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History: Start Here

The purpose of this guide is to help you get the most out of Greenwood Library's resources for research in history.

Where do I start?

Below are some of our most useful resources.  You will find the complete list of History Resources in our Databases A to Z list.


Secondary Sources

Primary Sources

Historical Newspapers


Browse for Books

Depending on your topic, you may need to look in multiple sections of the Library collection. In the Library, if you want to browse, here are some shelf ranges that might be appropriate. If you need help, ask us!

  • C – Auxiliary Sciences of History (General)
    • Subclass CB – History of Civilization
    • Subclass CC – Archaeology
    • Subclass CR – Heraldry
    • Subclass CS – Genealogy
    • Subclass CT – Biography
  • D – World History (except American History)

  • E – American History

  • F – Local History of the United States and British, Dutch, French, and Latin America

And, you may also find useful books in:

  • ​B – Philosophy, Psychology, Religion

  • G – Geography, Anthropology, Recreation

A few books you might try: