Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: Aug 01, 2019     Views: 89

You do have to have a subject in order to search for books, but if you want to browse shelves for books before you decide on a specific subject, you can use the Library of Congress Classification Outline to see where you should be browsing.

  1. Go to the Library of Congress Classification Oultine on the Find Books on Shelves page of the How to Find Books guide.
  2. For American History 1400 to 1860, click on E -- HISTORY OF THE AMERICAS (PDF file).
  3. From there you can see that Colonial History starts in the E 186's, so you can start browsing there.

You can also try looking out our American History guide (link below) to find great books by time period.

Comments (1)

  1. May I also suggest these three titles from our Reference Collection: E 174.5 C3 1972 -- Encyclopedia of American facts and dates E174 .E53 2002 -- Encyclopedia of American history E 45 G74 1997 -- Great events from history : North American series
    by Kathie on Oct 07, 2010

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