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HY 496/596: Introduction to Public History: Books

These reference sources may help you find good information for this class. This guide is by no means comprehensive; rather, it is intended to serve as a starting point for your research and assignments. For further assistance, see the Help & More tab to c


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 ("public history")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (histor? would find history or histories or historical or historian)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for: alabama  "civil rights", then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject terms could be "African Americans--Civil rights." or "Civil rights movements--Alabama."  Click the subject heading to find more records with the subject.
  • Revise and refine your searches. Combine words or phrases.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area. You can browse online by clicking the call no. link to see a shelf list.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.
  • Use the "Curbside Pickup" link on the Marx Library homepage to request print books from our collection.

Some selected search terms:

Civil rights workers--United States

jews persecution

[country]  antisemitism

[country] jews discrimination


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.

Searching Outside Marx Library

To find items on  your topic that are not within the USA Libraries' collection, try Worldcat and Google Books. If you find something useful, we may be able to get it for you from another library via interlibrary loan.