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Writing a Critical Book Review for History Students: Find Books

A special topic guide on how to locate and use library resources to help you write your critical book review

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Find a book to review

Locate a book in Young Library on British history from 1500s--to Roman Times.

To find books at UK Libraries search using InfoKat Discovery

(Note: You can also find articles and all other types of formats searching in InfoKat Discovery, but for a more targeted, powerful search to locate relevant articles try the database's native interface.) 

Try starting with a keyword search

  1. Enter words that describe your topic (names, places, events, etc.).
  2. When you find a book on your topic, examine its subject headings for relevance to your topic.
  3. Click on a hyperlinked subject heading to perform subject heading search and retrieve related books.

You can also try performing a subject heading search in InfoKat Discovery, if you know a Library of Congress subject heading such as:

  • Great Britain -- History
  • Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
  • Great Britain -- Social life and customs
  • Great Britain -- Church history

Keep in mind that there are still many Library of Congress subject headings relevant to British History that do not begin with "Great Britain -- History" such as:

  • Magic -- England -- History -- To 1500
  • England -- Church history -- 16th century
  • Wales -- History -- Early works to 1800
  • Romans -- England

Use this InfoKat Discovery search box to get started or go to the Libraries' homepage.