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History - United States

A guide to library and quality web resources useful for U.S. history research

Find Books - Midcat & Other Library Catalogs

MIDCAT (within LibrarySearch).  Includes books, documents, dvds, and more but does NOT include articles

""  Worldcat - Find and borrow items from libraries world-wide. Click on the Request Item from Interlibrary Loan icon from the record to request an item.

Digital Collections of Older Books

Digital Collections of Older Books

Book Reviews

Using Bibliographies

Research Tip:

  • Use the bibliographies of the sources you find to identify additional primary and secondary resources to locate and use.

Find More on a Subject in Library Catalogs

If you find a useful item in MIDCAT or Worldcat, check the subject headings in the full record and click on any that look useful to find more resources with that subject.

MIDCAT example:

midcat record for the civil war in the western theater, 1862

Browse by Historical Time Period

In MIDCAT, use a SUBJECT search and browse by [Country name] -- history --  


Page through results until you've seen all of your options.  You'll find broad date ranges as well as headings for specific time periods or events. 


midcat subject search united states history


What's the difference between keyword and subject search?

Keyword searches the entire database record (titles, descriptions, subjects).  You can use any terms you think might show up in a record.

Subject only searches the subject heading field of the record.  It only uses Library of Congress subject headings ("controlled vocabulary").

Tip: start with a keyword search.  When you find something relevant, follow the subject links to find related items or incorporate the subject terms into your keyword search.

Call Numbers

Research Tip:  Our library call numbers are based on subject.

  • You can click on the call number of an item in MIDCAT to browse a subject and see what else is on the shelf nearby or available as an E-book. 
  • You can also check the Library of Congress classification outline to pinpoint specific subject areas of the library collection to browse.

Find Primary Sources in Books

Search strategies can be found on this handout:

Finding Primary Sources in the Library using MIDCAT