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HY 471 - Atlantic World: 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 ("social condition?")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (antisemit? would find antisemite or antisemitism)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for anti-semit? 1920s, then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject terms could be "antisemitism-Poland-20th century." or "antisemitism-Germany-20th century."  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.
  • Pay attention to the Location and Status fields. You will need this information to locate the item in the library.

Some selected search terms:

  • "united states" "colonial period" sources
  • "united states" "colonial period" document?
  • women "colonial period" diar?
  • american newspapers colonial
  • "indians of north america" sources
  • colonial "united states" letter?
  • "indians of north america"
  • iroquois
  • mohawk
  • algonquian
  • (other tribal names)
  • slavery and america and history
  • africans and america and history
  • "united states" and history and colonial
  • "great britain" and history and colonies and america


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.