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Books can be used to gain new ideas, perspectives on a historical topic, plus to find new sources on a topic.
Below are four ways to find books.
Four Ways to Find and Use Books
The Texas Wesleyan University Library catalog allows you to search through the print books that are located on the third floor. You can also access many electronic books through the catalog.
- Select the Books and More tab on the home page.
- Type in your topic in the search box.
- To limit to primary sources, on the results page look to the left of the search results where it says narrow search. Look for the word OPRIMARY. These are the primary sources about your topic.
Worldcat is a world catalog because it allows you to search the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide Worldcat has over 2 billion items to search.
If borrowing is not an option, or it will take too long to borrow from another library, can can search Amazon to purchase a copy of a needed book.
This service allows you to borrow from another library. You submit the request for a book or journal article, and we'll find a library that has the requested item, ask them to send a copy to us, and then we'll notify you when the item is available.
Library of Congress Classification
Library of Congress Classification Outline
The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress.
The Library of Congress Classification (LCC) is a classification system that was first developed in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to organize and arrange the book collections of the Library of Congress. It has since been adopted as the standard classification system of many university libraries, including the West Library at Texas Wesleyan University.
Detailed Library of Congress Classification for History
- C: Auxiliary Sciences of History
- CB: History of Civilization
- CC: Archaeology
- D: World History
- DA: Great Britain
- DAW: Central Europe
- DB: Austria Liechtenstein. Hungary. Czechoslovakia
- DC: France
- DD: Germany
- DE: Greco-Roman World
- DF: History of Greece
- DG: History of Italy
- DH: History of Low Countries. Benelux Countries
- DJ: History of Netherlands (Holland)
- DJK: History of Eastern Europe (General)
- DK: History of Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics
- DL: History of Northern Europe. Scandinavia
- DP: History of Spain
- DQ: History of Switzerland
- DR: History of Balkan Peninsula
- DS: History of Asia
- DT: History of Africa
- DU: History of Oceania (South Seas)
- DX: History of Romanies
- E: United States History
- E186-199 Colonial history (1607-1775)
- E201-298 The Revolution, 1775-1783
- E300-453 Revolution to the Civil War, 1775/1783-1861
- E456-655 Civil War period, 1861-1865
- E660-738 Late nineteenth century, 1865-1900
- E740-837.7 Twentieth century
- E838-889 Later twentieth century, 1961-2000
- E895-904 Twenty-first century
- F: United States Local History
- F106 Atlantic coast. Middle Atlantic States
- F161-175 Delaware
- F176-190 Maryland
- F191-205 District of Columbia. Washington
- F206-220 The South. South Atlantic States
- F221-235 Virginia
- F236-250 West Virginia
- F251-265 North Carolina
- F266-280 South Carolina
- F281-295 Georgia
- F296-395: Gulf States
- F306-320 Florida
- F321-335 Alabama
- F336-350 Mississippi
- F350.5-355 Mississippi River and Valley. Middle West
- F366-380 Louisiana
- F381-395: Texas
- F396 Old Southwest. Lower Mississippi Valley
- F406-420 Arkansas
- F431-445 Tennessee
- F446-460 Kentucky
- F461-475 Missouri