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HY 457/557: Studies in European History - Crimean War: Books


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 ("crimean war")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (russia? would find russia or russian)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for russia? war then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that one subject term could be russia--history, military  Click the subject heading to find more records with the subject.
  • Revise and refine your searches. Combine words or phrases.
  • Terms to try when searching for primary sources: diar?, "personal narratives", letters, sources, document?, records
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse stacks in that area. This can be done online by clicking the call no. link, which will take you to a browsable list of call nos. in order.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Some selected search terms:,

crimean war, 1853-1856

crimea? "personal narratives"

[country]  "crimean war"

crimea? "19th century"


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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.