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Milne Library SUNY Geneseo Subject Guides


* History: Finding Books

Finding Books

Advice on Searching for Primary Sources

You will get limited results if you try to search for "primary sources" in library databases since the Library of Congress does not use that subject heading.  Try searching these subject headings instead:

sources
personal narratives

documents

speeches
memoirs
diaries
documents
interviews
oral history
letters

You will get limited results searching for the word "autobiography" since the Library of Congress does not use that subject heading.  Try searching for "biography" but then look to make sure that the author is also listed as a subject. That is your clue that the person is writing about him or herself, and that is a primary source.

Recommended Resources

In all three of these databases, the "GET IT" button will enable you to request the book from another library if Geneseo does not have it.

Browse Call Numbers

On the top floor of the library, the books are arranged according the the Library of Congress Classification system. Once you know the general area where books on your topic are kept, it can be very effective to browse the shelves.

D History (General)
DA Great Britain
DAW Central Europe
DB Austria - Liechtenstein - Hungary - Czechoslovakia
DC France - Andorra - Monaco
DD Germany
DE Greco-Roman World
DF Greece
DG Italy - Malta
DH Low Countries - Benelux Countries (Continued on next page)
DJ Netherlands (Holland)
DJK Eastern Europe (General)
DK Russia. Soviet Union. Former Soviet Republics - Poland
DL Northern Europe. Scandinavia
DP Spain - Portugal
DQ Switzerland
DR Balkan Peninsula
DS Asia
DT Africa
DU Oceania (South Seas)
DX Romanies

E 11-143 America
E 151-904  United States

F 1-975 United States local history
F 1001-1145.2  British America (including Canada)
F 1201-3799  Latin America. Spanish America

How to Read Call Numbers


Uncertain of where to start searching for your call number?
Check out the floorplan for the Upper Level