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Library and internet resources for historical research.


Books provide comprehensive, broad coverage of a given topic, including background or historical information. Many, but not all, books are written by scholars and published by University presses and scholarly associations. These would be considered scholarly, academic, and authoritative sources.

Find Books in the SLU Libraries

Search for books using the Saint Louis University Libraries' Catalog.

Finding Books on a Topic with the SLU Libraries Catalog

Browse the Shelves by Call Number

Materials in the library are arranged in Library of Congress call number order (which is basically subject order). History materials can be found in the D's (located on Lewis Annex Level 4), E's, and F's (located on the 2nd floor of Pius Library). Here is a list of more detailed subclasses.

D World History
DA-DR European History
DJK-DK Eastern Europe, Russia & Poland
DS  Asia 
DT  Africa
DU Australia, New Zealand
E 11-143 America 
E 151-     United States History (includes African-American Studies at E 185)
F 1-975  United States Local History (includes St. Louis at F 474 & Missouri at F 466)
F 1001- Other Countries (includes Canada, & countries of Central & South America)

How to Get a Book

1. Search the SLU Libraries Catalog by title, author, subject, or keyword.

2. When you find a book, make note of its current status (checked out or available), library location, and call number. Pius Library location links are clickable and lead to a call number location guide

3. Go to the appropriate library and floor to retrieve your book and check it out at the library's circulation desk with your SLU ID.

To find books in Missouri's academic libraries (and a few public libraries), search the MOBIUS Catalog

To find books in Colorado and Wyoming, search Prospector. 

To find books in U.S. libraries (and beyond), search WorldCat