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HIS 411: Life Stories in Historical Context: FIND BOOKS

Books @ Stony Brook

Books often provide a better overview of a subject than articles, which can focus on a very specific aspect of a larger topic.  Here are some examples of books that might be useful for your research.

Search the Library Catalog

Search STARS for books, DVDs and other materials.

For journal or newspaper titles, use the
Journal Catalog.

Catalog Home | Advanced Search

Subject Headings

 When you find a book that looks good, scroll down to the bottom of the screen, and you’ll see the Library of Congress subject headings.  You can click on these links to find more books on that subject.  You can also use these subject headings when searching databases, WorldCat, and many digital collections on the internet.

Learn some basic Library of Congress Subject Headings for your topic.

Look for Bibliographies & Indexes in Subject Headings. These can be useful resources.

Library of Congress subject headings often used for primary sources:

  • Sources
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Interviews
  • Personal narratives
  • Biography (includes memoirs)

Google Books

Google Books is extremely useful, because it searches the complete text of a book.  It can help you find books that may not come up in the library catalog.  When you find a book that looks good, then do a "Title starts with" search in SEARCH to see if the Library has it.

As of August 2013, Google Books contained over 30 million scanned books.  Many from before 1923 are available full-text.

WorldCat

WorldCat is a catalog of most libraries in the U.S. & Canada and many from other countries. Find books, DVDs, web sites, musical scores, archival material and more.

There are two versions of WorldCat, the subscription version from First Search, which is below and which I recommend, and the free version.  If you find something you need while searching in WorldCat, and we don't own it, we can usually get it from another library. See InterLibrary Loan (ILL) to learn more. One great feature of the First Search version is that it automatically fills out your ILL request form.

Interlibrary Loan (ILL)

Remember - if we don't have an article or a book at Stony Brook that you need, you can order it free of charge through our Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

We will request a copy from another library.

Request an item or set up an account.

Note: Textbooks are not available through this service.