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HIST 105: US History to 1877 - Kerrigan: Finding Books

Resources for Kerrigan's HIST 105, US History to 1877

Finding Books

How do you find books on our shelves? Look for the location and the call number.

The location tells you where in the library the book is located. Some of the most common locations you'll see are:

  • Muskingum Stacks - The main book collection, located on all three floors.
  • Muskingum Popular Reading - In the Gupta Reading Room
  • MuskingumYoung Adult - In the Gupta Reading Room
  • Muskingum Juvenile Collection - Upstairs in the Pingledis Family Children's Library

Call numbers tell you where the book is located, as well as what it's about. The Muskingum University Library uses Library of Congress call numbers.

  • A-D - Main floor in the Burlingame Room (on your right when you enter)
  • N - Main floor in the Gardener Center
  • H-HJ - Main floor in the Hutchinson Reference Center
  • HM-Z - Basement

Be sure to look at the books shelved around the one you want. They're shelved by subject, so you may find a great book that way!

Reading Call Numbers

Parts of a call number

Putting them in order

Why Books?

Books are often a great place to start your research. They differ from articles in several key ways:

  • They're longer - which means that they will give you a lot of information in one place. 
  • They give you background. Books will almost always explain the general ideas surrounding their research - something articles don't always have the space to do. They can help ground you in a topic before you get into more specific ideas.
  • They provide context. You can learn how Hamilton's ideas of slavery fit into his other thoughts about the revolution, and put all the pieces together.

When looking for books, remember that books are big! Use broader search terms. For example, try 'Hamilton and slavery' instead of the more specific 'Hamilton and slavery and Philip Schuyler'. 

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