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HIS 105: Books/eBooks

U.S. History 1877-Present

Finding Books

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.

  • Call numbers can be found:
    • STACKS location = third floor
  • When you find a book on the shelf that seems useful to your topic, look around it for other possible resources.
  • Books in the stacks can be checked out for four weeks. Take your books to the Desk--you must have your Parkland ID! 



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.

Parkland College Library
2400 West Bradley Avenue
Champaign, IL 61821

Fax: 217/351-2581