Books are arranged by call number, indicated by the blue arrow in the image below. Be sure to check the status of the book, too. If it says "available," the book is on the shelf. If the book is checked out, the status will say "checked out."
Books with call numbers A - N are on the first floor of the library.
Books with call number P - Z are on the second floor of the library.
Call numbers are in the Library of Congress system. Each letter corresponds to a certain subject. For a list of letters and their subjects, see http://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/.
Reference books, print periodicals, movies and music are on the lower level of the library.
• Find books in different decades by sorting your search results chronologically or using the advanced search date option.
• Narrow your search results by topic if you're looking for a specific sub-topic or type of historical study.
• Browse the shelves for similar books on your topic.
• Look for information about publishers.
• Use a book's introduction and acknowledgements to learn the author's purpose, point of view, influences and other information that place her/his in the scholarly conversation about your topic.
• Look at the book's table of contents and its index to see what topics are prominent in the book.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries can give you good background information on the history of historical thought or on specific historians. You may learn names and concepts to look up in the book catalogs or article databases, and you will always find bibliographies.
Some of these books are only available by request from other I-Share libraries. You can find more books, on more specific topics, by searching the catalog.
Create your I-Share account to order books from other Illinois libraries, and create your Illiad account to order journal articles and books from all over the country.