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HY 435: Civil War and Reconstruction: Finding Books

HY 435 and 535 focus on the US from 1840-1877.

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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.

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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 ("roman empire")
    • Truncation – use ? after the root of a word to find all its variants (islam? finds islam, islamic, islamism)
    • Browse the Subject(s) field in records to find the right words for searches. (Example: Try doing a keyword search for "peloponnesian war?" then look at the subject(s) field in several records. You’ll see that the subject term is "Greece --History --Peloponnesian War, 431-404 B.C." Click the subject heading link to find more records with this subject.)
  • Revise and refine your searches.
  • Watch for repeating call numbers and browse library bookstacks 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 database, 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 keyword search on SOUTHcat, since this is automatically added 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 library catalog.

  • "civil war"
  • confederate
  • union
  • reconstruction
  • "political crisis"
  • secession
  • Lincoln Administration
  • emancipation
  • freedmen
  • war between the states
  • "emancipation proclamation"
  • "Jim Crow"