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HIS 108/109 World History: Books/eBooks

EBSCO eBooks

Wikipedia Alternatives

Use the following online reference sources for preliminary research as you're trying to learn about your topic. You can also find further sources of information here. These should not, however, be considered scholarly sources or be cited as such in your research paper. 

More ebooks

Libraries are working to digitize older materials to make them more easily available. (Items must be out of copyright, so generally over 70 years old).These two sites are great places to look for historical works:

Just the Catalog

When looking specifically for bound, paper books it is sometimes easier to use the library catalog.

 Search Library Catalog Only

This also allows you to discover books you can easily request from other libraries. See more information below, under "I-Share."


Need more than what you found at Parkland?  I-Share can help!  I-Share is a network of over 90 college, university and research libraries in Illinois that lend books to each other.  Use your Parkland username and password to request books!

  • No charge
  • Books come to Parkland Learning Commons for you to pick up and check out
  • You return books to Parkland Learning Commons

Hints for the Catalog

Browsing Hint: General books on Western Civilization can be found on the shelf starting with call number CB245.

Search Strategies:

When you find a book in the Catalog that you like:

  • Click on the link beneath the book for more information, often a summary or table of contents, to see if the book will be useful to your research.
  • Click on the terms to the right of Subject (LCSH) to see a list of all the books that have been tagged with that subject heading.
  • Click on the call number to see books that are around it on the shelf and likely on the same topic.
  • You can also text yourself the call number!

Now you're ready to go to the shelves to find your books. Books on on the second floor of the library. When you find a book on the shelf that seems useful to your topic, look around it for other possible resources

Books in the main stacks can be checked out for four weeks. Take your books to the Main Desk--you must have your Parkland ID!

Parkland College Library
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821

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