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The Library of Congress has designated several letters to indicate major divisions in history, with double letters denoting more specific categories (e.g. DS - Asia):
Use Google Book Search to discover additional books addressing your topic (full-text keyword search).
Presuming a researcher knows the title or author of the book she is seeking, searching within the catalog is a simple matter -- she will simply type one or more of these terms in the catalog's search field, where the default search is "Simple Keywords," or use the dropdown menu to select a different search category (in this case, "Title" or "Author").
Finding relevant books for a topic about the researcher knows little is slightly more complicated, but following these steps is a good start:
Once you've found one or two books that look promising for your research, an additional way to find similar works is to click on the book's call number, which will place the book in an ascending list of the books around it -- the books with call numbers closest to your book will take up similar subjects.
Researchers should also remember to browse around a book in the stacks. As books are arranged by subject according to LC subject classifications, the books physically closest to a book in which you are interested may be germane to your topic.
LINK+ is a consortium of over 50 public and academic libraries in California and Nevada. Whittier College patrons can electronically request an item not available in Wardman Library and have it is delivered to them in 2-4 days. The service is free and extremely convenient. The loan period is 21 days with one renewal. Go to our Link+ page to get started and follow the prompts below:
If the item you are searching for is not available through LINK+, you can request it through Interlibrary Loan.
The Library of American Civilization (LAC) is a collection of 4,500 books, pamphlets, and periodicals, most of which are out-of-print, that take up "aspects of American life and literature from their beginnings to the outbreak of World War I." Catalogers at the Arnold Bernhard Library at Quinnipac University have linked records from the LAC (which was once available only on a format called "ultrafiche") to the now-digitized versions of these texts.
To search, enter your search term in the window at the top of the screen after the jump; to view one of the titles in the LAC, click on the "View this e-book" link associated with each record:
Google Book Search (below) and the Internet Archive include nearly ten million volumes, with full-text searching capabilities. Full-text searching means researchers can discover books using key words and phrases within the text, instead of having to rely on titles, authors, or subject terms as in library catalogs.
Many of the books in Google Book Search and the Internet Archive (and especially those with older copyrights) are available online in their entirety; others are partially readable online, but in many cases, relevant pages will be viewable.