3799

 Latin America. Spanish America