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HIST318: American Colonial History (2020)

Browsing the stacks

Our library is organized by subject, using the Library of Congress Classification system. African American history is a broad subject, meaning you may find relevant books through the library. However, two call number ranges that may be particularly helpful are:

E11-E143              America

E75-E99                Native Americans

E101-E135            Discovery of America

E151-E889            United States

E184-E185            African American History

E186-E199            Colonial History

E201-E298            Revolution

E441-E453            Slavery

F1-F975                State & Local history

F221-F235            Virginia

Examples from our collection:

Searching for primary sources in books

When searching a database of books (think: OneSearch, Google Books, or WorldCat):

  • Use keywords associated with primary sources, like: diaries / journals / sources / personal narratives / correspondence / letters / documents

Also, look for Library of Congress Subject Headings with those terms. A few useful subject headings for this project: 

United States -- History -- Sources

United States -- History -- Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775 -- Sources

 United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Sources​

 United States -- History -- 19th century -- Sources