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History: In the Library

This is a guide to the library's collection in History. It is not comprehensive, but rather provides a good starting point for research.

Call Numbers

If you want to browse the collection, these are some call numbers where you can find books about History.

  • -- General History
  • CB -- History of Civilization
  • CC -- Archaeology
  • CT -- Biography
  • -- General and Old World
  • D51-90 -- Ancient History
  • D111-203 -- Medieval History
  • D219-234 -- History, 1453-1648
  • D242-283.5 -- History, 1601-1715
  • D284-297 -- History, 1715-1789
  • D501-680 -- World War I
  • D731-838 -- World War II
  • DA -- Great Britain
  • DS -- Asia
  • DT -- Africa
  • E11-43 -- America, Pre-Colonial
  • E151-904 -- United States
  • E186-199 -- Colonial History, 1607-1775
  • E201-298 -- American Revolution, 1775-1783
  • E300-453 -- Revolution to Civil War, 1783-1861
  • E456-655 -- Civil War, 1861-1865
  • E660-738 -- 1865-1900
  • E740-837.7 -- 20th Century
  • E838-899 -- Late 20th Century, 1961-1999
  • E895-904 -- 21st Century
  • F1-975 -- US History, Local By State
  • F431-445 -- Tennesse History, General

Subject Headings

This is a list of suggested terms to use in a search for History resources in the Library Catalog:

  • Archaeology
  • Historiography
  • History
  • History of Civilization
  • History Philosophy
  • History Study & Teaching
  • History, Ancient
  • History, Modern

Find Sources

Search multiple databases and the library catalog.

Type in keywords, titles, or authors to find what the library has to offer on your topic.

Lookup a journal article by DOI or PMID



If you have a DOI or a PubMed ID (PMID), enter it here to begin your request. This will point you to immediate full-text access through our subscriptions or Open Access (if available).

Selected Books

These books are in the circulating collection.  You may check them out for five weeks at a time.  When you click on the book, it will take you to the catalog, where you can check whether the book is currently available, or when it is due back, as well as where it is located.

These are available on the third floor in the Reference Room.  They are for in-library use only, but you can make copies of pages as needed.


The following titles are a selection of what is available on the main (2nd) floor in the Audio/Visual Room:


Black history: a retrospective
Features the life, culture, and accomplishments of some of the most influential African Americans in history from the United States. From the oppression and hardship during the time of the Civil War to civil rights movements that paved the way to this country's first African-American president. A definitive retrospective of Black history in America.
Call #: Popular E185 .B53 2010 DVD

A brief history of the world
This course provides a survey of the expanse of human development and civilization across the globe. It begins with the invention of agriculture in the Neolithic era and ends with the urbanized, technologically sophisticated world of the 21st century.
Call #: Great D21.3 .B7 2007x DVD (Great Courses)

The history of the United States
Chronicles the history of the United States from colonial origins to the beginning of the 21st century.
Call #: Great E178.6 .G84 2003d DVD parts 1-7 and Guides (Great Courses)

The Mexican American War
Studies the controversial conflict, also known as "Mr. Polk's War," from both sides, exploring why it began, how it was fought, and why it ended in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Mexican and American historians unravel the many conflicting stories about the struggle, which features such figures as future president Zachary Taylor, Ulysses S. Grant, and Robert E. Lee.
Call #: Popular E404 .M47 2008 DVD

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