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United States History: Finding Books

American history resources and web sites for United States History I and II

Finding Books - Tutorial

If you'd like some extra help with finding books and e-books, try this short online tutorial.

Finding Books - Online Tutorial

This module is designed to take about 10 minutes to complete and includes lots of examples and some interactive practice.

Quick Search For Books

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Type the keyword(s) in the box below then press Enter or click the Search button.



Browsing for History Books in the Library

Many people would prefer to look at the shelves to choose a book.

Here’s a guide to useful call numbers to browse. (The call number is the address for books on the shelves. It groups them by topic.) There are many individual exceptions to the following.

Note: Biographies are mixed in with the books on a topic (military figures with the books on war, business figures with the books on economics, etc.) Some instructors don't allow autobiographies, so be sure to check.

You may want to print this to have as you go through the library.

History 1301, U.S. History I, covers up to 1877. History 1302, U.S. History II, covers 1877 to the present.

General American History

American Indians

E 99

American Colonial Period

E 186 - 189

American Revolution to pre-Civil War (including slavery)

E 300 - 483

Civil War

E 456 - 655

Late 1800s

E 660 – 738

Early 1900s

E 740 - 783


E 784 -805


E 806 -812

Post World War II to present

E 813 – end of E’s

World Wars I and II                                            D 501 – 838

Vietnam War                                                        DS 557 – 558

General military history                                    UB 1 - 900

Naval history                                                       V

State and local history                                      F (Texas is F 381 – 395)

U.S. social history

          Civil rights movements                               E 185.61

          American ethnic groups                             E 184 – 185

          Social movements, social problems         HN 54 - 90

          American women’s history                         HQ 1115 – 1410

           Witchcraft in U.S. history                              BF1576 - 1999

U.S. economic history                                       HN 54 - 109


Locating American History Books

Books related to American History topics can be found at all campus librares. A catalog search (see the box to the left) is the best way to search for books on American history, but if you want to browse the shelves, most American history materials can be found within the following call number ranges:

D619-D838; E1-E49.2; E151-E889; F203-F596; F786-F910

Below are a few recent titles available at the Riverside library:

New Books Lists

Reading Lists

Want to know which history books are available at each ACC Library? Visit the US History 1301 and US History 1302 Reading List Guides.



Streaming Media

Links to Films on Demand videos covering numerous history genres. Remember that you can narrow your search to a specific history subject by using the search box on either site.

Searching strategies

As you search for books in the Catalog or in our databases, here are a few examples of possible search strategies for history topics:

  • American Civil War and Texas
  • American Revolutionary War and nurses
  • Texas and Rangers

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