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History 200D: Monarchy, Middle Ages to the Present

Introduces history majors to basic research library concepts (you should master before History 498). Provides both a broad overview of the source types collected by research libraries, and also lists specific sources relevant to research for this course.

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From Citation to Source: Books

If you have a citation for a book, and you want to obtain a copy of that book, you first need to determine whether the University of Illinois Library owns a copy of the book. To determine whether we own a copy, you will use the Library Catalog:

The Library Catalog will include records for both ebooks and print books, so if we have a copy of the book as an ebook, you will a record for the ebook in the Library Catalog.

If the Library owns a copy of the book, but the book is already checked out to another patron, or if the Library does not own a copy of the book, then you will next search the I-Share Catalog to see if the book is available to you through I-Share:

If the book is not available through I-Share, then you will use your complete citation to request a copy through interlibrary loan:

Library Catalogs

If the Library does not have the book you need, or else the book you need is charged, then you should next search the:

After you have explored the books available to you here at the University of Illinois, and also at other I-Share libraries, you will want to expand your search using:

If you find a book in WorldCat that you would like to use for your research, you can request it through:

Shelf Browsing

For more detail on the Dewey Decimal Classification, consult the Library's Guide to the Dewey Decimal System:

For more detail on Library of Congress Classification, consult the Library of Congress Classification Outline:

Digitized Book Collections (Ebooks)

Listed below are ebook collections, which have the obvious advantage of supporting full-text keyword searching across an entire corpus. Individual ebook titles are also discoverable through the Library Catalog (see above).