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HIST:3145 Europe & US in the 20th Century: Books

Guide for students in HIST:3145

Locating Books in the InfoHawk Catalog

Locating Sources – InfoHawk catalog:

Basic Search

  • Title beginning with…
  • Author beginning with…
  • Subject beginning with… (Browse list of Subject Headings-LCSH)
    Limitations to Subject beginning with…search
    • Subject headings are usually not intuitive
    • Restricted to structured subject headings
    • Geography and time period may be too specific
    • May not necessarily lead to primary sources

Advanced Search

  • Can be restricted to specific collections/units, formats, or languages
  • Allows for more flexibility yet more precision
  • Uses Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
    • OR – allows any of the specified search terms to be present in the records of the items your search retrieves
    • AND - requires all of the specified search terms must be present in the records of the items your search retrieves
    • NOT – forbids specified search terms from being present in the records of the items your search retrieves

Keywords/Subject words you can use in combination with other search terms to locate primary sources the online catalog

  • autobiographies
  • documents/documentary
  • manuscripts
  • sources
  • correspondence
  • interviews
  • memoirs
  • memoirs

  • diaries
  • letters 
  • narratives  

Selected Reference Books

Subject Guide

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Janalyn Moss
The University of Iowa Libraries
100 Main Library
Iowa City, IA 52242


You aren't limited to what you can find at the University of Iowa Libraries. If you can't find what you need in InfoHawk, try Worldcat, a catalog with materials from thousands of libraries worldwide.Once you find what you need, you can request the book through our Interlibrary loan service.

Note: This is not for the procrastinator.You will need to allow at least a week for your request to be processed and the item shipped here from another location.

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