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History: United States: Finding Books

Use UNISTAR to Find Books

Use UNISTAR, the online catalog, to identify and locate books and other resources about United States history. UNISTAR may be found under the Library Catalog tab on the Rod Library home page. To ensure that you use appropriate subject terms when you search UNISTAR, consult the Library of Congress Subject Headings books which are located at the Reference Desk. A wide range of subject headings will lead to information about United States history. Useful headings include:

  • African Americans
  • Southern states
  • Civil War, 1861-1865
  • United States--Foreign relations
  • Depressions--1929--United States
  • Indians of North America
  • West (United States)
  • Progressives (United States politics)
  • Women--Suffrage--United States
  • Revolution, 1775-1783
  • World War, 1939-1945

If you are having trouble identifying a specific subject heading, try looking for your topic as a keyword search.  Once you have identified books in your area of interest, you may click on the subject headings in their UNISTAR records to identify additional books in this area.

Also check Google Books for the full text of older books.

Google Books

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Try HathiTrust for Full Text Books

Click on HathiTrust Digital Library for the full text of books from the HathiTrust consortium.