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HY 135: U.S. History to 1877: Finding Books

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Subscription E-Books

The USA Libraries subscribe to several subscription e-book collections. These collections tend to focus on a specific discipline or field of study in their coverage.

SOUTHcat

To find books and government documents in USA Libraries' collections, use SOUTHcat: USA Libraries' Catalog.

  • Catalog tips and tricks:
    • Keyword searches – use quotation marks to hold phrases together ("colonial period")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (biograph? finds biography, biographies)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "thomas jefferson," then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826." Click the subject heading to find more records with this subject.)
  • Revise and refine your searches.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Suggested Search Terms

Below are some suggested search terms to use when searching the SOUTHcat catalog or library databases. Search techniques may vary with each databases, so look at help screens or ask a librarian for suggestions about using quotation marks and truncation symbols.

Leave out the word "and" when doing a single keyword searches on SOUTHcat, since "and" is automatically added between words if the phrase is not in quotes. Put phrases in quotation marks to search as a phrase. Use ? as a truncation or wildcard symbol in the catalog. SOUTHcat will ignore internal punctuation in a word, for example: ching will find ch'ing.

Subject
united states-history-colonial period
women - united states-history-18th century
slavery-united states-history-17th century

Keywords
"united states" "colonial period" sources
women "colonial period" diar?
american newspapers colonial
"indians of north america" sources
colonial “united states” letter?
newspaper? "united states" bibliograph?
"thomas jefferson" correspondence

Search Google Books

Part of Google's library-scanning project. Only books in the public domain are shown in full text. Others may have just a citation or show selected pages from the book. Remember, you can check SOUTHcat to see if we have a book you find in Google Books if the full text is not available.