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History Research Guide: Books & e-Books

Provides resources for those interested in History.

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Tips for searching

Type keywords in the search field to find books that you are looking for.

If you get too many results, try using the Refine my Results bar on the left to receive more accurate results.

If you cannot find the book that you need from one of our libraries, try searching libraries statewide through UBorrow. Once you perform a search, there will be a link in the upper right hand corner.


E-books are books that have been downloaded into the library catalog for increased access.  They contain all of the content of a regular book.  E-books contain many useful features that make them easier to use than print books.  Such as:

  • You can access them whenever you want, whether or not the library is open.
  • While your session may expire with an e-book, you can always renew it.
  • Many e-books have a table of contents which allows you to jump to whatever chapter you are interested.
  • E-books have a search bar which allows you to search a word, phrase, or a few words. The search will give you every time the word has been used in the book and will take you directly to those pages.

To learn how to download ebooks onto your computer or tablet see our research guide on the topic here.

Reading Library of Congress Call Numbers

Reading LC Call Numbers

  • describes the subject arearead in alphabetical order
  • 66 -  describes the topic:read as a whole number
  • B634- describes the author's last name or title of work: read in alphabetical order, then the number as a decimal
  • 1999  - date of publication:read in chronological order

Finding History Books at PHSC


The Library's Books are shelved according to the Library of Congress' classification system.  

Want to browse the shelves?

The Library of Congress classification for History is Subclass C-F


Class C – Auxiliary Sciences of History

Main article: Library of Congress Classification:Class C -- Auxiliary Sciences of History

Subclass C – Auxiliary Sciences of History

Subclass CB – History of Civilization

Subclass CC – Archaeology

Subclass CD – Diplomatics. Archives. Seals

Subclass CE – Technical Chronology. Calendar

Subclass CJ – Numismatics

Subclass CN – Inscriptions. Epigraphy

Subclass CR – Heraldry

Subclass CS – Genealogy

Subclass CT – Biography

Class D – World History and History of Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, New Zealand, etc.

Main article: Library of Congress Classification:Class D -- History, General and Old World

Subclass D – History (General)

Subclass DA – Great Britain

Subclass DAW – Central Europe

Subclass DB – Austria – Liechtenstein – Hungary – Czechoslovakia

Subclass DC – France – Andorra – Monaco

Subclass DD – Germany

Subclass DE – Greco-Roman World

Subclass DF – Greece

Subclass DG – Italy – Malta

Subclass DH – Low Countries – Benelux Countries

Subclass DJ – Netherlands (Holland)

Subclass DJK – Eastern Europe (General)

Subclass DK – Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics – Poland

Subclass DL – Northern Europe. Scandinavia

Subclass DP – Spain – Portugal

Subclass DQ – Switzerland

Subclass DR – Balkan Peninsula

Subclass DS – Asia

Subclass DT – Africa

Subclass DU – Oceania (South Seas)

Subclass DX – Romanies

Class E – History of America

Main article: Library of Congress Classification:Class E -- History of America

Class E does not have any subclasses.

Class F – Local History of the Americas