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History: Books

A general guide to UK Libraries' resources for historical research.

Search Tips for Finding Books

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.  Here are some subject heading searches using US History as an example.  Depending upon what era, country, culture, event, etc., you are researching, try looking for those subject headings using the steps for keyword searching listed above.

  • United States -- History
  • United States -- History -- 1865-1873
  • United States -- History -- 1919-1933 -- Pictorial Works
  • United States -- History -- 20th Century -- Sources

Keep in mind that there are still many Library of Congress subject headings that do not begin with "United States -- History" such as:

  • Fires -- Illinois -- Chicago -- History -- 19th century
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804-1806)
  • Anti-communist movements -- Middle West -- History -- 20th century

Serendipity Through Browsing the Stacks

Often times you'll find relevant books on your topic just by simply browsing the stacks.  

Use these clickable guides below to discover what call number ranges are relevant to your research.


Disciplines Relevant to History:

William T. Young Library - Map