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History: Europe: Books, Maps, Media etc.

Books, media, etc. - what are they?

These are equivalent to what you would find on the shelf in a library.

  • Books on a single topic by one (or two or three...) authors.
  • Books which are edited volumes where each chapter is written by a different expert.
  • Audio-visual material such as DVDs, videos, CDs, etc.
  • Scores and librettos.

See the Articles tab for locating journals, magazines and newspapers.

Books, Media, etc. - how to search for them

  1. Try a title or keyword search on your topic.
  2. Look at several relevant records from the results list and note words and phrases from the "subject" area.
  3. Go back to the search screen and search BY SUBJECT using the words you identified in step 2.
  4. When you find something useful, either copy down the call number and location (if it is in our library) or submit an interlibrary loan

More detailed directions can be found on our Searching Databases page.

Searching for media

Major search tools for books

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Searching BearCat (and other catalogs) for history

Use Basic Search to find books listed by author keyword and title keyword.

Books are also assigned subject terms in the catalog. A book is given the most specific subject(s) which fully describes its contents. Use Basic Search / Words in Subject search to look for specific subjects such as: AGRICULTURE--ENGLAND -- HISTORY, as well as broad subject headings such as EUROPE--HISTORY--18TH CENTURY.

Remember that books on broad subjects may well have sections dealing with the more specific topic you are researching.

Time periods are especially important when searching for history books. Each country or city will have time periods appropriate to that place. To find the time periods used for the history of a country, city, or region, do a Basic Search by “Subject begins with...…”. Type in the PLACE NAME and the word HISTORY. Then you can browse through screens of time period subdivisions. This is very useful for places with many history books in our collection.

Example: Great Britain History - you will see the many time periods of British history to choose from - in 3 groupings, listed one after the other.

  1. historical periods named by century, e.g.
    • Great Britain -- History -- 14th century
    • Great Britain -- History -- 18th century
  2. historical periods with date ranges, e.g.
    • Great Britain -- History -- 1066-1687
    • Great Britain -- History -- 1760-1789
  3. historical periods with names (listed alphabetically), e.g.
    • Great Britain -- History -- Edward VII (1901-1910)
    • Great Britain -- History -- George III, 1760-1820

Clearly, you will want to check all three sequential lists.

If you just use Basic Search / "All Fields" or "Words in Subject" for - Great Britain History - you get more than 2700 hits, with time periods all mixed together.

Also, use the SUBJECTS listed on the catalog records themselves to identify other useful search terms.

Maps & Atlases Online

Maps & Atlases Print

The Times Atlas of World History
Call Number: Ref. G1030 .T54 1993

Rand McNally Atlas of World History
Call Number: Ref. G1030 .R3 1965

Historical Atlas of the World
Call Number: Ref. G1030 .H54 1981

The Anchor Atlas of World History
Call Number: G1030 .K552 1974 v.2

Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World
Call Number: Ref G 1033 .B3 2000

Atlas of Classical History
Call Number: Ref G 1033 .A833 1985

Atlas of the Greek and Roman World in Antiquity
Call Number: Ref. G1033 .A84 1981

The Historic Mediterranean: 800 B.C. to A.D. 1500
Call Number:  Map case: G 5672.M4S1 1982 N38

The Harper Atlas of the Bible
Call Number: Ref G2230.H47 1987

Atlas of Mesopotamia.
Call Number: Ref G 2251.E6B42 1962

Atlas of the year 1000
Call Number: Ref. G1034 .M15 1999

Atlas of World War I
Call Number: Ref G1037 .G5 1994

The Times Atlas of the Second World War
Call Number: Ref. G1038 .T6 1989

The Chronological Atlas of World War Two
Call Number: Ref. G1038 .M37 1989

A World Atlas of Military History, 1945-1984
Call Number: Ref. G1030 .H37 1988

Atlas of the 20th century
Call Number: Ref. G1035 .N3 1982

Graphic History of the Americas
Call Number: Ref. G1101.S1 M5 1969

Recent History Atlas 1860 to 1960
Call Number: G1035 .G5 1967

Historical Atlas, Medieval and Modern
Call Number: G1030 .M84 1963

Atlas of the Valley of the Kings
Call  number: Atlas Case G2492.V3 A8 2003

The history atlas of Africa
Call number:  Ref. G2446.S1 K3 1998

Can't find it here?

Browsing the stacks

CR Heraldry

D History (General)

  • 51 - 95 Ancient history
  • 111 - 203 Medieval history
  • 351 - 400 19th century
  • 410 - 472 20th century
  • 501- 838 Word War I, II (more)

DA Great Britain

  • 1 - 995 Great Britain, Englad, Whales, Scotland, Ireland (more)

DB Central Europe

  • 1 - 3150 Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia etc. (more)

DC France

  • 1 - 947 France, Andorra, Monaco (more)

DD Germany

  • 1 - 905 Germany including West Germany, Prussia etc. (more)

DE Mediterranean Region

  • 1 - 100 The Mediterranean region. Greco-Roman world (more)

DF Greece

  • 10 - 951 Greece, Ancient Medieval, Modern etc. (more)

DG Italy

  • 11 - 999 Italy, Rome, Venice, Papal States etc. (more)

DH Low Countries

  • 1 - 925 Belgium, Luxembourg etc. (more)

DJ Netherlands

  • 1 - 500 Netherlands (Holland) (more)

DL Northern Europe, Scandinavia

  • 1 - 1180 Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland (more)

DP Iberia

  • 1 - 402 Spain, Portugal (more)

DQ Switzerland

  • 1 - 851 Switzerland, Cantons, Alps (more)

DR Balkan Peninsula

  • 1 - 2285 Bulgaria, Romania, Turkey etc. (more)

DS Asia (Near East, Islamic World, East Asia)


DT Africa

  • 43-145  Egypt

DX Gypsies


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