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History - U.S.: InfoKat Discovery

A general guide for researching U.S. history

InfoKat Discovery -- Finding Books


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 such as:

  • 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 relevant to American History 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.  

The following call number ranges contain works relevant to American history:

  • E11-E143: History of America
  • E151-E889: History of the United States
  • F1-F971: United States Local History (regions, states and cities)
  • PS1-3576: American Literature

For more detailed call number information see:

William T. Young Library - full floor map